Author: Rowan Rodrik
Cool URLs don't change, but the relevance of my content does (and it's declining). www.bigsmoke.us consists of content that has mostly never been updated. That's why I want to move it over to my blog here.
By Rowan Rodrik, 6 years ago, on January 19, 2009, at 01:01 |
GNU Screen is great. So great that I find myself always using it. (Pressing the Window key and T launches an XTerm with a new Screen ready on my system, while I have to add Shift if I don't want the screen.) This means that when I login into a some other machine through SSH—an occasion for which Screen is particularly useful—I will often end up with nested screens. So which Screen will receive my Ctrl+a presses?
By Rowan Rodrik, 6 years ago, on January 11, 2009, at 21:01 |
When I upgraded two of my MediaWiki installations[1, 2] a while ago, images were no longer being displayed. I found out that this was due to some problem with a change to the image.image_name column.
By Rowan Rodrik, 6 years ago, on December 27, 2008, at 19:12 |
On my new laptop (a Lenovo T61) I was still using the default Gentoo prompt in Bash. This was kind of a shame since my last Gentoo installation (on what is now my sister's Ubuntu machine) had a beautifully customized prompt. It was time to dig up the old escape codes.
By Rowan Rodrik, 6 years ago, on December 05, 2008, at 00:12 |
XTerm is my favorite terminal emulator and I love GNU Screen. So, imagine my joy when I found out that Screen can persistently show window captions ([Ctrl+A]: caption always).
By Rowan Rodrik, 6 years ago, on December 04, 2008, at 22:12 |
XTerm is know to most X-Windows users as that ugly terminal with the strange scrollbar and the unreadable font. And it doesn't even have tabs! But, I think it's the best damn terminal emulator in the world. It just doesn't appear that way at first.
By Rowan Rodrik, 6 years ago, on November 27, 2008, at 23:11 |
My sister was so fond of the RSS feature that came with Google Desktop's sidebar that she kept it permanently visible at the right side of her screen. (What a news junkie!) Now that I got her stuck with Linux, she misses her precious Google Desktop and I'm trying to figure out an alternative for her.
By Rowan Rodrik, 6 years ago, on November 27, 2008, at 21:11 |
My mom bought a new laptop because of a broken screen on the old Linux machine that she had inherited from me (which wasn't wasn't a laptop, so I'm sure that the Golden Arrow of Consumption can explain why she didn't just replace the screen, although the new boyfriend who is kind of Windows-but-not-Linux-literate qualifies as a more probable reason for getting a laptop that is needlessly dragged down by Vista).
By Rowan Rodrik, 6 years ago, on November 27, 2008, at 00:11 |
Wiebe was looking over my shoulder while I was running df to check the disk space that was still available on my Lenovo ThinkPad:
By Rowan Rodrik, 6 years ago, on September 15, 2008, at 22:09 |
Even though, strictly speaking, I should be using favicons in anything but Windows' ICO format and refer to them from a <link>-tag at any location other than /favicon.ico, I sometimes like to help Microsoft break the web by putting an ICO file at the location that they reserved for it (/favicon.ico).
By Rowan Rodrik, 6 years ago, on September 04, 2008, at 00:09 |