Archives September 2004

Twisted bites me (Oh, how frustrating this is...)


One of the reasons for moving to Linux for my workstation was to have my development environment closer to the production server environment. The theory being that with two Unix-ish operating systems, I could rely on being able to readily move code from one to the other without those annoying "oh, that works fine on ...

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That state of fatigue and joy (Where you just can't sleep...)


After the PyGTA meeting I was way too excited to sleep, but wasn't particularly in any shape to be doing "real" work (just too tired to think clearly). What should you do when you get to that point? Well obviously, computer graphics, relaxing, easy, no real effort involved.

Since Cenzio (hope I got his ...

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That was just too fun (Why do I do this programming stuff again?)


Discussion after PyGTA went right past closing time of the pool-hall, with John (new friend, also new to Python), Tim and I finally cutting off the conversation because the Charlotte room people seemed to want to close :) . Lots of good conversation topics throughout the evening, science fiction, my little surveilance blimp (art) project, the nature ...

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DDOS attacks starting again (What's with these people, don't they have spam to send or something?)


I need to put together a little disk for distribution. Something to automate the installation of AVG and Zone Alarm, turn on windows update, replace IE with Mozilla with auto-updating turned on, delete Outlook and Outlook Express, turn off all the various ports MS stupidly leaves open, and generally clean up the mess MS has ...

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Philosophy lectures march on (Through the magic of a shuffling algorithms...)


As you may recall, gentle readers, I've been trying to get through a series of 50 lectures on the Great Ideas in the History of Philosophy. I did the first 35 or 40 in order, then got bogged down, so I decided to just include the lectures in the Juk player and let them ...

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Adding user-authentication to your Twisted web-site (Another HowTo for undocumented features...)

Following along from the recent post describing how to make your Twisted web-server use SSL sockets, a slightly more involved HowTo describing how to setup HTTP authentication and Twisted's cred module. First, before you say anything, yes, this (using Nevow to guard regular twisted.web) is the "right" way according to the Nevow developers ...

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Apparently I'm too tired to think (twisted.web + authentication stymies me...)


fzZzy has been trying to help me set up twisted.cred authentication, for which (apparently) I need Nevow. I can't see how to make the security wrapper from Nevow work with the resources from twisted.web. Not a huge loss, I've only basically got 3 resources at the moment, I can convert to ...

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HowTo: Create an SSL web-server in Twisted (Crude approach, but it works...)



The Twisted web howto doesn't mention the fairly common task of creating an SSL-secured communications channel for a web server. The process of doing so is fairly simple, but it requires tracking down a few pieces of information, so I've collected them here:

First things first, to create an SSL server, you need ...

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Why Open Source is neat (It's the little things, like personal contact...)


Was struck this morning by just how cool it is that during this week I've talked directly to the developers working on major pieces of my computing environment. That's the kind of access you only get if you're a Fortune 500 company when you're using Microsoft software.

Think about it, I ...

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Finally solved that pesky keyboard malfunction (And along the way, got my .xinitrc working...)


Have been having quite a few screaming sessions with the computer over it's insistence on entering a chording-key-entry mode every time I press the control and shift keys together (which I do all the time while editing). Took almost three hours this evening, but I finally tracked down the problem and fixed it.

Turns ...

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