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Pandoc for Word Document conversion

I just discovered pandoc. Well, I first bookmarked it in 2008, and again in 2016, so I guess I rediscovered it. But what I mean is that I finally discovered what to use it for: converting Word files to Markdown. … Continue reading

03. November 2017 by luke
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Avocado News

The Smithsonian has news for market timers: Americans devour 7 pounds of avocado per person each year, compared to 1 pound on average back in 1989. Per capita consumption of avocados has tripled since the early 2000s, according to the … Continue reading

29. July 2017 by luke
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Dodged the XML bullet

Years ago, when XML was the new hotness, I kept meaning to learn it. (I mean, I learned it, except the headers and CDATA, but I never figured out how to use XPath or XQuery or XSLT or do anything useful … Continue reading

13. June 2017 by luke
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Gosling on Electrical Engineers

James Gosling may use emacs, but apart from that, he’s clearly not stupid: computers were showing up in all kinds of embedded devices, like TVs, VCRs, elevators, locomotives and cellphones and all that. But it was all being done by … Continue reading

13. June 2017 by luke
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Homebrew

I guess I’m going to have to put together a master guide from all these entries. Here’s something else you should do: $ brew install coreutils findutils gnu-tar gnu-sed gawk gnutls gnu-indent gnu-getopt (Here’s somebody’s master guide.)

06. June 2017 by luke
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iMac configuration

I mentioned previously how I’ve rehabilitated the 10-year old iMac. Today, I’ve been setting up the software environment. First, I transferred my iTunes library over to the new computer. Then I installed some non-Safari browsers: Chrome, Firefox, and Brave. Then … Continue reading

19. May 2017 by luke
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Setting Up Homebrew on my New Old Mac

I set up Homebrew on my iMac. (If you go to their site, the Homebrew project has documentation there, which explains the whole not-use-sudo philosophy and using /usr/local now that Apple makes it hard not to, but I don’t understand it, so it … Continue reading

19. May 2017 by luke
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Moving iTunes from one mac to another

The biggest single reason I wanted to fix my old iMac was to put a honkin’ big HD in it, and the reason for that was so I could have an iTunes library on the main hard drive instead of … Continue reading

19. May 2017 by luke
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iMac Salvaged!

Mostly I’ve been blogging about my adventures in Linux-land. But I wanted to write a bit about my other project. About 9 1/2 years ago, we got an iMac, and about four years ago we replaced it with a Mac Mini. … Continue reading

12. May 2017 by luke
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Useful system monitoring tools

$ sudo apt install sysstat nmon htop $ iostat $ vmstat $ htop $ nmon Via.

09. May 2017 by luke
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