Sunday, October 14, 2007


Since the end of August, my friend Kat and I have been coaching Clemson Crew's novice women squad, . This weekend we traveled to Chattanooga, TN to participate in our first competition of the season, the Chattanooga Head Race. While Kat and I are volunteers, we were paid in full for our efforts of the last month and a half by 2 out of 3 of our ladies' boats bringing home medals. Even though the third boat didn't place, they made a valiant effort and were only 6s off of the 3rd place time. We left Chattanooga extremely proud of our ladies and look forward to the next 3 weeks of practice before we again travel to Chattanooga for the Head of the Chattahoochie.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Cory Doctorow

Cory made an appearance at Clemson University yesterday and I was lucky enough to break away from work to hear him speak. His talk was titled "From International Standards to Web Practices, IP Mania Has Undermined the Idea of Real Property, of Freedom, of Creativity." It was held at the lovely and historic Strom Thurmond Institute (see picture below).

Cory was an entertaining and informative speaker and I encourage any of you that get the chance to make time for hearing him. While the part of his talk concerning licenses was familiar to me, as I suspect would be to many of my p.g.o readers as well, I enjoyed his history lesson concerning WIPO's formation and how our (U.S.) free trade treaties are forcing developing countries to adopt our draconian IP laws as well as other measures that we would not tolerate in our country. His example of one is our treaty with Russia forcing them to license their optical media presses and be subject to command inspections. Good thing we aren't as worried about their printing presses eh? I thought his call to arms at the end was especially well received and when an audience member pointed out that the talk was being recorded and asked if it would be available, Cory released it in its entirety to the public domain. As such, when I can get a copy, I'll post it on YouTube and add a link from this blog to it.

Thanks Cory for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit us in Clemson!

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Also, because someone on Flickr asked what's studied at the institute, I'll explain it here. The institute houses all of the documents from Strom Thurmond's time in the U.S. Senate. It is much akin to a president's library but less expensive and without the touristy stuff. It also houses the special collections from Clemson's library. The research arm of the institute is concerned with public policy at all levels of government.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Showing the GPG Key


This might be an instance where Seahorse's DBus interface could help you. If a user is part of the web of trust already, the dialog could possibly be skipped completely. Also, the key in question could be automatically acquired using the DiscoverKeys method.

In any case, I agree with the other comments regarding your "signature identifier" field in that the full finger print should be shown. Also, signature identifier is not a commonly used term that I'm familiar with and in any case it's a key identifier and not a signature identifier.

Let us (the seahorse devs) know if there's anything in the DBus interface that's missing that would make your life easier.