Updating Calibre

I use Calibre, a free open source utility written in python, to convert documents into and out of various e-book formats. Like all software it occasionally needs to be updated, especially when the platform it’s riding on has.

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ArXiv Open Access to Scientific Research

Cornell University’s ArXiv provides open access to e-prints of research papers in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics. For scientists and serious students of science it is an invaluable treasure trove of some of the most interesting research being done today.

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PulseAudio and Skype Suck. Together.

I know this isn’t really news to anyone, but PulseAudio definitely sucks. What sucks even more are desktop applications that won’t let me bypass Pulse and use ALSA directly. Like Skype.

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Memorable pass phrases that can’t be guessed

Passphrases That You Can Memorize — But That Even the NSA Can’t Guess is a good article over at The Intercept that presents a practical and effective guide to making up pass phrases that you can remember but that would take even those armed with supercomputers over 1,000 years to crack.

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