The Role of Notation in Mathematical Development

Here's my final paper, presented in one of my favourite classes, The History of Mathematics. We learned how ancient cultures developed and performed calculations, leading to where we are today. Ancient Greek arithmetic, done with a compass and straight edge, was particularly interesting and horrible! My personal discovery while writing this paper was just how much of the groundwork was laid by Archimedes, two thousand years ago! Other than proving my hypothesis wrong, it went great. ;) The Role of Notation in Mathematical Development Lightening strikes and a tree falls, on fire. Proto-people witness and one takes hold of a flaming…

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Stop Dell Email, Snail Mail, Calls, Faxes and Texts

Dell's snail mail just kept showing up and, unlike email, it wasn't obvious how to stop that. Here's how to unsubscribe from: Email Postal Mail Phone Calls Faxes (seriously?!?) Text Messages Just fill out Dell's List Removal form! NUISANCE WARNING: Select your country first, because when that field is changed their crappy form empties out.…

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Setting Up Ghost on OpenShift Using Windows 8, 7 or Vista

DEPRECATED - Red Hat has retired OpenShift v2 The silver plan, paid by use, has been replaced with a $50/month pro tier. Now I'm using Heroku, whose paid plans start at $7 US/month. Using Windows 7, assumed to work for Windows 8 and Vista. Run all code from the command line (cmd)." Insert your own values for **CAPITALS**. Initial Setup### Sign up with OpenShift.com. Install Ruby. Check "Add Ruby executables to your PATH." Install Git for Windows. Check "Use Git from the Windows Command Prompt." Verify Ruby and Git have installed properly.…

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Is Privacy an Option?

Think you have privacy online? You only do to an extent. Here's how browser fingerprinting can uniquely identify you and IP lookups can provide a starting point for personal identification.…

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Creating Aliases with .bashrc

Using Kubuntu 13.10 x64 and OS X 10.9. Want to be able to launch several commands at once or at least shorten some already esiting commands? We can do that by creating aliases. I like to use nano, but any text editor will do. [OPTIONAL] Install nano### Ubuntu sudo apt-get install nano OS X installs nano with Xcode. Here we're editing .bashrc with nano, but keep in mind it won't be pre-installed on all systems. Edit .bashrc or .bash_profile### Ubuntu. Edit/create .bashrc. nano .bashrc OS X. Edit/create .bash_profile. nano .bashrc Go to the bottom…

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Setting Up Ghost on OpenShift using OS X

DEPRECATED - Red Hat has retired OpenShift v2### The silver plan, paid by use, has been replaced with a $50/month pro tier. Now I'm using Heroku, whose paid plans start at $7 US/month. Using OS X 10.9.1. Insert your own values for **CAPITALS**. ###Initial Setup### Sign up with OpenShift.com. Install Xcode. Install Git for OS X. [Note] Press Ctrl+Click to open installers rejected by OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). This happens for anything outside their App Store and approved developer list. It can be disabled from System Preferences > Security & Privacy. Install RHC…

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LibreOffice SpellCheck Not Working

Kubuntu 13.10 x64. I've found that LibreOffice often claims to be spellchecking, but comes up empty for Canadian, British and Australian English. That's usually because no spellchecker is actually installed. Install one of these for your language. hunspell aspell myspell Here's how to install Canadian English in *Ubuntu. sudo apt-get install hunspell-en-ca Close/reopen LibreOffice and that's it! :D…

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Señor Woof

This is Señor Woof. She loves ball chucks, licking people and being happy. :) Her tail wags so fast it blurs. She parties hard. There are paintings of her. And she's my hairy baby! :D…

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