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On Thursday Operation Onymous, a joint operation between several US and European law enforcement agencies was announced, shutting down between 20-400 sites running on Tor, arresting 17 people (releasing several after questioning), being sure to highlight that these sites are using Tor and that some are illegally selling drugs and/or weapons. Though Bitcoin was used [...]

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Secret ballots exist to remove intimidation and bribery in voting. In 1970, Congress did away with secret ballots and so began a decades long slide into today’s world of lobbying, special interests, and a government that no longer works for the people. Congress must go back to secret ballots to reestablish confidence in the legislative [...]

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Just wanted to post about a new mod I’m making available for MyBB. It was based on one called Buy Credit from the mybb.ro team. Anyway, it lets a forum admin sell their forum points/gold/tokens for bitcoins. It uses the very clean Blockchain.info API to get addresses and all funds get forwarded to the forum [...]

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2012-08-24 :: David Sterry // Default
You Can Learn Bitcoin by David R. Sterry

I just wanted to post a link to my new eBook that is available on Lulu and soon on BN/Nook/iBookstore and at CoinDL (which only accepts bitcoins). I wrote it because many people get caught up on technical details of Bitcoin which are totally unnecessary for initial use. http://www.davidsterry.com/youcan If you are interested in the [...]

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Motorola’s dual-core 1GHz Android-based phone, the Atrix, is notable because it’s the world’s first dual-core phone. Add to that the option to connect it to an optional laptop dock and the product is pleasantly unique. After more than 4 weeks of use, here are my impressions: 1. The phone is fast. This comes as no [...]

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2011-01-15 :: David Sterry // Default
HowTo: Tune a Yangqin

A number of years ago I purchased a Yangqin for a relative but never saw it properly tuned. The yangqin is pronounced yawng followed by the word ‘seen’ but started with a t sound. Today I learned a method to tune this instrument and since I couldn’t find any similar info on how it should [...]

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2010-12-08 :: David Sterry // Default
Free Software for a rooted NOOKcolor

The NOOKcolor from Barnes & Noble is an Android tablet computer that’s been turned into an e-book reader with the capacity to show pictures, store contacts, browse the web and play some video files. B&N has released an SDK and plans to compete simultaneously with the iPad and Kindle with this one device when they [...]

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2010-09-22 :: David Sterry // Default
Old Search in Thunderbird 3

Thunderbird 3 brings one rather annoying change: the default search delivers confusing search results formatted into separate tabs sorted by relevance rather than date. To use the old style search, just click the icon on the left of the search box and choose anything other than the top option(“Search all messages”). Whew. That was a [...]

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The following is what I did to get Ubuntu 10.04 x86(32-bit) running properly on a Sony VAIO VPCF121GX PCG-81114L. This laptop is currently sold at Costco but shares the same body with many other VPCF12***X models. Sony has an annoying way of putting two model numbers on their laptops. I had more luck once I [...]

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2010-07-09 :: David Sterry // Default
Simple Pen Art

After 22 comics and graphics released, I’ve decided to name this webcomic Simple Pen Art. It’s a pretty general title because I like the freedom to do comics on whatever without format contraints. Hopefully you find them thought-provoking, interesting, or sometimes just funny.

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