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A software retrofit for keyboards without multimedia keys

When using a simple keyboard that lacks multimedia keys, here’s a solution for Windows systems that add custom key mappings that in turn generate simulated multimedia key presses. Any application that supports multimedia keys won’t know the difference. Install AutoHotkey. … Continue reading

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Exception Handling in Bash

Here’s a convenient pattern for anyone doing Bash scripting: Use a subshell with the Bash halt-on-failure feature enabled to execute a set of commands but break as soon as any one of them fails.

The above example will print … Continue reading

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Great advice

… that I’m clearly not following.

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The Laptop-with-Roaming-Services Problem

This is a quick solution to the problem of hosting services on a roaming laptop that need to be semi-reliable and available. When switching connections from wired to wireless (or vice versa), services like ssh need to remain available and … Continue reading

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Saving Orphaned Terminal Applications

No longer does it require a degree in UNIX voodoo to save shell processes which have become detached from a controlling TTY. Meet reptyr.

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Dedication to Open Source Software

Ran across this comment in Eye Of Gnome bug #78514: I would like to extend my thanks to the gnome team/community for a great last moment with my dad. Adrian Hands (my father) wrote the patch above to improve the … Continue reading

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Efficiency

A Slashdot gem: Oh, the jobs people work at! Out west, near Hawtch-Hawtch, there’s a Hawtch-Hawtcher Bee-Watcher. His job is to watch… is to keep both his eyes on the lazy town bee. A bee that is watched will work … Continue reading

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My Feeds

Sounds and Pictures NPR (Audio/Text via NPR Android app, Text via web feed on iGoogle, Audio via FM radio) TED Talks (via Ted Talks Boxee app) The Linux Action Show (Audio via web feed on Listen Android app, Video via … Continue reading

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Localization is a lot of work!

But satisfying. I’m finally calling elana.braun-jones.org localized enough and I have to say that it is cool to have an identical feature set in two fully localized versions (en_US and fr_FR). Just some of the tasks to get the site … Continue reading

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