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2014-08-21 — Permalink

All fired up

After putting it off for various reasons for at least a couple of years, I've finally switched back from Chromium to Firefox and I'm very glad I did so.

The recent UI change seems to have upset a lot of Firefox users but it was instrumental in prompting my return and I'm sure others will have felt the same; Firefox once again looks and feels like a modern browser.

I have to say also that it feels an imperial bucketload snappier than Chromium too. The exact opposite was one of the reasons I left in the first place.

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2014-07-14 — Permalink

Quayside

Docker is the new best thing ever.

The technology behind it is pretty cool. It works very well and it's incredibly easy to just make things work.

But that's not the best bit!

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2014-06-17 — Permalink

tmux

tmux is the best thing ever. That is all.

No, that is not all. Here is how I make use of tmux to make my life measurably more awesome:

First, my .tmux.conf. This changes tmux's ctrl-b magic key binding to ctrl-a as I've grown far too used to hitting that from when I used screen. I set up a few other screen-like bindings too. Finally, I set a few options that make tmux work better with urxvt.

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2014-06-14 — Permalink

Simple mail transfer pondering

tl;dr I like the MIT license, mutt, tagging things, and synchronising my data between my devices.

Simplicity

As I meander through my life and career, one thing stands out as becoming more and more important as time goes by; I've noticed a definite trend in myself towards desiring simplicity above all else.

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2014-05-23 — Permalink

Ramble

Today has been a fairly mixed bag. I booked today off as holiday some weeks back as work has been consistently stressful and I felt I needed a day to spend by myself with nothing in particular to do. I could probably have predicted it, but that's not quite how it turned out.

The morning started pleasantly: my wife is on a late shift today so she didn't need to leave until 11 so we had a leisurely breakfast together. Then we got to talking about what I'd do today; "Not much", said I. Naturally, the conversation went down the route of talking about things I might do. "Perhaps I'll wander into the city". "Oh, while you're there could you just..."

Before long, I had a to-do list. I didn't mind too much but mentioned in passing that days off always go by far too quickly. The ability of menstrual women to misinterpret a sentence is literally mind-blowing.

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2014-05-08 — Permalink

Eligarf

All week so far, I've gone to bed before 10pm every night and have woken up feeling tired, been tired all day, had difficulty focussing during the day, and have still been tired when home from work. I went to bed at 8pm on Wednesday night. Also, my stomach has seemed unsettled. My wife appears to have some of the same symptoms so I don't think I'm about to encounter renal failure or some such mechanical failure of my parts. A very odd illness though. Also, we're both feeling fairly down.

I blame the management.

Dilos

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2014-04-27 — Permalink

Laziness

Over the last couple of days I've been setting up a few things that I've been meaning to figure out for ages. I'm going to note down here what I did so when it all goes wrong, I can find out what I did ;)

Pretties

My desktop machine is one of those frankenstein jobs that has been gradually evolving for the past 15 years or so; every single part of it has been replaced at least 3 times but it's still the same machine in my mind. I've recently been treating myself to a little bit of gaming, partially prompted by Steam's recent push for linux. Having bought Portal 2 a few days ago, it became apparent that my graphics card had become the next candidate for replacement so I bought myself a GeForce GT 640 which I'm sure someone will tell me was a terrible choice (I long ago stopped knowing anything about hardware) but it's doing the job just fine so far.

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2014-04-14 — Permalink

Netcat

I had occasion recently to need an entry in my ssh config such that connections to a certain host would be proxied through another connection. Several sources suggested the following snippet:

Host myserver.net
    ProxyCommand nc -x <proxy host>:<proxy port> %h %p

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2014-03-26 — Permalink

Judon't

tl;dr: broke my collar bone, ouch.

Since my last post, I've had a second Judo session which was just as enjoyable as the first except for one thing. Towards the end of the session we went into randori (free practice) - basically one-on-one sparring. I'm pleased to say that I won my first bout but in the second I went up against a guy who'd been learning for only 6 months or so. After some grappling, he threw me quite hard and with little control and I landed similarly badly - owch.

The first thing I realised was that I'd slammed my head pretty hard against the mat and that I was feeling a little groggy. After a little while, it became apparent that I'd also injured my shoulder. The session was over though and I winced through helping to put the mats away.

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2014-03-05 — Permalink

Things

I've been meaning to write something for weeks but somehow I never quite seem to get around to it.

Never say never. That old chestnut. Two in the bush gathers no broth.

Troy's Moan

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