Editing video without a GUI? Really?

It seems counter intuitive - if ever there was a program in need of a graphical user interface, it’s a non-linear video editing program.

Welcome to the Lazy Bookkeeper

Welcome to the first (and given my laziness, possibly last) installment of the lazy bookkeeper.

I didn't know what ibus was one day ago, now I love it

[See update below.] After over a decade using mutt as my email client, I finally gave up pretending I didn’t want to see pretty pictures in my email and switched to Thunderbird.

Identifying resource hogs

Suppose you manage a multi-user server with wily and unpredictable users running compromisable web sites and email accounts with loads of email.

Which is faster, rsync or rdiff-backup?

Surprise: rdiff-backup (given our particular constraints). As our data grows (and some filesystems balloon to over 800GBs, with many small files) we have started seeing our night time backups continue through the morning, causing serious disk i/o problems as our users wake up and regular usage rises.

Diversity doesn't help the bottom line

A Google software engineer’s sexist screed against diversity has been making the rounds lately.

Procrastinating by tweaking my desktop with devilspie2

Tweaking my desktop seems to be my preferred form of procrastination.

The pain of installing custom ROMs on Android phones

A while back I bought a Nexus 5x. During a three-day ordeal I finally got Omnirom installed - with full disk encryption, root access and some stitched together fake Google Play code that allowed me to run Signal without actually letting Google into my computer.

Certain Days

For those of you thumbing through the last few pages of your 2005 calendar, wondering if your uncle is going to send you another Sierra Club calendar with chipmunks and pine trees, do yourself a favor and get a copy of the Certain Days 2006 Freedom for Policial Prisoners Calendar.

Docker in Debian

It’s not easy getting Docker to work in Debian. It’s not in stable at all: