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Tomatoes and data

You gotta prune tomato plants if you want good tomatoes. If you let them go wild, they’ll grow aggressively, growing tons of leaves, growing too densely, and destroying themselves by fungus and other blight from the overcrowding. As the stems … Continue reading

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systemd resource limiting for mortals

Motivation I’ve recently gotten completely fed-up with my backup process (using duplicity) in the way it gobbles up huge amounts of memory (6GB+ out of 8GB physical memory) when doing its daily backup. This annoyance is amplified by code in … Continue reading

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Notes from AWS summit 2014

I got a chance to stop by the AWS Summit 2014 at their stop in San Francisco at the Moscone. It was a free event, and mobbed by people apparently hungry to learn more about Amazon’s Cloud platform services. I … Continue reading

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How to login GNOME3 keyboard only

Not being able to login without a mouse/trackpad with the gnome3 gdm greeter has bothered me for quite some time, and usually I just complain silently and use the mouse. But today, I rejoice! …because someone has figured it out! … Continue reading

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Web frameworks for web startups

I am not a web dev. I am mostly in the dark with regards to utilizing the latest web technologies. If you’re actually starting a company, you’ll want to hire a real web-dev But occasionally, I need to throw up … Continue reading

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Ignore whitespace in meld

This is probably *not news*, but I discovered that there is a way to ignore whitespace in meld. It’s under Edit->Preferences->Text Filters. There’s a setting (in hindsight, obviously) for ignoring changes that insert and delete lines and ones for ignoring … Continue reading

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HOWTO: Enable hibernate in gnome 3.6

I upgraded to Fedora 18 from Fedora 17 using FedUp recently, and I was dismayed to find that there was no more “Hibernate” option in the status menu, even though I had the alternative-status-menu extension installed. Apparently in their wisdom, … Continue reading

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(Computer) languages worth learning

A friend of mine asked me what languages he should learn to get re-started/refreshed in programming. I’ve listed my opinions here, partly so I’ll remember what I recommended in the past, partly so that others can learn too, and partly … Continue reading

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Fedora 17 upgrade notes

Here are some personal notes on upgrading a home machine to Fedora 17 (beta). The preupgrade requires about 165MB on /boot for the upgrade. This is in addition to whatever you needed to boot Fedora. I didn’t have enough space, … Continue reading

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Using git to collaborate on a paper

I’m working with others on a paper written in LaTeX.  It’s stored in a git repository.  I figured it would be easy for all of us to track and merge each other’s changes this way.  So my friend clones the … Continue reading

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