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1. More Screenshots of ARK: Survival Evolved on Linux
ARK: Survival Evolved is very very soon moving from Early Access to RELEASE! As mentioned in my first ARK screenshots post, ARK is available on Linux via Steam. I thought I would post a few more screenshots. The most recent patch (264.36 released on August 9, 2017) seems to have ...

2. Don't trash your Torch router just yet
The Torch router was a Kickstarter project that was successfully funded and shipped product but the company failed shortly afterwards. Closed. Out of business. "Torch. A simple router for digital parenting." https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mytorch/torch-a-simple-router-for-digital-parenting I was apparently not a backer but bought the product through their store so I am unable to ...

3. Python requests urllib3 SSL warning
My Linux development computers are still running Ubuntu 14.04 which includes Python 2.7. One of the libraries I commonly use to access websites or APIs from Python is "Requests: HTTP for Humans". Requests in turn leverages urllib3.  The following warning began popping up a while ago when making requests to SSL ...

4. Screenshots of ARK: Survival Evolved on Linux
ARK: Survival Evolved is a (currently Early Access) game that works natively on Linux and is available thru Steam. It combines aspects of survival, crafting and FPS (First Person Shooter) games with... dinosaurs! It can be addictive and also can be loads of fun. And DINOSAURS! Here is my desktop ...

5. How to Install Minecraft Mods on Linux
See the "Additional Notes" section near the bottom of this article for more info on installing and running the java version of Minecraft on Linux. The first thing I noticed when I started looking at Minecraft mods is dependencies. One major dependency to note is the Minecraft version. At the time ...

6. Release v1.3 of my dailymile_export tool
Announcing v1.3 of my dailymile export tool In this most recent release of dailymile_export I have updated the Python version to grab extended information for each entry. The download bundle is available: https://github.com/danstoner/dailymile_export/releases The basic usage info of the python script: $ python dailymile_export_to_tsv.py --help usage: dailymile_export_to_tsv.py [-h] [-d] [-e] ...

7. Write in Markdown and use pandoc to generate ...
The last time I updated my resume I decided that it needed some major revisions. I didn't want to use a WYSIWYG editor anymore and I wanted to start tracking changes to my resume with git. After looking at various plain text file formats and markup options, and even though ...

8. Lubuntu Linux on Dell Latitude E7240
I wanted to buy two laptops, one for me to run Linux and an identical one for a family member who needs to run Windows. We didn't want Windows 8 with a touchscreen, we wanted a regular laptop with Windows 7. If I were only buying a single laptop for ...

9. My dailymile_export tool - this time in Perl
I first announced  my dailymile export tool in February 2015. Announcing v1.2 of my dailymile export tool In this most recent release of dailymile_export I have included a Perl 5 version of the script. The download bundle is available: https://github.com/danstoner/dailymile_export/releases The basic usage info of the perl script:   $ ...

10. Getting Started with Perl 6
[image1] The goal of this blog post is to document the steps needed to install and run Rakudo Perl, which is a "useful and usable distribution" of Perl 6 .  The #perl6 IRC channel on freenode has been very active the few times I popped in with questions and I was ...

11. Two websites for HTTP responses and status codes
I found two useful websites the other day while cleaning up some code that deals with various HTTP responses and status codes. The first web site is HTTP Status Codes, which as you might be able to guess provides documentation about the various HTTP status codes: http://httpstatus.es/ Screenshots: [image1] [image2] ...

12. Export entries from dailymile with my export tool
I have been using dailymile as my fitness training log since 2010. I have now logged over 1500 entries and 6600 miles total. I don't want to lose that information. I would like to be able to do more advanced anlalytics on my personal fitness data than the dailymile web app ...

13. Linode now offering 10 bucks per month plan
Linode is an outstanding VPS provider. I have been a happy Linode customer since 2010 (over five years). During that time, Linode has provided many free upgrades (more memory, more disk space, ...). For their birthday last year, Linode announced a $10 per month VPS plan. This lower-cost plan is ...

14. GoPiGo - Raspberry Pi Robot
I recently received a package from another successfully funded Kickstarter project, the GoPiGo, a Raspberry Pi robot.The Kickstarter campaign raised $56k compared to their $7,600 goal. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/john-cole/gopigo-the-delightful-raspberry-pi-robot My package included the robot kit, a bunch of accessories, and an actual Raspberry Pi Model B+. The SD card comes loaded with ...

15. Kano Computer Kit - Great for Kids
Last week I received our Kano Computer Kit, the "computer anyone can make". I have not backed very many Kickstarter projects and I am just so happy that this one made it. The result is a fully-polished, professional quality computer kit... for kids. [image1] My daughter (10 years old, 5th ...

16. Planet Explorers Game on Linux
A game called Planet Explorers just became available in Early Access style on Steam. It is available for PC Windows, Mac, and Linux. I am writing this as of version Alpha 0.82. This week, save 40% off Planet Explorers on Steam. http://store.steampowered.com/app/237870/ [image1] The graphics are beautiful: [image4] I had ...

17. Upgrade Home Desktop Computer, Still Running Linux
I've been musing about getting a faster computer ever since Steam for Linux was released. As mentioned previously, TF2 (Team Fortress 2) was playable on my old computer... but I had to run at a reduced resolution. At about the same time, I was doing some intensive graphics editing in ...

18. Steam and Team Fortress 2 on Linux
The Steam software distribution network and native games are finally available on Linux! I stopped gaming a few years back when my dual-booted install of Windows crapped out. I decided I wasn't going to re-install Microsoft Windows again. I started spending time doing a lot of things other than playing ...

19. Specify QUERY_STRING to PHP CLI
Thanks to an ancient http://PHP.net comment (http://www.php.net/manual/en/features....php#26201) and a Joomla! forum post (http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php...3#p1318363), I was able to figure out how to run a Joomla php script from the command line and specify query parameters *without* having to modify any of the PHP code to parse the arguments / options. Most ...

20. Cluster SSH
ClusterSSH is a nice tool for manipulating multiple *nix machines simultaneously. For example, if I want to run some commands on two Linux machines named server1 and server2, I could: # cssh server1 server2 And I will get two xterm windows that I can control simultaneously by typing into the ...

21. GatorLUG Codeslinger Programming Contest - Fall 2011
This week I participated in a programming contest hosted by the local Linux User Group, the GatorLUG. The contest was sponsored by a local Gainesville company, Main Street Softworks, who make the Monetra payment processing software. Contestants received these really nice t-shirts:

22. Upgrading to PHP 5.3 on CentOS 5.x
I ran into a dependency issue trying to upgrade a particular PHP application to the latest version. Geeklog 1.8.0 requires PHP 5.2 or higher. The default PHP packages in Centos 5.x are apparently based on the older PHP 5.1 branch. To upgrade php, just remove php and install the specific ...

23. Shuttle XPC Glamor replacement power supply
A few weeks ago the power supply died in my Shuttle Glamor XPC SN78SH7 HTPC / home server. The small Shuttle came with a 300 Watt power supply and since I have two hard drives and tend to run the server day and night, I decided to go ahead and ...

24. Hacker Run Swag
In April I participated in the Hacker Run, a "Distributed Organized Sport" (DOS) sponsored by Rapid7 (the commercial metasploit people), PaulDotCom, and The Hacker Academy. From the Hacker Run wiki: "Together we can push each other to compete, improve fitness, to lose weight, and relieve the stress of hacker life. ...

25. LSI MegaRAID - megacli
I recently gained my first experience with the infamous MegaCli command line configuration utility for LSI-based RAID controllers. This utility apparently also works on re-branded LSI cards from Dell (certain PERC cards) and other vendors. Our New servers from iXsystems included LSI 9260 MegaRAID adapters. These servers run FreeBSD and ...

26. Why I switched to the Google Chrome web ...
I have a netbook. It is slow. Firefox has a tendency to stall... just doing nothing apparent... on this computer. This tendency is most apparent on sites using javascript such as Facebook, Google Docs, etc. I tried Google Chrome and it does not have this issue. On my slower computers ...

27. Proprietary Software
Dealing with proprietary software (especially buggy proprietary software, proprietary software where the company has disappeared and released no source code, proprietary software where the company has just decided to kill off the product for marketing reasons and released no source code, proprietary software licensing, proprietary software license key activation, difficult ...

28. Linux Home Theater PC - HTPC
Our digital media collection was ready to exceed the disk space of the old home file server. For the past few years I used a small, quiet, low-power PC to function as the home file server, print server, and staging/Intranet web server. This machine was powered by a Via C3 ...

29. irssi + dtach + Droid + ConnectBot to ...
My favorite IRC client is "irssi" because it only requires a shell / terminal window to run. I can leave it running on a reliable machine and logged into the IRC network for long periods of time. Staying logged into IRC allows me to catch up on recent activity in ...

30. Serial Console Settings for IBM pSeries RS/6000
I like to document things that seem to be harder to find on the Internet than expected. One such piece of information I needed the other day was the connection information for a serial console connection to an IBM pSeries server. Step 1: Dig around in your server room storage ...


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