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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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Patching and PPA'ing

I do this so irregularly that I can never remember the proper steps and haven’t been able find a simple source that has all the information I need, so here it is. Get the source with

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Synergy for HTPC control

Synergy. Great app. Synergy for HTPC control. Great application. Setup is pretty simple, but the Synergy HOWTO on the Ubuntu Community Documentation was pretty horrendous. I decided I’d give back a little and did a major clean up/rewrite of it … Continue reading

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Easy, automated backups with rdiff-backup

Let me start by saying rdiff-backup is exactly the tool I set out to find when looking for a backup solution. It makes use of librsync so you get all the goodness of the rsync remote-delta optimization algorithm, plus incremental … Continue reading

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Ugh… Why the paranoia, Transmission!?

Just wasted an hour because of the janky configuration setup for an otherwise great BitTorrent daemon, Transmission. Basically, the default configuration for Transmission that ships with Debian has RPC authentication turned on in two places. Finally discovered this by reading … Continue reading

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Kink the video, not your neck

If you’re anything like me when shooting short video clips with your camera, you regularly find that you’ve captured a great little clip with one exception – the video is turn on its side. Here is a little script to … Continue reading

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Gmail Contacts… Almost Accessible

Google has provided interfaces to most of its services through standard protocols, which is great. I can access my Google Calendar events via a private iCal address (one-way only, Google to my local client). I can access my Gmail messages … Continue reading

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FInally, A Solid DVD-to-MPEG Converter

For some reason I never came across HandBrake until reading about it by chance on diveintomark.org. It’s a CLI application that makes great use of two cores. With my dual-core opteron, top reports close to 200 percent CPU utilization. I … Continue reading

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Debian RC Script Control

As a former Gentoo user, I had to learn the Ubuntu/Debian way to add service to a system runlevel. For my desktop, I never had to worry about it because, as usual with Ubuntu, a nice GUI is provided to … Continue reading

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MythStream: Please help me ditch my cable TV

So I’ve been wondering when someone would finally get around to writing a plugin like this for MythTV. I can’t wait to get a setup that uses this plugin so that I can ditch cable TV altogether. Especially with the … Continue reading

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