Monthly Archives: April 2008

Some helpful addons for Apache and PHP…

Jdub points out a couple of packages which I’m off to install right now. I’ve always redirected to a “one true” FQDN on my websites by using an extra virtualhost container and a redirect rule. libapache2-redirtoservname to the rescue! I don’t use as much PHP as a I used to but I’m sure that what […]

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37signals are Ricardo Semler fans…

On their blog Signal vs Noise, 37signals has a series of articles covering the work of Ricardo Semler, a business lecturer at MIT. I came to the party late with the most recent one on how to work smarter from an employers and leaders perspective. The three previous articles (linked in reverse chronological order) cover […]

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Forking for fun(pidgin) and profit!

So we use Jabber a lot at work for internal communication. I’ve always used Gaim^WPidgin but with the upgrades flowing through from Ubuntu Hardy I came across what I thought was a bug to do with size of (and ability to resize) the text entry window. But no, it’s a “feature”! The Pidgin ticket has […]

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Reading something into your bash history…

An interesting idea from jimmac via jdub. At home: (marty@merboo)-(03:42:46 Fri Apr 11)-(~) $ history|awk ‘{a[$2]++ } END{for(i in a){print a[i] ” ” i}}’|sort -rn|head 106 screen 96 ssh 48 sudo 43 vim 25 ifconfig 25 cd 17 make 12 ls 12 cat 10 iwconfig …and at work: marty@boober:~ $ history|awk ‘{a[$2]++ } END{for(i in […]

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If fibre goes down in a forest, does the twisted pair hear it scream?

So at $work[0] we’re trying to bring up a new service for a customer. It’s a 2meg service from T, which terminates on our side like so: fibre -> managed media converter -> twisted pair -> router We think we’re ready to turn it up and a T technician is booked. For 01:30am due to […]

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Google doesn’t seem to care about your privacy…

SMH is reporting about Google’s imminent launch of “Street View” in Australia. Richard Chirgwin points out the spineless journalism that let quotes like the following through to the keeper: Still reeling from the backlash by privacy activists after Street View began in the US last year, Ms Mayer said Google was developing technology to blur […]

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