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Some baby name problems

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No, these aren't homework problems from a computer science class. They're interesting head-scratchers based on a data-analysis project I worked on recently, with the data 'reimagined' here for simplicity but with the underlying problems intact. We'll start with boys and girls, which are text files…

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The State of NVIDIA Optimus on Linux

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For those unaware, NVIDIA Optimus is a technology that allows integrated Intel graphics and a discrete NVIDIA graphics card to be built into the same computer (generally a laptop) and switch between the two on-demand. This same technology is also the cause of Linus Torvalds' infamous "finger"…

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A "Track Changes" script for data cleaning

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The complicated-looking script at the end of this article is in two parts. The first part detects the changes made when a data table is edited, and reports the changes as a plain-text logfile. It's a straightforward bit of shell scripting based on the diff command. The second part of the script…

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Linux, HP and the avoidance of Windows

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Having a TL;DR day? In a nutshell, I just replaced a 2011 HP Mini netbook with a 2014 HP mini-notebook. Both run Linux. Thank you, HP. The netbook I bought a 2011 HP Mini 110-3744TU in early 2012 (specs below). It came with Windows 7 'starter', which I replaced with CrunchBang Linux. The Mini is…

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How to garble

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In 2003 a strange paragraph made the rounds on email. It read: Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, olny taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pcleas. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a…

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DMS to DD to KML with AWK and sed

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In a 2014 Linux Rain article I describe a fast 'points plotter' for Google Earth. First I copy a list of latitude/longitudes (lat/lons) from a spreadsheet to the clipboard, then I launch a shell script with a keyboard shortcut. The script builds a KML file from the copied list and opens the KML for…

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Grouping things with AWK

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In this article I explain one way to group data items with AWK arrays. The code is a little mysterious but the results are impressive, especially in my second example! Case 1: Cricket stats The table 'runs' is tab-separated and lists the 86 national team cricket players who scored (or have so far…

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Building sequences of numbers on the command line

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There are two easy-to-use tools for generating numerical sequences. 'Brace expansion' is a BASH shell built-in, while the seq command is included in the GNU/Linux 'coreutils' package. Each tool has its peculiarities and advantages, as shown below. Simple sequences One difference between the two…

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How to Write Good Software

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Software must be free as in freedom Good software is Free Software. I will avoid using the term "open source" as it doesn't cover a social side at all, which is equally as important, as the technology itself. You can read more about this from here. Widely accepted tools and languages Good software…

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What is Ubuntu Snappy?

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If you're anything like me, you've probably heard about this new thing from Canonical called "Snappy" Ubuntu Core, but at the same time trying to understand exactly what it is may leave you cross-eyed, especially with the buzzwords such as "cloud", "containers" and "apps" floating about. Once you…

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4 step Network bonding / teaming configuration in Linux

This article explains what network bonding is in Linux.

Recent open source hardware trends, from SBCs to servers

At ELC Europe, Intel MinnowBoard SBC evangelist John Hawley surveyed open hardware trends, and their impact on OS-enabled device and system development.

Peek - A Simple Animated Gif Screen Recorder for Linux

FOSSmint: Peek Gif Recorder is the perfect screen capture tool for short and sharp video clips

What to do when people start hacking your culture

When organizational rules exist, people will try to game them.

How To Instantly Share Files And Folders In Arch Linux

Quickserve is a simple http server that allows you to share files quickly between Arch Linux systems and/or other operating systems.

How to create your own Linux Distribution with Yocto on Ubuntu

HowToForge: In this article, our focus is the creation of a minimal Linux distribution using the Yocto project on the Ubuntu platform.

Inxi - A Powerful Feature-Rich Commandline System Information Tool for Linux

tecmint: Inxi is a powerful and remarkable command line-system information script designed for both console and IRC (Internet Relay Chat).

Thanks To Red Hat, India's Biggest Stock Exchange Is Now The World's Fastest

"Red Hat is now our backbone. Our business cannot run if Red Hat is not there." That is India's biggest stock exchange's CEO talking.

RPi-friendly home automation kit adds voice recognition support

 LinuxGizmos: Matrix Labs launched an Indiegogo campaign for "Matrix Voice," a voice input board that works standalone, or in conjunction with a Raspberry Pi or UP SBC.

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Wells, a steampunk run and gun game released for Linux and I took a look, it's not good

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