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 …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGJxWOWpXpw Now that I’ve updated my Arch Linux 64 desktop with some newer packages, I’ve come across a few surprises. For one, that XMBC works! I was so peeved when I couldn’t get it to work before. XMBC is an …

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So I watched Limitless the other day on the advice of good friend.  (spoiler alert) It was awesome. Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper as Edward “Eddie” Morra, explores a world where a pharmaceutical  company has manufactured pills that, when ingested, allows …

The Movie Review: Limitless Read more »

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Every once in a while I get into discussions with various people about computer programming concepts such as objects, classes, data-types, methods, and functions. Sometimes these discussions result in questions about the definition of these terms from those who have …

Understanding the Concepts of Classes, Objects, and Data-types in Computer Programming Read more »

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Most bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics such as penicillin, discovered decades ago. However, such drugs are useless against viral infections, including influenza, the common cold, and deadly hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola. Now, in a development that could …

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Since the last TPM meeting in October, some of the TPM members have been working diligently to improve the CPAN search experience by re-architecting CPAN search from the bottom up. I’ve joined the design team in the hopes of providing …

Work on CPAN-API and Perl Modules Indexing Read more »

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So if you haven’t heard of Jolicloud http://www.jolicloud.com/, then you need to download and install it now. It’s an Ubuntu based OS (a self-proclaimed “Cloud OS”) specifically designed for Netbooks, and it rocks. I have Jolicloud installed on my Samsung …

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I’ve been using Xymon (formerly known as “Hobbit”) for a long time.  In most situations, I have Xymon running in a redundant configuration, with two or more instances of Xymon working together to monitor a network. Even though Xymon works …

Syncronizing Xymon’s ‘bb-hosts’ Configurations Read more »

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Currently Xmonad is my window manager of choice, because it’s clean, functional, and removes all the unnecessary crap that most modern desktops usually come with by default. Although Xmonad is very cool, there are still some things that it’s lacking …

Using DZEN with Xmonad to view Currently Active Network Shares Read more »

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Well, my Blackberry is officially offline because of a nationwide blackberry outage currently taking place. I use my Blackberry to receive messages from monitoring systems at VMware, so I’m severely pissed. I haven’t received any e-mails for several hours! The …

Nationwide Blackberry Outage – 22/23 December 2009 Read more »

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The way things are these days, you’d think that I, like I would imagine many other people in the world, would be thinking about money, the recession, the potential for war between countries who have been flirting with the bomb, …

Recession, War, Politics, Poverty…. Software Development? Read more »

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