Category Archives: productivity

Evolution of Technology

As a free software developer I come into contact with a wide variety of opinions on what development process makes for a good end product. I don’t believe the answer is straightforward. Here’s an excellent quote from Linus Torvalds which … Continue reading

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Simple Tools for Describing Rack Layouts

Often when a system at work is having a problem I won’t actually know where it is. I can remember where most of the network kit is located, but not all, and certainly not all the servers connected. Two tools we … Continue reading

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Living with Windows 7

Recently at work I migrated from a Linux desktop to a Windows 7 desktop. This is an account of how I then configured the Win7 system. First I should mention that working somewhere where they actually have an official, managed … Continue reading

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Understanding Stored Passwords in Chrome on OS X

When my Mac’s hard disk died, I replaced it with an SSD and reinstalled OS X. At the time I also restored my user’s “login.keychain” file from backup, because I knew that’s where Chrome had stashed all my stored web … Continue reading

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Hacking # in OS X

To get a # sign on an Apple keyboard you use the Option (or Alt) key + 3. This seems terribly klunky to me, and # is of course used quite a bit in programming and sysadmin work. This hack remaps another … Continue reading

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Is it silly that tmux is fun?

No, I don’t think it’s a bad thing to get a zing of excitement when you find a new tool that improves your life. Maybe you know what I mean – that feeling of happiness at saving time, remembering more … Continue reading

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