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Gentoo update: e2fsprogs blocks e2fsprogs

Yesterday evening, I dropped by at Wiebe's with my laptop to start updating our Gentoo systems together. I hadn't updated this machine since first installing it in spring last year, so I expected quite a few problems. The first blockage that we both had to solve was caused by e2fsprogs. Read More »

Ultra Cheap dual Eizo monitor setup

As people who know me know, I passionately hate TFT screens, for reasons not relevant right now. It is unfortunate that marketing has caused the superior type of monitor, the CRT, to disappear. Read More »

Moving my traditional website content over to my blog

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. Read More »

GNU Screen within Screen within […]

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? Read More »

Finding and deleting duplicate files

I needed to remove all duplicates In a collection of hundreds of thousands of files. I first came across this, which generates a script with commented out rm statements, but I quickly found another tool, fdupes, which made life a lot easier for me; I didn't want manual control. I just wanted to have all the duplicates deleted, except one of them. Read More »

Images not showing after upgrade to MediaWiki 1.13

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. Read More »

My quest for the ultimate Bash prompt

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. Read More »

GNU Screen window captions as XTerm tabs

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). Read More »

XTerm is favorite

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. Read More »

Getting my sister to forget the Google Desktop newsticker

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. Read More »