I read this article the other day and was completely disgusted. I don’t know how anyone could live a life with that much stuff. After I read it, I cleaned off my desk, and hoped I didn’t see any legs sticking out of some paperwork.
September 3, 2010
November 25, 2009
I found this nice little utility to benchmark apache. Here is my example:
ab -c 10 -n 100 http://www.flippinsweetdude.com/
It will run 100 tests on the domain, and return the results.
November 20, 2009
Here is a simple way to replace text in a file, or groups of files.
Add some text to a file:
aaron@myexample:~/test$ echo “Hello World” > somefile.txt
View the contents of the file:
aaron@myexample:~/test$ cat somefile.txt
Replace World => Dave
aaron@myexample:~/test$ replace World Dave < somefile.txt > someotherfile.txt
View the new file:
aaron@myexample:~/test$ cat someotherfile.txt
You have to have mysql-server installed to get the command line tool.
November 14, 2009
As part of our quest to minimize our stuff, I’ve retired our web server, and will be saving just the good parts from it. I obtained a old Dell laptop, and have loaded the Debian base install and am running my few web sites from it.
I think this will reduce my power bills a few bucks a month too. If not at least it will be much quieter in the office. I need to figure out a better backup solution, but I think I’ll be happy with the change.
November 11, 2009
Here is a new mouse for Open-Office software, this has to be the worst idea ever.
November 6, 2009
Firefox usage world wide is now at 24.07%, and has now passed IE6, the worst browser ever.
Read more about it here.
November 5, 2009
Per Clark’s request, here are my thoughts on the new Ubuntu OS.
As always the new splash screen for boot up and shut down have been reworked, and look better than the previous version. The default theme for Gnome is nice, with all new icons and images for shortcuts. Menu is nearly unchanged, seems only the games menu has been altered, all the logical games are grouped in a sub menu.
Firefox is at version 3.5, which is nice, as Ubuntu/Debian are always so dang slow getting the most current version running on software. New firefox has the ‘+’ feature for making new tabs, something I got used to with windows version and hated not having.
Ubuntu One is the new online file share/backup/storage. You have to make an account with Ubuntu to get in, and it appears to be 2 gigs of room. I had an account already, and didn’t know it, I must of had it from reporting a bug sometime in the past. I moved some files over with both the web UI, and the built in folder for nautilus. Both worked with no problems, and only took a few seconds for the file to transfer. I am not a big fan of this kind of online storage, it is a really bad idea. What if Ubuntu lost my junk? And I know the files have little to no security, and get looked through all the time. I host my own system, over SSL and feel much better about that.
Upgrade took ~2 hours, mostly all downloading from the overworked Ubuntu servers. I read somewhere that there is a torrent type upgrade, and I wished I had explored that option for the upgrade. I bet it is much quicker.
Only other change that interests me is the new Empathy IM client, that is replacing Pidgin. I’ll have to upgrade the work computer before letting everyone know how good it is.
I have a raid 1 storage box at home, for file storage and sharing. It has gone from the first version of Ubuntu all the way to 9.04. I’ll have to upgrade it to 9.10 when I get a chance. I think this will be the 9th OS upgrade, with no reinstall needed, something MS cannot do.
October 28, 2009
Since I have a minor in CS, work in computer technology, and am a nerd, I seem to get the dreaded chore of helping people with computers. All part of the fun, is being the recipient of all those crappy emails from people. To define crappy, I should explain that the majority of these are email hoaxes. Emails about Walmart perfume, famous paintings and stupid email chains.
Before you forward another email to anyone, you really should check out these websites to see if they are hoaxes:
I’ve never let anyone email me too long before pointing out these hoax websites. If they continue they get one last warning, then if there is another violation, they get the world famous “Don’t email me again” email. It is always a good idea to let them know if they want to send pictures, or have original stuff that you’ll love to receive it.
The only thing worse than hoax emails, are the stupid political / abortion / immigration / anti-Muslim / hatefilled / closeminded emails. I cannot stand closed minded people, which means I’m closed minded about them, therefore I can’t stand myself. Anyways, I educate myself with the facts for which way I vote, I don’t plan on having an abortion anytime soon, I don’t fear other races or their culture, I don’t hate any religion, and I have time to formulate my own opinion. So no need to send me pre-processed opinion, the emails have little fact and usually only appeal to emotion. It is too bad that people still spread these types of emails, as it does not help resolve any of the topics they discuss, usually they only anger people further, indoctronate the simple minded, and create more hatred about topics that need a solution better than angery people.
October 26, 2009
Setup folder in your home directory:
add index.php file to it: ( from here )
$filepath = “/home/yourname/filedownloads/”;
$dir_handle = @opendir($path) or die(“Unable to open your $filepath”);
while ($file = readdir($dir_handle))
if($file == “.” || $file == “..” || $file == “index.php” )
echo “<a href=\”$file\”>$file</a><br />”;
append to apache setup file at /etc/apache2/sites-available/default
# public file download
Restart apache daemon
Everything you put inside the folder /home/yourname/filedownloads will now show up as a link on the web under filedownloads.yourdomain.com.
October 24, 2009
I got my hands on a MacBook Pro a couple weeks ago, so it is time for a review. First of all, I’m not a master of any operating system, but I am at least familiar enough with them to make a pretty good judgment. First the things I like, then the ones I don’t.
1. Really fast boot and shutdown time. The laptop only takes a few moments to start up, comparable to stripped down version of linux, or at least a linux server. The shutdown time is amazing, like 2 seconds.
2. Eye candy – The icons are cool, and you can tell someone really has spent some good time making application icons look really nice. The dock is nice for the application you always start up.
3. Terminal – The blessed terminal, with all of its wonderful powers. I was able to run most all the commands I use regularly, and found myself at home with it. VI, nano, ssh and sftp all installed and ready to go, what else do you need.
1. Application UI handling. I’m not sure of all the correct names for part, but that top tool bar sucks. If you click the ‘X’ at the top of any form, the application does not really close, all the menu stays at the top, the icon stays in the dock. You exited nothing, and that is stupid. I should not have to go into the menu to close an application.
2. Apples web site and tech support suck. Believe me.
3. Costs money, pseudo open source, not a lot of apps ported from windows / linux. I got Subversion and Git installed, command line only. ( Which is really fine by me ) I couldn’t find a tortoise type application, built in text editor sucks, no notepad++
4. Everything starts with a lower case i, and that is also stupid.