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Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

prog-guru Re:I've used it (806 comments)

Careful, I think they meant it for emergencies only. I haven't use it in years but I don't think this calls all the rc.d stop scripts, nor syncs the disks.

I found the sync disk (alt sysrq s) useful before shutting down a wedged system.

more than 4 years ago
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Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

prog-guru Re:Leave CAPS LOCK ALONE! (806 comments)

It's so you can tell SQL syntax from column names at a glance. Should get into using an ORM instead :P

more than 4 years ago
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Helping Perl Packagers Package Perl

prog-guru Better than ruby/gems (130 comments)

I usually download the tar.gz for a perl module, then it's a simple 'perl Makefile.pl && make && make test'. Install honors DESTDIR, so then I can package it myself, every time. If my distro ever does release an updated module, my package system should pick it up then.

Gems on the other hand, I haven't been able to package at all. Best solution I've seen is Debian, they set up a 'quarantine' under /var/lib/gems, with it's own bin directory and everything, to keep gems away from Debian packaged ruby libs. Then you get to fight with vendoring, config.gem, initializers, etc. I got to the point on one app where I just gave up and copied the libraries into RAILS_ROOT/lib. I sure hope rails 3.0 improves this.

more than 4 years ago
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AT&T Dropping Usenet Netnews; Low-Cost Alternatives?

prog-guru Re:Google Groups or Astraweb (345 comments)

OTOH, I would like USENET posting to allow for mark-up text, such as LaTeX or MathML. That would be very useful.

Or HTML, everyone would *love* that :P

more than 5 years ago
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When Does Powering Down Servers Make Sense?

prog-guru Re:Well... (301 comments)

(My datacenter charges about a buck a VA)

A watt?

more than 4 years ago

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