Quantum Intelligence

Warning, the following might be considered an exercise in mental, <ahem>.. recreation.  Still with all the talk these days around artificial intelligence, the speed at which the field of AI research is growing and the benefits and potential risks of artificial intelligence in …

The Evolution of AI: Quantum Intelligence, And What It Means For Humanity Read more »

I decided to write a very small disk usage reporting script that provides some extra information than does just using ‘du‘ directly.  The script of course uses du, among other command line tools and parsing commands to generate the little …

Tiny linux disk usage reporting script – dux.bash Read more »

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Often when you are maintaining a large number of servers, it is useful to be able to query those systems all at once to find out information like IP address, configured hostnames, and even the OS version.   In this …

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The universe is accelerating away from the center of the Big Bang. The universe is cooling down, because galaxies are moving away from each other. The number of stars in the sky will diminish over time, there will eventually be …

Our Galaxy is a Seed that Will Eventually Grow into it’s Own Universe Read more »

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I’m almost through the book Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual. I’m listening to the audio-book.  I like it, it’s pretty good. Along with the benefit of having the author, John Sonmez narrate his own book, he also provides …

Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual – A Review [Audiobook] Read more »

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When I was using perl as my primary development language, I had a platform of tools in place to make my perl development fun and productive. This included tools like Perl::Dancer, DBIx::Class, cpanm, and perlbrew. Perlbrew was a tool I …

rbenv and multiple local ruby version installs (like perlbrew) Read more »

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Source: http://askubuntu.com/questions/9135/how-to-backup-settings-and-list-of-installed-packages Warning: Read about caveats in the link above before use #——————————————————- ## The backup script dpkg –get-selections > ~/Package.list sudo cp -R /etc/apt/sources.list* ~/ sudo apt-key exportall > ~/Repo.keys rsync –progress /home/`whoami` /path/to/user/profile/backup/here ## The Restore Script rsync …

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It doesn’t matter whether you are a senior engineer, a team lead, or an IT manager – eventually you will encounter the situation.  A meeting or discussion that becomes slightly more animated than usual.  Opinions are strong, and it is …

Expressing Your Authority May Be Working Against You Read more »

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Externalization and Deduplication Developers who understand the concepts of modularity and deduplication should immediately recognize the power behind being able to include settings and commands from external files.   It is seriously counter-productive to maintain multiple scripts or playbooks that …

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This article is in response to the following question posted in the Perl community group on  LinkedIn: I’m new to PERL and trying to understand recursive subroutines. Can someone please explain with an example (other than the factorial ;) ) …

Examples of recursion, in Perl, Ruby, and Bash Read more »

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I manage a few personal mail relays that I use for relaying my own mail and for experimentation purposes (mail logs are a great source of unique and continuously flowing data that can you use to try out different ideas …

Managing Your SMTP Relay With Postfix – Correctly Rejecting Mail for Non-local Users Read more »

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Cross-post from LinkedIn, in response to How Seeking ‘Free’ Works Against Our Career Success: I cannot completely agree here. There are many who offer free advice that also happens to be good advice. Alternatively, it is important for advice seekers …

Bad advice on “free advice” Read more »

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Cross-post from LinkedIn, in response to Stephen Hawking: Black Holes May Not Have ‘Event Horizons’ After All: So relevant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXh9RQCvxmg Stephen Colbert interviews Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. The entire interview (starts about 6 mins in) is just a wholly wonderful …

Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson at Montclair Kimberley Academy – 2010-Jan-29 Read more »

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“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life …

Beautiful people do not just happen. Read more »

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 “Time passes so quickly. Minutes are like seconds.  Hours fly by in a wink. Responsibilities are inherited, expanded.  Your self-image pushes you forward to embrace the challenge. Thinking becomes a luxury.  Quick fixes and band-aid solutions become the norm. There …

Every Minute is a Reflection of Life Read more »

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Last night I attended a talk given by Dr. Damian Conway (of Perl Best Practices fame) titled “Fun With Dead Languages“.  Although this is a talk that Damian had given previously, it is the first time that I heard it, …

My Fun With Necrolinguaphilia Read more »

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Cross-post from LinkedIn, in response to Maybe Big Brother Isn’t As Bad as You Think: “This is a future Orwell could not have predicted. And Big Brother may turn out to be a pretty nice guy.” I respectfully disagree. As …

Maybe Big Brother Isn’t As Bad as You Think.. Read more »

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An Opportunity To Play Around with CentOS One of the personal projects that I’ve always had itching away at the back of my mind was the urge to revamp my home network monitoring and security.  One of the tools that …

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On January 28th, at around 5am EST, the newest member of our family was born.  Weighing in at around 6lbs 3oz, and just under 20 inches in length; our daughter, Phoebe Isabelle Lopez, arrived into our world.. and we couldn’t …

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of our family! Read more »

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  If you and your team, in 2013, are still sharing Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) documents via internal corporate e-mail, I’ve got news for you.  You’re doing it wrong. “Live documents” are documents that are actively being updated and collaborated …

Why You Shouldn’t be Sharing “Live” Documents by E-mail Read more »

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I’ve been to many team meetings (or “all hands”) that have, in the end, provided no real value to the team in attendance.  It is very possible (and likely quite common) that most meetings are actually a waste of time …

Team Meetings at the Workplace Read more »

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Over the last week I’ve been playing around with Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) and Linux Mint 14 (Nadia).  Although I can appreciate Linux Mint (it is indeed very elegant), I think I will be sticking with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS for …

Adventures with Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint 14 (Nadia) Read more »

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It’s occurred to me fairly often of the past several years that the reason why democracy doesn’t achieve ideal results is simply because most voters are ill-informed about the real issues facing the world; and not just the issues being …

People Aren’t Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say Read more »

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Ever feel like you’re in a position to make a decision where there can be no reasonably useful or positive outcome?  Ever feel like the the choice in front of you will simply lead to misery (or at very least, …

Are your feelings as important as those of others around you? Should they be? Read more »

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This is just amazing. A facinating merger of painted art, story-telling, and animation. You’re welcome :) The artist behind this awesome display is Thijme Termaat (pronounced ‘tie-muh’ ‘tir-maat’).  If you are interested in learning more about his work, visit his …

“I Paint” by Thijme Termaat Read more »

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Ars Technica recently talked to Michael Geist, a legal scholar at the University of Ottawa, about this effort. He told us that rather than making their arguments at the World Intellectual Property Organization, where they would be subject to serious …

ACTA is part of a multi-decade, worldwide copyright campaign Read more »

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World’s most popular Web Server powers nearly 400 million Websites across the globe Numerous enhancements make Apache HTTP Server v2.4 ideally suited for Cloud environments. They include: •    Improved performance (lower resource utilization and better concurrency) •    Reduced memory usage …

The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates the 17th Anniversary of the Apache HTTP Server with the release of v2.4 Read more »

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Larry Smith, economics instructor at the University of Waterloo, gives a very moving lecture to both educate and inspire upcoming graduates on the reason why most of them will fail to have a great career.  He doesn’t come right out …

TEDxUW – Larry Smith – Why you will fail to have a great career Read more »

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[techweekeurope.co.uk] UK Government To Demand Data On Every Call And Email Plans could force ISPs and phone operators to hand over records on all phone calls, emails, Tweets and Facebook messages [telegraph.co.uk] Phone and email records to be stored in …

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Here is a wonderful poem that I remember from my childhood.  Although many of the things that we learn in school as children are akin to shrink-wrapped airplane food, there are some juicy bits of wisdom that are worth taking …

Stop And Smell The Roses, But Be Wary of The Road Yet Travelled Read more »

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An article talking about the issue of climate change research, and how governments may be actively preventing the findings from reaching the general public. “I suspect the federal government would prefer that its scientists don’t discuss research that points out …

Canadian government is ‘muzzling its scientists’ Read more »

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