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Tracking /etc/ updates with Git

During my recent Gentoo update session, I was once again confronted with the inconvenience of not having my /etc/ directory under version management. This time, I thought I had the ideal SCM for this job: Git. Read More »

Lost my Sysop rights in the 15Monkeys wikis

I am constantly bugged by spammers in my 15 Monkeys wiki farm[1, 2], but I wasn't allowed to protect the victim pages anymore. So, I wondered where my Sysop rights had gone. Read More »

ImageMagick can convert PDF to anything

I encountered one of those scans which was shared as a single-page PDF. I don't want it that way, because I want to include it in a web page. I want a simple bitmap image. ImageMagick comes to the rescue: Read More »

smbmnt user needs to own the mountpoint if you want to mount rw

I just found out that it's impossible on my system to mount /mnt/smb-docs as user bigsmoke, even with the following fstab: Read More »

Google AdSense + Postbank’s name registration rules = $0.0

In November I had expected my second AdSense payment. Simply, because they told me I would get it. But, I didn't. Read More »

Untangling WordPress’ core files from your local customizations

Since version 2.6, WordPress can be installed in its own directory, separate from your customizations and everthing. Needless to say, this makes upgrading a whole lot easier. Read More »

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 »