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estherchaya
estherchaya
quick update
Oy I'm so far behind. The quick versions:
  • Shabbos was nice, and quiet. We had no company, which was a change from the norm, but not an entirely unwelcome change. There was no Torah Time for kids since a lot of people were out of town, so I didn't stress about getting Julian to shul. He kept starting to nap but then getting second, third, and seventeenth winds. Seth and I had a lovely lunch together while Julian FINALLY napped, and then we napped too! My mother came over later in the day and played with Julian for a bit, which was fantastic. Then Seth took Julian to shul for minhag, where he apparently wreaked havoc (we teach 'em young in the Cohen house), and I met up with my two boys at the park for seudah shlishit in the park. Julian got to run and play with the "big" kids (older, but not necessarily bigger than him), but got a little too much sun, so we brought him home and put him to bed. And then Shabbos was practically over.
  • Sunday was even more exciting because our new washer and dryer were delivered as well as my fleishig dishwasher!!! Hoooray! I can hardly contain my excitement. So Seth and I have been on clothes- and dish-washing rampages! It's gggggrreaatttt! Unfortunately, E. wasn't feeling well, so he didn't come over to demolish the kitchen, but that's okay. It'll happen soon enough. Seth accomplished a whole lot on Sunday, but I can barely remember any of it because I was knocked out with a migraine. They are getting worse, and I'm not appreciating it. Anyway, Seth went to Target and Home Depot and probably a bunch of other places too. Then Alida came over with Avi and hung out for a bit, which was a nice change of pace.
  • Monday we got to see Dr. & Mrs. Mellow and Mr. & Mrs. Bodnej (and Jack!). It was a good day except we couldn't get the charcoal to stay hot enough. Ahem. So it was a little mortifying that I made people wait a couple HOURS to have food. But the company was good and I got to see lovely pictures of Dr. & Mrs. Mellow's soon-to-be-new-house. Very exciting. :)
  • Monday evening I had mikveh duty. This is generally not anything of interest, but last night had a bit of a twist... the mikveh was rapidly overflowing when I got there, leaving two of the bathrooms pretty soaked. Oops. Someone had left the fill valve on. So, um, I know mikvehs are wet by design and all, but this was a little over the top. I was soaking wet. Why, oh why, did I have to wear a floor-length skirt last night? Sigh.
  • Today I have been extremely busy at work, which is fantastic. In addition to work busy-ness, I signed up for a CISSP course and exam in...*gulp*... August.
  • It is POURING outside, and I don't want to walk to my car in it. But I've stalled long enough, so I think I'm just going to have to suck it up and get soaked. Bleh.

And that was pretty much it.


Edited to Add: A question for all you LJ braniacs: The CISSP course materials are sent to me as an ebook. That's all fine and dandy, but I don't work well if I can only read something on a computer. And Adobe Acrobat is locked in some way that I can't print it out (the file itself is password protected, and then once you're in the file, printing is grayed out). I find this supremely irritating. Please, please, please tell me there's a workaround to this!

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yermie From: yermie Date: July 5th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

PDF man to the rescue... or, not...

Please, please, please tell me there's a workaround to this!

Yes.

At least, I think there is. I haven't dealt with protected PDF files in a while, so this may not work any more.

Somewhere, I have (or rather, had) a utilty that strips the password protection off a PDF file. Once you remove that, you can do whatever you want with the file. I'm sure it's all sorts of illegal though, and I'm not sure if I even still have it.

Of course, you could always cut and paste the whole thing into a new document (assuming you're able to select the text). But where's the fun in that?
curious_au From: curious_au Date: July 6th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: PDF man to the rescue... or, not...

As an aside, writing software like this ( to allow the blind or otherwise visually impaired to "blow up" their eBooks ) is the reason Dimitri Skylarov was thrown in jail while visiting the United States. Good times.

This software tends to be both slow ( most use a brute force attack on a 40 bit RC4 keyspace... the old acrobat encryption scheme [ 1.3 ] has a flaw which can be exploited, however, if the file has no user [ viewing ] password ) and they tend to be expensive.

Consequently, I recommend the cut and paste approach if it's possible ( it might not be ), or failing that finding something that breaks the reader itself to not respect the password protection field. I've seen working implementations of the last idea, and written one myself, five or six years ago. I don't know if it's still viable. You could also write something that attaches to the Acrobat Reader memory space and scoops the decrypted document from there. Both of these techniques rely on the fact that the document is actually decrypted and ready for printing in memory after it's been read.

You could also, if you have facilities to automate your operating system, script it to take screenshots of every page in the document and then perform optical character recognition on the resulting images. Not recommended, bleah.

Good luck!
Bryn.
From: cecerose Date: July 5th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Such excitement...

Ah...I'm glad you and the boys had a pleasant Shabbos... =0)
galads_forest From: galads_forest Date: July 5th, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
My mom thinks that she's going to get a new washer and dryer with the new house (gas baby!). So she's offered me her "old" (about 5 years old) ones. My dryer eats sheets, so even though this one takes forever, it's newer, I can dry my sheets and tablecloths again, and it "fluffs" so my clothes won't wrinkle as much.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 6th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
hooray for "new" dryers!
drmellow From: drmellow Date: July 5th, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Try opening the eBook in "Preview" on your Mac. I don't know if it's still the case, but Preview used to get around the protectedness of some PDFs.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 6th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Oddly, I can't view it on my mac. It opens up 23 blank pages (never prompts me for a password)
From: bodnej Date: July 6th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Preview in OS X 10.2 ignored protection. The preview in 10.3 and 10.4 follows Adobe's stupid rules.

And as curious_au pointed out, breaking the encryption that locks you from printing is violation of US law. It is possible to lock a PDF so you can't copy from it either; I don't know if that was done to this PDF. Yes, this law is deeply stupid. Give money to the EFF to fight this nonsense.

Let me think about it, and I might be able to come up with a workaround that is mostly legal.
From: bodnej Date: July 6th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did a little bit of poking around, and GraphicConverter (a Mac shareware program) will print protected PDFs.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 6th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
okey dokey. I'll look into it.

I'm not planning to share the materials with anyone (which, I'm sure, is what they're trying to get around, though for a technology company teaching a computer security certification course, they sure have shoddy passwords locking their materials), it's just that it's hard for me to absorb material by reading it on the monitor. Plus, it keeps me from being able to read it at the time I have the biggest block of time free to read: Saturdays.

Thanks for pointing me toward GraphicConverter. I'm not overly interested in breaking any laws. I just wish they weren't so dimwitted.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 6th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
and yes, the pdf is locked such that I can't copy from it either.

I am supremely pissed about this. I understand why they're doing it, but they've giving hardcopy materials at the class (I know this for certain), so what do they think they're protecting by not letting me print this stuff out right now?
kressel From: kressel Date: July 6th, 2005 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)



Oooh, I forgot that you work in a mikvah! Check out this thread on jewishwomen. You may be just the one who can help with a tremendous mitzvah!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 6th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the link. I did reply, but haven't heard anything back.
From: bodnej Date: July 6th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why, oh why, did I have to wear a floor-length skirt last night?

Because you're a frummie?

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 6th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
most of my skirts do not reach the floor.
From: bodnej Date: July 6th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
details.
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