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December, 2012

Google Nexus 7 setup notes

I acquired a Google Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi only) over winter break. I don’t really like getting new devices: they invariably require a lot of work to setup to my liking. Here are some notes: Jailbreaking the device from Linux is still fiddly. Ultimately, it’s probably easiest to just find a Windows box and use the […]

  • December 31, 2012

Metro Maps of the News

Metro maps are a visual metaphor for complex, interdependent story lines developed by Dafna Shahaf. Dafna’s thesis involved techniques for automatically taking a corpus of news articles and extracting a coherent narratives that covered the overall space. For our final CS448b project, we took one of the narratives Dafna had generated and created a system […]

  • December 13, 2012

Maildir synchronizing Sup

On the prompting of Steven Hum, I've put some finishing touches on my Sup patchset and am “releasing” it to the world (more on what I mean by “release” shortly.) The overall theme of this patchset is that it integrates as much Sup metadata it can with Maildir data. In particular: It merges Damien Leone’s […]

  • December 1, 2012