The practical digital library updated

A few years ago I moved my private library to the cloud. It uses Calibre to catalog my books, and the Open Publication Distribution System (OPDS) to provide an Internet-capable catalog. OPDS is built in to a lot of publisher-independent e-reader software. My e-readers can generally retrieve books from Internet hosts that provide OPDS. My... Continue Reading →

Encrypt All Hard Drives!

If you have the technical interest to read this, you probably do a lot of your finances with your personal computer. Taxes, monthly budgets, check printing (on those rare occasions), and tracking numerous accounts - computers are far better than people at handling such details. A typical personal computer, or smart phone for that matter, contains company names,... Continue Reading →

Towards a practical digital library

I started collecting digital content in the 1980s. Before that I was satisfied to print things out, bind them, and put them on a shelf. My graduate research produced about three linear feet of printed papers sorted by author. I wrote my first book mostly from printed references, though all the writing was online. When I... Continue Reading →

Example of KISS

Ok, this is a backwards observation. One of my hot buttons is to spot "cyber security principles," that is, general but pointed observations on how to improve cyber security. A long-held principle is "Keep it Simple, Stupid." Thanks to Moore's Law and the constantly falling price of ever bigger, faster, and more complex tech, no... Continue Reading →

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