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printf “%q ” in bash, to escape arguments

I learned a useful trick with the bash shell today. We can use printf “%q ” to escape arguments to pass to the shell. This can be useful in combination with ssh, in case you want to pass arguments containing … Continue reading

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job control in the shell

Job control is a basic feature of popular UNIX and Linux shells, such as “bash”. It can be very useful, so I thought I’d make a little tutorial on it… ^C  press Ctrl-C to interrupt a running job (you know this one!) ^\ … Continue reading

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Fight Back against universal surveillance (aka Big Brother)

Today, FEBRUARY 11TH 2014, is “the day we fight back” against universal surveillance by our governments, and specifically the NSA (aka Big Brother).  Please add your voice to this protest, and add their black banner to your site/s. https://thedaywefightback.org/ P.S. It … Continue reading

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svn ignore dammit

“Thank-you” svn for such a hideous, bogus and difficult way to ignore files. So I wrote a script svn-ignore-all: #!/bin/sh # svn-ignore-all # usage: # 1. run svn status to see what is going on at each step # 2. add or … Continue reading

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9 reasons to love Pandora

Laptops and phones can be good, and do have some advantages … but here are 9 reasons I love my Pandora: – fits in pocket (2) – great gaming controls (1) (2) – full ASCII+ keyboard (1) (3) – superb … Continue reading

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Don’t Feed The Trolls

Don’t Feed The Trolls a maxim for life

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