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10/10/11 Gil's LotD: Learn Linux

http://linuxzoo.net/ LinuxZoo offers a tiny virtual computer and a set of tutorials for learning Linux basics free of charge.

10/6/11 Gil's LotD: Furniture arrangement

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlDoSv6uDKQ UCLA mathematicians have created a system for automatically arranging furniture.

10/3/11 Gil's LotD: Graphs

http://circos.ca/ Circos is used to render genomes attractively. It can also handle any undirected graph. I successfully used it to create a diagram of all of my Facebook friends and their connections. Bonus link: OpenOrd is a plugin for another graph drawing software which can handle very large number of nodes.

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9/30/11 Gil's LotD: ResExcellence

http://www.resexcellence.com/ The long-defunct Mac website ResExcellence has returned with its old content. Back in the day this site had all kinds of information about the workings of Macintosh systems and I personally learned quite a bit from it in grade school and junior high. It certainly set me on the path that led me to learning everything I know about software.

9/8/11 Gil's LotD: Blueprint

http://devstructure.com/ Blueprint figures out your server's configuration so you can reproduce it later.

8/31/11 Gil's LotD: North Korean Linux

http://codemonkey.org.uk/2011/06/01/red-star-kernel/ North Korea has released its own Linux distribution. I'd love to see the source.

8/30/11 Gil's LotD: RSA and SSH

http://www.vidarholen.net/contents/blog/?p=24 This blog post walks through the contents of a private key and shows how to do RSA with it.

8/10/11 Gil's LotD: Time

http://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2011/5/107699-the-one-second-war/fulltext This article is about the efforts taken to get leap seconds into the clock.

8/2/11 Gil's LotD: TenFourFox

http://www.floodgap.com/software/tenfourfox/ Firefox 4.0 has abandoned the PPC platform but some volunteers have ported it back.

7/20/11 Gil's LotD: Linux packaging

http://checkinstall.izto.org/ CheckInstall wraps up standard GNU makefiles and creates packages for various package managers.

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