Thursday, October 31, 2013

the Emacs tramp mailing list and gmane

Emacs and VC AKA Version Control

I am working for a customer
  • on WinXP
  • with GNU Emacs 24.2.1
  • through Tramp
  • resp. putty plink ("pscp")
  • on AIX files.

They are using CVS on AIX, but as I am actually the only Emacs user there, I don't really bother going through the set-up for using Emacs with CVS on WinXP.

Recently I looked into *tramp/pscp HOSTNAME*, and I decided I would be able cutting down on my waiting time, if I drastically reduced the list of files and directories being checked through VC in that environment.

I really don't mind the VC overhead on OS X or (SUSE) Linux, but in that difficult environment I rather want to proceed as described.

I found vc-handled-backends and customized it the Emacs way, and I was done.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

created utility "cvsgrep" from "rcsgrep" shipping with O'Reilly's "Unix Power Tools" (the code TAR ball)

Derived cvsrevs from rcsrevs, and cvsgrep from rcsgrep. This is really nice!! Imagine this:
$ cvsgrep -a SEARCHME files

I knew,  rcsgrep and sisters would be very, very useful.

svngrep should be quite useful as well.

OS X Mavericks' privacy default: "Send diagnostics & usage data to Apple"

No, I don't want to get crash reports sent out automatically, no, no, no!

downloaded and installed the latest OS X 10.9 AKA "Mavericks" last night – you get it for free from Apple

These applications are experiencing trouble now after installing OS X 10.9:

Monday, October 21, 2013

VirtualBox vs iSCSI

iSCSI supposes Gigabit LAN, so that's a good reason to replace my last non-Gigabit FRITZ!Box by a Gigabit one.
Somebody will get my last FRITZ!Box 7270 (non-Gigabit), and I will get me a new FRITZ!Box 7490.

O'Reilly Media book: Programming PHP, 3rd Edition

Programming PHP, 3rd Edition - O'Reilly Media

O'Reilly Media book: PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition

PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition - O'Reilly Media

O'Reilly Media book: Effective Akka

Effective Akka
Avoid common mistakes when building distributed, asynchronous, high-performance software with the Akka toolkit and runtime. With this concise guide, author Jamie Allen provides a collection of best practices based on several years of using the actor model. The book also includes examples of actor application types and two primary patterns of actor usage, the Extra Pattern and Cameo Pattern.

O'Reilly Media book: HTML5 Pocket Reference

HTML5 Pocket Reference
Need help finding the right HTML5 element or attribute for your web page or application? HTML5 Pocket Reference is the classic reference that web designers and developers have been keeping close at hand for more than thirteen years. This fifth edition has been updated to reflect the current state of HTML5, including the HTML5 Candidate Recommendation, the emerging HTML5.1 Working Draft, and the living WHATWG standard.

crime story "Sebastian Bergman" from Sweden on public TV sender in Germany

As opposed to the reviewers on IMDb I like the stories (broadcast on 2013-10-13 and 2013-10-20 on – although just as a simple-minded viewer.

(I am writing this in English, as all the articles referred to are in English, too.)

PacktPub book: Nokogiri by Hunter Powers
In this article by Hunter Powers, author of the book Instant Nokogiri, you will get an insight about Nokogiri the open source library to parse XML and HTML in Ruby.

O'Reilly Media book: Oracle Essentials
Written by Oracle insiders, this indispensable guide distills an enormous amount of information about the Oracle Database into one compact volume, including a valuable overview of Oracle Database 12c. Ideal for novice and experienced DBAs, developers, managers, and users, Oracle Essentials walks you through technologies and features in Oracle’s product line, including its architecture, data structures, networking, concurrency, and tuning.

O'Reilly Media book: Learning R
Learn how to perform data analysis with the R language and software environment, even if you have little or no programming experience. With the tutorials in this hands-on guide, you’ll learn how to use the essential R tools you need to know to analyze data, including data types and programming concepts.

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O'Reilly Media book: DNS and BIND, 5th Edition

DNS and BIND, 5th Edition - O'Reilly Media

Saturday, October 19, 2013

running more than 1 blog from one WordPress site …

First I tried to employ WordPress on my Synology NAS for that, but that does not look trivial at the 2nd look.

Actually … – at the link(s) above they show an RSS feed link for a specific tag – maybe that's good enough for my purposes – maybe not.

My WordPress installation on my NAS:

  • Before I start fiddling in the way described for multi-site WordPress installations (patching various PHP files), I am tempted to upgrade to the very latest WordPress release available.
  • But of course with Synology DSM, you are a little restricted …
Looks like this is not my last and successful attempt to get going with WordPress.

Facit: It works for simple purposes, but in my situation (blogging at least separately in English and in German) it's not yet for me. With it's rather easy to have separate blogs. And if you are cautious enough, particular ones can really be considered as anonymous.

Update …:
I assume, I have more flexibility, if I install WordPress on my web space at rather than on my NAS. It's Debian there.

Update 2013-12-25:

I am not sure, whether I will go for a "sub-domains" (AKA domain-based) or for "sub-directories" (AKA path-based).
I am using "sub-domains" with so far, but certainly only because there was no other option.
I assume, "sub-directory" will cause not as much Apache fiddling. Just "" and "" and so forth to be set up (more or less) separately …

Update 2013-12-25:
  • unpack the tar.gz into subdirectory wordpress
  • add the line mentioning WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE as descibed within "Create A Network"
  • visit the readme.html of my wordpress subdirectory in a browser and do as described there

Friday, October 18, 2013

O'Reilly Media book: DNS & Bind Cookbook

DNS & Bind Cookbook - O'Reilly Media

my DNS provider helped me delegating a subdomain of one of my domains to DYN-DOT-COM

There is not a web GUI way to configure that, but when I asked them over the phone, they just asked me to give them the details, and the task got accomplished within less than 2 hours.

Now I am able to reach my home network with a really nice FQDN.

Next steps:

  • blogs are run "by myself at home" (WordPress), no longer by i.e. Google
  • I can tell you individual photo album URLs pointing to my NAS at home – and also music album URLs etc – this has been long waited for
  • Synology has a rather interesting photo album blogging service running on their NASs
  • I can have my own network reachable wiki "at home"
Yes, I know, if my NAS's intrusion detection is too weak, than …

Thursday, October 17, 2013

added a section on "XCOFF-based Unix-like systems" at the article on "dynamic linker" on the English wikipedia

A long PATH… makes the OS …
  1. "… access the disk quite often, hence there is a lot of disk I/O" – do you agree?
  2. "… compute a lot of …, hence a high CPU load" – do you agree?
I got involved in a rather "controversial" discussion on that. I voted for (1). What are you voting for?

started the article on LIBPATH at the English wikipedia

I have no idea for how long it will survive the storms on I still just felt like I really should start it.

On AIX (apparently with some OS/2 ancestry) it means basically the same as LD_LIBRARY_PATH elsewhere.

Wikipedia:Redirect - how to deal with a wikipedia "redirect" had gotten redirected to, but LIBPATH is a meaningful environment variable on AIX as well. (There it means basically the same as So I wanted to create a disambiguation article for LIBPATH instead of the "redirect thing". That article helped me doing so.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

long PATH, LD_LIBRARY_PATH, … – what kind of performance impact do they have?

A long PATH… makes the OS …
  1. "… access the disk quite often, hence there is a lot of disk I/O" – do you agree?
  2. "… compute a lot of …, hence a high CPU load" – do you agree?
I got involved in a rather "controversial" discussion on that. I voted for (1). What are you voting for?

I posted this issue at as well.

"Lexical File Names in Plan 9" or "Getting Dot-Dot Right" (an article on symlinks in Unix)

An article on symlinks in Unix.
Symbolic links make the Unix file system non-hierarchical, resulting in multiple valid path names for a given file. This ambiguity is a source of confusion, especially since some shells work overtime to present a consistent view from programs such as pwd, while other programs and the kernel itself do nothing about the problem.
Plan 9 has no symbolic links but it does have other mechanisms that produce the same difficulty. Moreover, Plan 9 is founded on the ability to control a program’s environment by manipulating its name space. Ambiguous names muddle the result of operations such as copying a name space across the network.
To address these problems, the Plan 9 kernel has been modified to maintain an accurate path name for every active file (open file, working directory, mount table entry) in the system. The definition of ‘accurate’ is that the path name for a file is guaranteed to be the rooted, absolute name the program used to acquire it. These names are maintained by an efficient method that combines lexical processing—such as evaluating .. by just removing the last path name element of a directory—with local operations within the file system to maintain a consistently, easily understood view of the name system. Ambiguous situations are resolved by examining the lexically maintained names themselves.
A new kernel call, fd2path, returns the file name associated with an open file, permitting the use of reliable names to improve system services ranging from pwd to debugging. Although this work was done in Plan 9, Unix systems could also benefit from the addition of a method to recover the accurate name of an open file or the current directory.

O'Reilly Media book: X Power Tools

O'Reilly Media book: Linux Server Hacks, Volume Two

O'Reilly Media book: Linux Annoyances for Geeks

Sunday, October 13, 2013

FAQ: what USB speakers and DACs do Synology products support?

Friday, October 11, 2013

DVB-C (and DVB-T2/-T) for my Synolgy NAS "diskstations"

It needs the following software:

    These two mentioned diskstations are compatible with these two DVB-C USB connectable devices:

    This DVB-T2 /-T/-C USB connectable device would be my favourite, if it were supported by dvblogic for the NAS-s mentioned above and also for the Raspberry Pi:

    Q: "Catmatism"? A: just opposite of Dogmatism -"Accepting the changes without being dogmatic"

    Urban Dictionary: Catmatism

    A person who adopts a positive and revolutionary changes accordingly without being stubborn or stereotyped, is supposed to follow Catmatism. (sp?)

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    displaying files (on a UNIX command line), each file together with its names

    displays each file with its name before its content:
    $ head -999 file-a file-b file-c

    displays each file with its name before each line of its content:
    $ pipegrep '' cat file-a file-b file-c

    Search the web for pipegrep, if you are interested in it! It is written in one word.

    how to easily display a base64 encoded file

    I wondered, how I could achieve that on various Unix platforms, and I ran the following command on my Linux box:

    $ man -k base64
    base64 (1)           - base64 encode/decode data and print to standard output
    MIME::Base64 (3pm)   - Encoding and decoding of base64 strings

    Right the utility base64 (beloning to GNU coreutils) would do it, if it were broadly available; on AIX you can't expect GNU coreutils to be installed.
    The MIME::Base64 man page shows a nice perl one-liner making use of a perl module, which is rather likely to be installed:

    $ perl -MMIME::Base64 -ne 'print decode_base64($_)'

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    You'll find expert advice on these topics:
    Meet 1Password: Set your master passcode and make first-run configuration decisions. Explore usage strategies for 1Password on your Mac, PC, iOS device, or Android handheld, and understand the different components of the software on the different platforms. Get lots of ideas for how to share your vault (or vaults!) among your devices and with other people.
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    • My login item used to sign me in, but it stopped working. What should I do?
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    • What if I need to access my 1Password data from another person's computer?
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