Category Archives: Operating Systems

Interesting Details About the Space Shuttle Operating System

One great thing about the blogowebs is that you never know what sorts of posts you might run across, and this post about self-modifying code and the Space Shuttle OS is a prime example of that: And it reminded me … Continue reading

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How To Show Hidden and Protected Files in OS X Finder

One of my few complaints about MacOS X is that at times I feel like it treats you with kids gloves– many options for power users either require some sort of hacking, or simply don’t exist. One such thing which … Continue reading

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How To Repair User Permissions In Mac OS X

I’m in the process of setting-up a new Apple MacBook Pro today, and during the process of trying to import and get some old SSH keys working correctly I accidently changed the permissions on my home directory. Even after scrolling … Continue reading

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Dell Dimension E520 With Ubuntu Linux Review

As mentioned earlier, I finally broke down and ordered a Dell Dimension E520 with Ubuntu Linux to replace my doddering primary workstation which is four years old at this point. Rather than writing a review right after opening the box, … Continue reading

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How To Display Linux VPS Memory Usage

In my experience, the hardest thing to work around when using a VPS for hosting is limited memory. It’s definitely a challenge to try and tune a database, web server, and application server for load under the constraints of a … Continue reading

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Installing A Dell 1100 Laser Printer in Ubuntu Linux

I’ve had an Dell 1100 laser printer for several years which has been both cost-effective and dependable for my low volume printing needs (coursework, maps, shopping lists, etc.). Trying to find how to get it to work on Linux wasn’t … Continue reading

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My New Dell Ubuntu Desktop Is En Route

My current desktop, right around four years old now, has been overdue for replacement for quite a long time. I’ve been holding out until quad core processors became mainstream at a price point that I was okay with, but I … Continue reading

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Rant: Installing Ubuntu 7.04 With An ATI Video Card Just Plain Sucks

I have to say I’m pretty annoyed with Ubuntu Linux at the moment. I’ve been wrestling with it all afternoon and evening to try and get it installed and working on an Lenovo / IBM T60 Thinkpad, and thus far … Continue reading

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Java 6 Shipped With Ubuntu 7.04

Ubuntu 7.04 was recently released, and is the first Linux distribution to include the Java SDK as a standard part of the Operating System. This is exciting news and goes to show that the effort put into open sourcing Java … Continue reading

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Drinking The MacBook Pro and OS X Kool-Aid

This past Friday marked the end of the second week at my new job which has brought many changes for me. I left a good sized development team at large company for the uncertainty for a VC funded start-up without … Continue reading

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