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Daphne Koller: What we’re learning from online education

September 16, 2012

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I really think that education is the silver bullet, and this TED talk shows the effort of the best universities to bring education to everyone thanks to the modern and affordable technologies that we have available right now. Online education is not a substitute for teachers and classrooms, but it can scale and complement the […]

afreak.ca » Safeguarding your laptop with encryption, passwords, and behaviour

September 15, 2012

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A collection of very thoughtful measures to protect your data when you take your laptop around. It doesn’t cover international-spy-level security, but everything suggested can be put into place by any computer geek that is worried of data and identity theft, in order to achieve a reasonable protection. afreak.ca » Safeguarding your laptop with encryption, […]

Fake Dawn: an Android app to wake up gently

July 23, 2012

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I present you my first Android app: Fake Dawn. Fake Dawn is an alarm that gradually increases brightness and sound volume to lead you out of deep sleep and wake you up gently. There’s plenty of medical research indicating that our sleep rhythm is influenced by light. Usually we are impacting negatively our sleep pattern […]

Collusion: a plugin to visualize cookie trackers

July 9, 2012

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All the relevant sites on the Internet use cookies in some way or another. All the cookies in our browser can be considered the digital traces we leave when we surf. Up until now I had difficulties understanding the dimension of the problem, or how much of me is potentially passed around without asking my […]

Free Electrons Android training materials

June 20, 2012

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Free Android training materials – Free Electrons blog. Free Electrons publishes another set of extremely useful materials that include instructional slides, source code and documentation. The objective of the course is to familiarize with Android from its lowest levels, using also this Devkit8000 embedded board. The (383) slides and the (24-pages-long) hands-on lab exercises are […]

Google Drive is here!

April 25, 2012

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Your Google Drive is not ready yet Well, almost here… Here is a quick comparison on some of the remote storage and file sync solutions that I consider important: Online Service Win Mac Linux Android iPhone Web Client-side Encryption Initial Space Client Source Server Source Google Drive Yes Yes No Yes Soon Yes No 5GB […]

How programmers can easily choose strong passwords

April 22, 2012

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Choosing a password is always a trade-off between security and usability. Programmers can shift this compromise thanks to some qualities of their work. The idea is to use lines of code as passwords.

ARM926 interrupts in QEMU

April 15, 2012

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In this post I prepared what I think is the simplest example on how to manage interrupts for the widespread ARM926 core. From this example one can expand the complexity of the interrupt management at will. I’m going to test the functionality with QEMU, emulating the Versatile Platform Baseboard. I based this example on my […]

ELC 2012 videos and slides

April 7, 2012

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Free Electrons posted the videos of the last Embedded Linux Conference 2012. Unfortunately most of the videos have really bad audio quality, so maybe this time reading the slides will be more effective. The most interesting topics for me are the following: The Kernel report Binary Blobs Attack!!! Status of embedded Linux Experiences With Device […]

Compile Linux kernel 3.2 for ARM and emulate with QEMU

March 31, 2012

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This is a tutorial to: 1. Get Linux kernel 3.2 source code 3. Configure and compile for Versatile Express ARM Cortex-A9 platform 4. Prepare and create a ramdisk using initramfs schema 5. Emulate kernel boot and ramdisk execution using QEMU

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