This is my home in the virtual world, where I write
about things that I want to share. The freely available software that
I've written as well as some of the photographs I've taken over the
years can also be found here. Please use the navigation links on the
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After having been an emacs user for a long time, I was starting to grow
disenchanted with it around version 24. My main problem is that it was
starting to get really slow. Not just in starting up, but also in daily use,
especially it you kept an instance open ...
A lot of classic books that are in the public domain because their
copyrights have expired (as they are supposed to) are available from Project
Gutenberg. Long before e-readers were available I downloaded these books in
text or HTML format and read them on my PC. This unfortunately was less ...
Recently I was listening to an MP3 file of a talk about no-till gardening
when I noticed that there was a noticable buzz in the sound. I figured I
would try my hand at sound filtering with Python as a learning experience.
Recently I updated my workstation to FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE-p1. Since my
laptop runs the same OS, I wanted to update it without rebuilding the
world and kernel locally. I used the folowing steps to accomplish that.
Using netcat in combination with tar, the directories
/usr/src and /usr/obj were ...
Every now and then I make backups of my FreeBSD system's filesystems with the
venerable dump program. This is the only program that can capture
all features of the UFS filesystem. The filesystems to be backed up
The Shimano Deore XT disk brakes on my HP Velotechnik Scorpion trike
have always been very noisy when dry. Oddly enough they were much
quieter when wet. Over the years I've tried sanding the pads and
different detergents and cleaners including strong industrial solvents.
There have been some changes in the FreeBSD update process. The
csup program has been retired, source code updating is now done
with subversion. Since I haven't used that before, I'm documenting
the steps that I took here.