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More Fun with Pidgin and Dropbox

I explained how I use Dropbox and Pidgin in combination in the Synchronicity post. That works pretty well, but the trouble is that it syncs EVERYTHING. There are some things I don’t want want to sync. For example, when I am at work, I filter all of my browser traffic and IM connections through an SSH tunnel, so my knuckle-head IT guy can’t see what I am doing. This means that the global proxy setting in Pidgin is set to use SOCKS v5. I don’t want that at home. Also, I have Pidgin configured with my company’s IM server, which I DEFINITELY don’t want at home. I have actually gotten stuck working on a weekend before, because I opened up Pidgin on my home PC, it auto-logged me in to the work IM server and my boss was online.

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Chuck Writes Fiction

I decided to try my hand at fiction. Usually, I can only write non-fiction. And even then, it pretty much has to be memoiric or it is terrible. I couldn’t sleep one night, and this scene popped into my head. I didn’t really know what to do with it, but it seemed like a really cool concept. A combination of Burn Notice (awesome TV about a former spy) and Daemon (not awesome but still pretty good book about a game designer that takes over the world post-mortem). It sort of hints at a larger story that I am not skilled enough to write. It is probably also terrible. Even I think it is sort of cumbersome. It does pack a lot of interesting computer stuff into it, though. As far as I know, everything in it is technically possible – although it would take an insane amount of effort to implement. Without further ado, this is what happens when a computer nerd watches too many spy movies:
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