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Finding and Recovering lost files in Git

One problem in git is that when a user deletes a file accidentally, git acts as though the user intended to do that. The next time the user runs “git commit -a” then the list of transactions will include the … Continue reading

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Oliver Wyman ripoff Alert

I received an email today: Dear Paul, Oliver Wyman is currently conducting a study to learn more about the international travel and study-abroad programs in Higher Education in order to help shape the next generation of products. I would like … Continue reading

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Building a new xfwm4 Debian package: Try it, you’ll like it!

In the askubuntu web forum (http://askubuntu.com/questions/821940/configure-mouse-buttons-in-xfce4), I asked if it is possible to change the behavior of the mouse in response to  Alt-Middle click. Currently, that causes a window to be moved to the bottom of the stack of windows. … Continue reading

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New lifescape panorama

  Today, I was struck by the beauty of the desert on a crystal clear morning. As the panorama below  indicates, there is no apparent sign of life in this seemingly barren, desolate part of the high plains. Only the … Continue reading

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ssh: too many authentication failures

Did you follow along with the instructions to make ssh connections “automatic” and “secure” with your favorite servers by transferring your public keys to the authorizedKeys file an then editing your ~/.ssh/config? The .ssh/config file fills up with entries like … Continue reading

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R’s drop “gotcha” and the diag “curse”

This title is too dramatic. But it is justified. There really is a “drop gotcha” that has crushed my spirits, and the diag “curse” has caused me to lose sleep on many occasions. In 2013, I noticed a problem in … Continue reading

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Ubuntu 14.04 on Dell Ultrabook 6430u

I inherited a Dell ultrabook 6430u from a departing colleague. I would not have chosen this system because the display is somewhat, well, crappy (terrible viewing angles), but I’m making the best of it. This is the first PC I’ve … Continue reading

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Windows MikTeX experience Today/LyX install

The LyX-bundle 2.0.7 install was a thing of beauty. It “Simply Worked” for the most part. I was completely delighted. No stopping to ask the user about whether they want MikTeX, not mysteries. Over the years, I have installed LyX … Continue reading

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Ever run $ ls -la and suffer with a white background and white letters that look invisible? Suffer no more. Ever have a dark terminal and directory names are dark blue or black? Stop gauging your eyes out. Step 1. … Continue reading

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Debian Wheezy Install Notes

Install from netinst disk. Seems OK, but can’t start session using old home directory because that assumed I had compiz available. And XFCE4. Thus I have to do some unusual steps to get them, most users won’t need to bother … Continue reading

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