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.

Version control for ~ (v3.0)

For a long time I used NFS for my home dir. That worked great at home and at work where I’d have a desktop and server. But then I got a laptop and that stopped working. For a while I’d rsync things but then I came across a “version control your home dir” article (this one?) and was hooked.


Docker Versus a Fossil

Docker is essentially “container tooling 2.0” following the 1.0 attempts of LXC. And it now has a number of competitors - including the original LXC project. All of them look interesting and rapid feedback loops are making them better.

Containers themselves aren’t really magical. They’re based on a number of newer namespace services in the Linux kernel. If you’re curious, Julia Evans has written some great pieces on how containers work with Running containers without Docker being a really good starting point.

Her articles show an interest in exploring and learning why things work as they do. A new tool shows up that could be useful and she dissects it to see how it works. A good, positive approach to an industry rapidly changing.


The Yellow Mug

This evening I cleaned up my kitchen. Even seasoned my cast-iron pan with some flax oil I overpaid for today. And I must admit it came out really nice. Yes, I watched about a dozen (two dozen?) YouTube videos on seasoning cast iron pans yesterday evening, what’s your point? Anyway, my clean kitchen. Go me. Feeling rather successful I decided to reward myself with a cup of hot chocolate. Unfortunately that was… not quite so successful.

Fun with tyres

This is from a facebook post on 18/10/2016. It was a rather odd evening.

Just learned a lot of things.


"Do you think she'll win?"

After a lifetime of talking politics, we were kind of ignoring this election. There were other, more immediate concerns. I’m not sure when she first asked, but it was when Bernie seemed to be doing better than the pundits had expected.


Review: Girl With All The Gifts

The Zombie genre has been a bit, well, full the past number of years. But there are still some really interesting stories nestled in amongst the survivalist ammosexual fantasy crud this genre has descended into. Happily this is one of them. Reviewing this without giving bits away is hard. So I’ll say first off that I liked the book. It leaves you wondering what you’d do; whether the right decisions had been made.