Category Archives: computers

Linux Desktop Rebuild Checklist 2 – Web Dev Tools

Following Linux Desktop Rebuild Checklist 1 Sublime Text I’m a Sublime Text convert. Official docs are sparse, but there are great unofficial (community) docs for Sublime Text. It’s quite easy to install on Ubuntu/Kubuntu via webupd8. LiveReload Change a file in your project … Continue reading

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Linux Desktop Rebuild Checklist 1 – Base System

Install via Unetbootin (I’m using Kubuntu these days) Fix monitors (important to do before next step) Install synergy Add synergy to startup (see http://askubuntu.com/questions/15212/start-synergy-on-boot) Connect to NAS Additional repositories Additional codecs, fonts, tools, etc. Install Chromium and extensions: Adblock Plus, … Continue reading

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Network Traffic on Ubuntu 12.04 vs Fedora 17

Recently, I started obsessing over network traffic on my (recently upgraded) Ubuntu 12.04 system.  This is what it looked like, with only a few user processes (just chromium and synergyc). I could never pin down a process that was causing … Continue reading

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What’s Causing that Network Traffic on Linux?

I noticed some periodic network traffic on my Ubuntu 12.04 box. Naturally, I wonder what was polling like that… Then I realized netstat -ap  will tell me the process using a port, but just doesn’t provide enough info to figure … Continue reading

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G-code tools

Links for further investigation: ShopBot Command Reference dxf2gcode program MCAD tools via Twin Cities Makers GCODE tools via Twin Cities Makers (great info!) RS274NGC G-Code Programming Basics EMC (Linux CNC controller software and good reference) List of free CNC-related software

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ShopBot CNC at the TechShop

I took the ShopBot CAD/CAM and SBU at the TechShop on Sunday. Here are too few pictures of the fun. I really wanted to build a box with tabs and slots, but was rightly convinced to scale back my expectations … Continue reading

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In Yahoo! Pipes how can I return a single value from a loop that’s built with values from every item?

For example, I have a list of items and each item has a name. I want to build a single string that contains a comma-separated list of all the names. In most programming languages, I would loop over the items … Continue reading

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