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I bought a new laptop recently, a Lenovo Yoga.  It’s the top-of-the line current generation: 13.3″ touchscreen, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, quad-core Intel i7 CPU.  Buying it was a fun moment: after shopping around the various retailers, I discovered that the cheapest ones available were from The Microsoft Store.  So I drove over there, walked […]

I have a bad habit.  I leave the music playing on my desktop all the time.  My wife shares the office, and she’s a professional podcaster, so this habit does not please her in the least.  Fortunately, I have found a technological solution. This solution is for Linux and Audacity.  You may be able to […]

This weekend I hit a sale at Fry’s and picked up a Buffalo Linkstation Duo, which has a pair of 2TB mirrored disks installed.  Since it talks only CIFS and AFP, I had to communicate with it via CIFS from one Linux box to, well, the Buffalo is also a Linux box.  I permanently put […]

If you’re one of those early adopters of LessCss, then you probably know by now that development of the original Ruby version has been abandoned in favor of a version that runs under Node.js. I’m a big fan of LessCss; both the nested definitions and parametric definitions make my life a whole lot easier. I […]

15Nov

Linux, Flash 10, and saving Flash files

Posted by Elf Sternberg as chat, Linux, personal

It used to be possible for Linux users to find and save the movie file from a Flash download with earlier versions of the Flash plug-in.  Flash put the file in the /tmp directory and if you were quick you  could copy it elsewhere.  If you had a plethora of Flash files, you could often […]

01Jan

Stupid Gawk Trick

Posted by Elf Sternberg as Linux

This morning, for no reason that I’d care to discuss in public, I needed to rename every file in a directory to the index number of its position in the directory in asciibetical order, and add an extension. The harmless version of this was: ls | gawk ‘BEGIN { c = 0; } c += […]

I’ve been helping a close friend with her website, which is written in rails. She admits that’s a mistake, now, because it shares database tables with a PHP application, and the communication between the two has always less than stellar. I’ve been looking into her current major problem, but while I’ve been at it, I’ve […]

As some of you may have heard, I recently lost my job at Isilon. In that great tradition, I have put up my resume. Have a look, and please comment on the content or presentation of either version: Kenneth M. Sternberg, Senior Web and User Interface Developer and Designer. There’s a copy for printing here.

I recently had the opportunity to set up Dan’s Guardian at home. The assumptions of this article are that you have access to a basic Linux or Macintosh computer somewhere, something small and old that you don’t need anymore. The basic idea here is that you’re going to build a passthrough filter and put it […]


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