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  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS nodejs npm install generates sudo unable to resolve host error
    12/21/2014 12:38PM
    In attempting to install grunt under Ubuntu 14.04 I kept getting the infamous error: **grunt@0.4.5 /home/yml/sudo: unable to resolve host cylon ** However, in my case I had resolved the sudo error some time ago by setting /etc/hosts and /etc/hostname correctly. It turns out that while installing Titanium Appcelerator ... Read Full Article
  • Lubuntu disregarding disabling light locker screen locker settings
    11/01/2014 2:27PM
    It turns out the system wide light locker (Screen locker password prompt after inactivity) setting incorrectly overrides the per-user account one.  Move the system wide one to a backup file: sudo mv /etc/xdg/autostart/light-locker.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart/light-locker.desktop.bak Then make sure the Exec= line is e ... Read Full Article
  • Getting WIFI Wireless to work under Lubuntu 14.40 on a Thinkpad X100E
    10/30/2014 1:02PM
    This represented over an hour of my life. After upgrading to Lubuntu 14.04 LTS on my Lenovo Thinkpad X100E, I was unable to enable the wifi adapter.  In a terminal window "rfkill list" showed that wlan0 was soft-blocked. Enabling it using rfkill did not solve my problem as the UI would continue to show wifi as disabl ... Read Full Article
  • beanstalkd
    09/05/2014 2:39PM
    This is a lightweight fast message  queue implementation with wide language support:  ... Read Full Article
  • Facebook TAO
    09/04/2014 12:46PM
    TAO is a memcache replacement designed by Facebook to handle their social graph queries. It is not open sourced but a paper on it is available.  [https://code.facebook.com/publications/161988287341248/tao-facebook-s-distributed-data-store-for-the-social-graph/ ][1]  Another project is a router front-end to memcached ... Read Full Article
  • YouTube scaling of Mysql Databases using Vitess
    09/03/2014 1:10PM
    I came across this today  which is the open source project released by Google that they use to scale Youtube. This looks like it could be very useful. ... Read Full Article
  • Converting a Physical Server to a Virtual Server using VirtualBox
    08/26/2014 10:20AM
    We had to move the servers back upstairs. Given that vetsclub is very long in the tooth we were afraid it wouldn't come back up. So a a fallback, in case it failed to boot, we decided to create a virtual copy of physical vetsclub. The recipe is pretty straight forward. Because the machine is so old, Duncan pulled the ... Read Full Article
  • A Raspberry Pi Media Server
    06/27/2014 5:19PM
    So for the longest time I've been showing videos and photos on the big TV by copying everything over to a spare USB drive and then plugging it into the PS/3. It works, but it's klunky. What I really wanted to do was set up a generic computer that I could plug directly into the TV and use it to show videos (mostly ... Read Full Article