HOWTO set up an SOCKS proxy via an SSH tunnel on Mac OS X

Recently, I came across some streaming video that was only available to Canadians. Being a Canadian in the US, I felt somewhat entitled. Yes: I wanted to watch a hockey game. I knew I could do this with an SSH tunnel. I just wasn’t sure how. There are lots of pages explaining how to set …

How to create a self-signed SSL certificate for Dovecot on Debian

Here is how you create a self-signed SSL certificate for the Dovecot IMAP/POP server on Debian Linux: openssl req -new -x509 -days 1000 -nodes -out “/etc/ssl/certs/dovecot.pem” -keyout “/etc/ssl/private/dovecot.pem” The default is 365 days, but I upped it to 1000, so I don’t have to do this so often. Dovecot does this on installation via /var/lib/dpkg/info/dovecot-common.postinst; …

HOWTO disable overlays in Boinx FotoMagico standalone players

FotoMagico is program that lets you create amazing slideshows. In FotoMagico, slides advance in one of two ways: automatically, after a set time period after a mouse click If you’ve picked option (2), you see a “fast forward” overlay when you click the mouse: I dislike this. Fortunately, there’s a preference to turn this off. …

TenEleven things to do in San Francisco

San Francisco* has all kinds of interesting events going on. Here are some of my favourite off-the-beaten-path activities: Storytelling Porchlight Science Ask a Scientist Down to a Science [on hiatus] Music Paul’s San Francisco House Concerts Drew Pearce’s House Concerts Songwriters in the round, hosted by Heather Combs Literature Writers With Drinks Talk Show The Heather Gold …

Moving? Here’s where to change your address

I moved last year, and I had to change my address everywhere. As I did this, I kept track of where, hoping to make the process easier next time. Forgetting organizations is annoying. The list I’ve compiled is below the jump. Where possible, I’ve included a link to the web page where you can make …

Avis, Budget and Enterprise discount codes

As with my surprisingly popular Hertz discount codes page, I have a few other rental care coupon codes lying around. Most of them aren’t really that special, but I figured writing them down here will benefit someone, and I won’t have to keep a few scraps of paper lying around. Avis $25 off weekly AWDB790072 …