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  • I'm too cheap to buy a radio alarm

    Jun 29, 2007

    Blogspot · applescript · os x · unix ·

    I have trouble waking up on time. That’s probably because I have trouble getting to bed on time. You can tell I have trouble getting to bed on time, because it’s 1:40 in the morning right now and I’m writing a little blog post instead of going to bed.

  • GNU screen

    Jan 25, 2007 (Updated Jul 11, 2009)

    Coolnamehere · unix ·

    Sometimes it’s helpful to have multiple consoles open. The best example I can think of is when you are logged in to a machine via ssh. There are other ways, of course. You could try to log in to the server with ‘-X’ so that X11 applications can run on the remote host but display on your computer. That’s not always easy, though. The administrator of the server may not allow X11 forwarding. Your machine may not allow or even understand X11 requests. You could log in to multiple ssh sessions. This is what I did for several years. It works, but it’s not the most convenient approach, since it clutters up your desktop. screen is a better option.

  • UNIX

    Sep 15, 2004 (Updated Jul 11, 2009)

    Coolnamehere · unix ·

    People who come to UNIX (or Linux) from the world of Windows are often disappointed by the apparent clunkiness and lack of unified tools. “Where’s Visual Studio? Where’s C++ Builder? Heck, Notepad would be nice.” These folks are looking all around for an IDE, or Integrated Development Environment. What they don’t realize is that UNIX is an Integrated Development Environment. You can’t get around the fact that this environment was made for geeks, by geeks. That means a lot of the programs that seem so clunky and awkward to the Windows person are, in fact, intended to work together to make development easier. Okay, so they aren’t all pointy-clicky and pretty, but that’s because pointy-clicky and pretty aren’t as important to these particular folks.