Why vim was opening markdown files slowly.

A few months back I upgraded my vim configuration to use pathogen for managing my vim plugins. Since adding plugins was now a doddle I found a few lists of “super-duper useful vim plugins you must have” and just installed them blindly. Along the way I also configured how various plugins and the like were configured. This included a one-line change to associate .md files with markdown (by default they associate Modula-2 which I haven’t written code in for 20+ years).

Leo's apology

Leo Sherlock’s apology leaves something to be desired. It’s an image which I think he believes is hard to search for (sorry, search engines do OCR on images) and printed so it’s hard to read.

To help rectify this and offer links to his apology and those affected, I wrote this up. Do feel free to copy and paste all of this and post it far and wide.


Making Go easier

This is just a simple thing, but it makes working in Go’s source tree way easier. Particularly since I use repos from three different sites that start with “git.” In zsh there’s a thing called cdpath with zsh will use to complete a cd command. For the longest time mine was set to cdpath=(~ ~/src) so if I typed cd foo and there wasn’t a foo in the current directory zsh would go look in ~ and then in ~/src.

Supporting Team Future

Step one was to stop sending money to Team Past. So got rid of Sky and will be working on reducing spending on some other utilities. But on a more positive note, I tried to figure out how to spend money on Team Future - people, organisations and companies who support good journalism, civil rights organisations, research, education and entertainment. Private Eye does good investigative journalism in the UK. (subscribe) The Sunday Business Post is one of the remaining indpendent media orgs in Ireland.

Review of Jackie

I hadn’t heard about Jackie before I noticed it in the list of films at the cinema. I had been looking to see if Loving was out and came across this. This review won’t really be spoilery, but obviously if you want to go into the film completely blank I’d skip out now. Just know it’s a really well done film on a tough topic. The film is disconcerting at first because Natalie Portman’s acting is so artificial.

Continuous Integration repo reminders

For a number of projects I work on I pull in third party tools. Sometimes they’re straight copies - that’s what I inherited in some PHP projects I work on. But in others I use git subtree to pull them in. However there’s a problem. I need a way to remind myself to check for updates. And generally I like things related to a project to live in the project. For my home projects I use Gitlab and their CI system.

UUCP mail

I’m doing a bit more open source development and some projects insist on updating code bases on mailing lists with patches. And they generally react badly to html email. Using mutt works best with them. And that’s fine, it’s not too hard to get mutt working with gmail. And you can use pass to pull in the password in your .muttrc like so: password=`pass gmail/acct/mutt` So no need to keep a password resting in cleartext in your homedir.

The Less Scary Guide To Google Authenticator and PAM

Modifying low level authentication is a worrisome thing. If you do it wrong the fear is that you can’t log back in to fix it. So unlike some other guides out there I’ll point out the danger points here and some ideas on how to address them. This is kind of long so a high level overview is this: install client software, install server software, activate server software, generate key, done!

The vcsh write-gitignore command

I’ve been using vcsh for a few months now and am very happy with it. Currently I’m using two repos - a home repo which is really just a continuation of my old mercurial (previously subversion) home dir; and a past repo which is where all my history files are stored. One issue I had was that while vcsh st worked fine, vcsh home st really didn’t - showing me all the files that weren’t tracked by git.

Thanksgiving 2016

A little known fact: Irish Thanksgiving is the Saturday following the American Thanksgiving. The legend goes that after the rather sterile and serious Puritan Thanksgiving a few of the Irish attendees hopped on an Aer Lingus flight back to Ireland a few days later and had a proper dinner and craic. No idea if it’s true or not of course, but sounds plausible. Before filling the feeding troughs this year, I took a stab at some troff and produced a menu for tomorrow’s festivities.