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  • /etc/motd

    I have been using Linux for many years, but only recently found out about /etc/motd. When you SSH into a server, it displays a message that varies depending on your Linux distribution. For instance, a stock Debian installation looks like this:

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  • Alpine Linux, wget, and ca-certificates

    I’ve been working with Alpine Linux this week. This tiny Linux distribution is an excellent choice for a base docker image or, in my case, for a low power VPS. I love how easy and fast it is to install and configure this distribution.

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  • I Inherited an Open Source Project

    Last week I was browsing Twitter when I noticed a retweet where Honza was putting all of his open source projects up for adoption since he is going to go work at Apple. I took a look at the long list of neat projects that were up for adoption and decided to throw my hat in the ring for Pong.

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  • Tomboy Notes Keyboard Shortcuts

    In my never ending quest for a sane note tool, I am trying out Tomboy Notes. I like it because its fast, allows for simple synchronization, and has a unique wiki style link function that lets you chain together related notes.

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  • Vim is Awesome

    I have been meaning to post this for quite some time, but there is this fantastic website called Vim Awesome that has an exhaustive list of vim plugins along with their respective docs and installation instructions. It is a great way to learn more about all of the wonderful plugins that take vim to the next level.

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  • Recovering from Syntax Errors in /etc/rc.conf in FreeBSD

    I have been exploring FreeBSD over the last few weeks. In fact, I moved this blog over to a server running FreeBSD tonight. Naturally, while fiddling around with /etc/rc.conf (the default init file of FreeBSD) with vi I made a syntax error. Upon rebooting, FreeBSD yells at me and starts a shell in a read only file system.

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  • Ubuntu Through the Years

    I was browsing through the Ubuntu sample content and came across this neat video by Nathan Haines called Ubuntu Through The Years. I first installed Ubuntu in 2004, and I still have a box of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Cd’s laying around somewhere. This definitely brings back a lot of memories. I uploaded it here for your viewing pleasure.

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  • Installing Slack on Ubuntu

    Ah Slack, the email killer, the bane of my existence. Now in stunning Ubuntu 3d. Like chrome before it, and seemingly all electron apps, the .deb is not able to resolve all dependencies. In order to get slack working you must do the following.

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  • Setting up GNOME Online Accounts on Ubuntu (Unity)

    If you have not used GNOME in a while, then you may not be familiar with GNOME online accounts. This is super handy utility that allows you seamlessly integrate GNOME with various applications. Most notably for me, it plugs into Evolution like a charm and allows you to connect your Google Account and ownCloud/Nextcloud accounts without too much trouble.

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  • Working with chruby and nvm on Ubuntu

    I am setting up a new Ubuntu 16.04 dev environment. I wanted to take some notes on my progress. I am trying out chruby after it being highly recommended by the ruby gurus Eric and Zach. A natural place to start would be to get this Jekyll blog running locally. I ran into a few stumbling blocks.

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