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Working amidst the ever merging & forever blurred realms of technocrat and troglodyte.


Dec
9
awarded  Yearling
Oct
12
comment Cronjob etiquette?
If you tried doing this on any well-maintained server (e.g., consider google.com), you'll get a captcha or simply be blocked from access for crossing some unknown, invisible line. (If you've ever restored your browser with 50+ tabs open with google queries, you know what I mean.)
Oct
12
comment Cronjob etiquette?
@Mario RSS is designed exactly for what is being asked. One should at least check to see if the option is available. (And, we're talking about the impact on the server, not effort on the client. Nonetheless, an aggregator/reader is a lot simpler to use than setting up a cronjob to send out email.) For a server, polling via http (or push notifications) does not scale. To call it "an alternative representation" is an understatement; RSS/ATOM allows for alternate, scalable architectures. Changes can be published to a syndication server; and clients can easily monitor using readers (like email).
Oct
11
comment Cant disable password complexity windows 8.1 home
obligatory xkcd => xkcd.com/936
Oct
11
answered How to create unified, virtualized, triple boot system (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Oct
11
comment Cronjob etiquette?
Ideally, the newsletter / website would have an RSS (or atom/etc) feed, so that you don't have to "poll", but can rather "subscribe" to updates. (Look for a rss or atom icon on their site.) In the absence of a good host, clients can't be faulted for lapses in etiquette. (It's nice of you to ask, though.)
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
19
awarded  Nice Answer
May
3
comment Correct way to override file permission /dev/null
A script can't "write" temporary files to /dev/null. (It's likely not a permissions issue: anyone can send data to /dev/null -- it's a bit bucket.) If it's sending data to /dev/null, then that data is obviously irrelevant to the correct working of the script (assuming the script works correctly). If fact, changing /dev/null on your system will likley break not only this script, but also other things on your system. Scripts are just text -- so, yes, you'll have to change the script in order to do what you want.
Mar
19
awarded  Enthusiast
Dec
17
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
23
answered -bash: __git_ps1: command not found
Nov
22
awarded  Necromancer
Oct
28
revised Webcam “on” light when no app using it, Linux Mint
added 371 characters in body
Oct
28
answered Webcam “on” light when no app using it, Linux Mint
Sep
21
comment How to turn on laptop with external power button
I had to re-read this description a couple times to understand what was being asked. My initial response to the question in the title was to just say "press the button." :-)
Sep
20
comment Convert .ai to .png?
Inkscape import formats: wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/…
Sep
20
comment How can I make 'diff -X' ignore specific paths and not file names?
true, could have saved a lot of time. just install rsync :-) (seriously, just install rsync)
Sep
19
comment How can I make 'diff -X' ignore specific paths and not file names?
Glad to hear you've got something working, but... for posterity: "you've passed the type -f to find. If you leave this out, the result might contain directories" => correct: so, don't leave it out. I added it for a reason. No need to recursive diff if you're already using recursive find. "I need find to list directories" => no, you don't; you need the files in directories to be listed, and find does that. "No option to exclude symlinks" => using -type f does exclude symlinks; alternatively, use -type l -prune -o will exclude symlinks (use in my example w/ patterns to exclude)
Sep
19
awarded  Yearling