Guide: Convert comics to PDF without white margins

Example PDF outputThe bug bit me this afternoon in the desire to convert some comic book CBR files to PDF so that I could put them in iBooks and have everything in one place. I turned to trusty Calibre to do this, but could not find a combination of settings that wouldn’t mess with aspect ratios and leave the pages with NO white margins.

So I wrote my own script.

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How to Setup a L2TP VPN Server on OS X

This is a fast guide on configuring OS X to act as an L2TP VPN Server. This can be accomplished with Apple’s Server App, but if you don’t mind running a few Terminal commands and adding a couple configuration files manually, you can save yourself $20 and go out to eat instead.

This guide also includes a workaround for a known bug in the general release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks in its implementation of racoon that prevents remote clients from being able to connect to your VPN server.

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A Glance at Ethics in the Digital Era

Ethics in the Digital EraHere’s a relic from the past–an old school research paper. Debates around computing ethics continue on, so I thought I would toss some of my old thoughts out there. The conclusion I had when I wrote this is still true today as we see some states in the U.S. implementing school programs to educate kids on copyright, and the continued rise of 3D printing make the physical< ->virtual analogy more realistic.

The original abstract reads: This paper explores the complex world of computing ethics. The paper revolves largely around philosophical debates. As with most, if not all, philosophical debates, there is no clear-cut solution. Indeed, after exploring the literature on the subject, more questions were raised than were answered. As such, this paper aims to bring some of those questions to the forefront for the reader to consider and ponder as an independent exercise.

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Bad Designs Among Us

Bad designs are among us! Ack! Who the hell thought this was a good idea? Join me on a short, infuriating experience, and see some other examples of the horrors that surround us every day.

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