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Your Username Will Now Serve as Your ...

You might have read this on Hacker News/reddit, but still, this is too much of a WTF NOT to share. Basically, if you try to login to Caledonian Record, – a St. Johnsbury, Vermont based media website which recently put the site behind a pay wall and I can no longer catch up on hometown news you get an “announcement” of epic p [...]

Improving the Open Source user experi...

However, there’s one thing I always thought could be drastically improved in many open source projects: The User Experience. When I ask a not-so-techinal friend why they don’t use some open source project instead of commercial one many say that “it’s because ugly”. [...] Designers are scared of developers. Developers speak a foreign language, [...]

IE9 & HTML5

Let me just list some of the stuff IE9 doesn’t support: Application Cache (offline) Web Workers (threads in JavaScript) HTML5 Forms (validation mechanism, CSS3 selectors) JavaScript Strict Mode ForeignObject (embed external content in SVG) SMIL Animations (SVG animations) File API WebGL (3D) CSS3 Transitions (for animations) CSS3 Text S [...]

Remove all files but one with rm

Is there any way to remove all of the files in a directory except for one with a certain filename? For instance, if I had a directory containing the files file1, file2, and dontdelete. Would there be any way to quickly delete file1, and file2 and not dontdelete? I know that I could just do rm file1 file2 but that wouldn’t work for a bun [...]

Applying OTA update for Nexus S runni...

Got my hands on the Nexus S recently, and so far I’m loving it. I’m still getting to know the OS better – and with it learning more about the different ROMs, installing them and flashing them (Side note: The speed at which custom kernels & ROMs get flashed is a serious shock especially if you’re used to the slow-as [...]

[How-to] Fix for Ubuntu unable to shu...

The title might be a little long so let me explain it here. This is in relation to my post on Ubuntu hanging during boot with nVidia FX 5200. A brief history: I tried to install and boot Ubuntu (all releases till date) with my card, and ACPI settings turned on. The LiveCD boot and the boot after installation, both hang halfway. My previous so [...]

Am I the only person who gets ln -s t...

ln -s d1 d2 # Am I the only person who gets this the wrong way round every fucking time? Similar to most people who have posted there – I used to still get it wrong every time. It’s become a habit for me to do a man ln or ln –help before I execute this command :\ Great tip here though: but then I finally found out about the [...]

Canonical Donates Server to KDE

KDE is a growing community with growing needs. The KDE Sysadmin team works hard to keep up, but lately the servers have been coming under some strain. To help ease the situation, Canonical has donated a new server for the KDE Sysadmins to use. The server, named kundong, features an impressive 8 CPU cores, 6 GB of memory, and a 130 GB disk wit [...]

Security in a Public IaaS Cloud Part ...

The data leakage problem comes when a customer deletes their drive and then a new customer creates a new drive. The areas on the physical disks used for the old and new drives can overlap. Its therefore possible for the new customer to try and image off previously written data from other customers. That in a nutshell is the problem and its on [...]

State of The Linux kernel: 13 million...

Linux kernel: 13 million lines, over 5 patches per hour. The latest version of the Linux kernel currently consists of approximately 13 million lines of code across over 33,000 files. The rate of development peaked with version 2.6.30 last year, which saw an average of 6.40 patches per hour. The rate declined to an average of 5.30 patches per [...]