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Eduroam and UniWireless configuration settings for Linux at the University of Melbourne

Going through my Eduroam configuration settings for the University of Melbourne, for linux based machines

The University of Melbourne participates in the eduroam system, a location independant wireless network. University students and staff are able to connect and securely authenticate to this network wherever there is participating wireless infrastructure (such as at other higher education institutions).Alongside this, on campus an internal wireless network, UniWireless, also operates.

Both function well enough to allow students and staff to connect to the internet. However, configuration settings are somewhat difficult to come by, especially if you want to set it up manually before visiting other universities. This document will cover the settings I use in network-manager to connect to each network on Xubuntu, an Ubuntu based Linux distro

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Configuring Zotero to use WebDAV for file syncing

Going through the configuration process to get Zotero web synchronisation going with your own WebDAV provider

Using Zotero’s sync service requires a Zotero account; if you haven’t already, register for one here. Once you have successfully signed up for this, we can continue to configure the file syncing separately. While Zotero has its own internal online storage and synchronisation system, space available to store attachments (such as PDFs) is limited for free accounts. As you are free to use your own WebDAV capable online file storage account to store attachments, this becomes less of a problem. [Read More]

Switching from Endnote to Zotero

Discussing reference managers and moving in general to Zotero from Endnote, and the differences that make it worthwhile

In my undergraduate years, I made good use of a very popular citation manager, Endnote. The purpose of such programs is to manage citations and literature (in my case, mostly journal articles), and provide references which are automatically formatted to be used in a bibliography.

Why use it? Well, mainly because it saved substantial amounts of time. Additionally, because I was enrolled in a university with an institutional license, the use of the program was essentially at no additional cost to myself. Another point to make was that early on, there just were not many choices out there, and Endnote was just the most polished of the ones available.

There were two main issues I encountered, especially towards the end of my studies:

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Transitioning the website to GitHub pages and jekyll

Documenting my move to static page websites on GitHub for my personal website. In short, works nicely and the system is well organised.

With the discontinuation of the free hosting option by Crucial, I found myself in the market for web hosting. My needs have been to this date simple and very low end; I was using it to essentially serve a webpage with links to ways to get in touch with me. For this, migrating to Crucial’s paid service made little sense, as it would more than likely go underutilised.

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An introduction for a good doggo

My dog, Quaver, is a cross between a miniature fox terrier and a Jack Russell terrier. He has a temperament very typical of his breeds; that is, he is very fixated on chasing objects, and is very motivated by play.

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