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(no subject) [Feb. 4th, 2005|08:56 pm]
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Ok, heres the deal. There is this nifty little program that Gregg told me about that creates a secure (encrypted) private P2P network. It could be somewhat of a public P2P network, but that defeats the purpose of having it. I am gonna post some instructions to download, install, and set up the program, and after that, give you an idea of how to use it.

First, go to Waste and download the latest versrion for your operating system (Win, Unix/Linux, or Mac). After the download is finished, open it up and install it, following the prompts as they occurr, and yes, it is necessary to move the mouse when instructed to. The program has a nifty way of generating a random user key which makes it impossible to generate the same key more than once. NOTE: Use the reccomended encryption because higher encryption settings will cause higher load times for users.

After the instillation is completed, open it up, and click File -> Preferences. Next, click on Private Key, and click "Copy my public key to the clipboard". If you dont have a private key, then you didnt set up the program properly, however, you can generate a new one by clicking "Generate Private key..." in the same menu. This key is used to allow other people to connect to you and download files from you.

To gain access to anyone elses files you are going to need their "public key". Once you get their public key, save it to a txt file, and then open the Properties menu again, this time clicking on "Public Keys". Click on add, and search for the txr file you saved with someones user key. This will add them to your list. Others will have to do this with your key, and it is NOT adviseable to post your key in any forums or send the txt file with your key around. The whole idea of this is to keep things on the down-low.

Now would be a good time to set up which files you have shared. In the Properties menu, click on "Sending" under the "File Transfers" menu and click "Add" to specify which folder(s) you want to share. These will be the only folders accessable by other users. If you add files to these folders over time, you probably want to click "Rescan" to add the new files to the database of downlaodable files.

The final piece of information you are going to need is your IP Address and the IP Address of the user you are trying to connect to. Click here to find your IP Address. In the Network Status window, paste the IP Address of the user you are attempting to connect to, and then press the connect button to the right. If everything is set up properly on your network (and the network of the user(s) you are attempting to connect to), you will be to browse their files by right clicking on the username in the Main Waste window and pressing Browse.

There is also a nifty private chat server created between you and the users on your list of users meaning you can conduct encrypted (i believe) chat back and forth. Also note, all of the files sent between you and the user are encrypted during transmission, so the user key is absolutely necessary for operation of the program. There are plenty of other options to play with that may or may not be of interest, however, this is the basics of the program, and these instructions should get you up and running.
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Linux, Without the Commitment! [Jan. 24th, 2005|08:24 am]
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For all of those of you who want to learn to use Linux, I have good news. As many of you know, Knoppix is a free, live cd version of Linux which means it runs directly from the CD. There is nearly 3GB worth of software crammed on the CD and its all available for you to use. This, in and of itself is great, however, if you'd like to save things, it becomes tedious and repetitive to reload your settings every time you reboot, and all of your files need to be redownloaded.

In order to do this you need a few things. A CD Rom with the Knoppix Live CD Image installed on it. You also need a USB thumbdrive with at least 32mb of space. This will become your home directory and storage for your settings. You can use more, but thats about the minimum.

NOTE: Dont specify the entire drive. Instead click NO and use a minimum of 30MB. Thats more than enough for settings and other fun things. I used 50 with no problems. If you dont use the entire thumbdrive you have room to save things from your windows computer still and can transfer files back and forth with ease!

1. Boot into Knoppix from the CD, leave the thumbdrive unplugged at this point.
2. After completely booted up, insert the thumbdrive.
3. Press K>Knoppix>Configure>Create a persistent Knoppix home directory
4. Follow the prompts, specifying /dev/sda1 as the source to store your home directory
5. Press K>Knoppix>Configure>Save Knoppix configuration and save it to /sda1

When you boot Knoppix in the future, use the following:
boot: knoppix home=/dev/sda1 myconfigure=/mnt/sda1

and make sure that the thumbdrive is plugged in. otherwise it will just boot a fresh install of knoppix.

Now, the main reason I did not make the switch to Linux included the fact that there arent many good instructions on how to install software. Enter Klik, stage left. While in Knoppix, press Alt-F2, to launch a command shell and type:
wget klik.atekon.de/client/install -O -|sh</i>

This will install the Kilk protocol to your computer (on the thumbdrive) and allow you to use Kilk's point-and-click interface to install hundreds of software titles. To install Firefox, type the following into any browser after installing the klik software: klik://firefox This will automatically install firefox to your thumbdrive and store all your bookmarks there too.

Hopefully this brings out some more converts in the world of Linux.

So there you have it. The total cost is minimal, if not free; seeing as you can download and burn the Knoppix Live CD for free and you also can obtain the USB thumbdrives for free (after Mail In Rebate).
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Vacuum Forming [Dec. 8th, 2004|04:06 pm]
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It has been somewhat of an aspiration of mine to construct a vacuum forming machine for a while now. I dont know exactly why, perhaps just to say I did. Again, this one will have pictures uploaded when I finish it.

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Many of you may be wondering, "Why does anyone need a vacuum forming machine" Well, I'll tell you.

0001 you can prototype parts for projects
0010 you can make molds for projects
0011 you can make custom parts for, say, your mouse
0100 you can make protective cases for things such as your calculator
0101 you can dsign new switch plates for your house
0110 cheap gifts that can be mass produced
0111 for the hell of it?
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Binary Scarf [Dec. 5th, 2004|11:09 pm]
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Well, I figure I should be the first person to post a project here. I havent completed it yet, however, I will post pictures when it is done. Basically it is an idea for a nerdy scarf. Generally speaking, making a scarf wouldnt fit here, but the context makes it fit. The plan is...Collapse )

After I complete the project, I will upload pictures of the process and other fun things. Keep an eye out.
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