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Linux. Expect the unexpected.

Posted 03-22-2009 at 05:39 PM by AGer (Void cries or bashing time)

I ran a speed microtest from the Net. Since I cannot understand the results, I should blog and forget.

As of writing, the microtest is at It is like an object orientation overhead test. I ran only Python and Ruby. The numbers are microseconds per iteration. I ran each test 3 times and wrote down the extreme values so that it is possibly to roughly estimate the accuracy.
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Linux is not Windows. Watch your steps.

Posted 03-22-2009 at 04:57 PM by AGer (Void cries or bashing time)

Subj! That is, if you want something done be ready to use the trial and error method. Or, if you think something is working, please double check. This weekend example follows.

Due to the nature of Windows, a development project often presents a choice between screwing up your PC or testing in the "user environment" prepared in a virtual machine. Normally I choose the second option. In this case I have Delphi, MySQL, and the necessary crap installed on a virtual disk and...
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Windows Secrets Touts Puppy Linux...!

Posted 03-22-2009 at 12:48 PM by SrDorothy

As I was reading Windows Secrets today, which I subscribe to since we still use a number of Windows machines, I came across a discussion of Windows 98 on old machines and using it for special purposes--but someone was asking about whether Win 98 supports USB. I immediately thought of Puppy Linux which we are using on an old machine --and here is part of Fred Langa's response (the March 19, 2009 Windows Secrets newsletter):

"If you use old hardware for normal day-to-day tasks...
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Goodbye, Debian.

Posted 03-21-2009 at 08:12 AM by brianL

I've suddenly lost interest in Debian. I'm not saying it's bad, far from it. Just got bored with it, that's all. It doesn't seem to give me the same incentive to learn and experiment that Slackware does. Learning how to write SlackBuild scripts and how to use src2pkg will give me a lot more satisfaction and sense of achievement than simply browsing and clicking through Synaptic, which is what I'd fallen into the habit of doing on Debian.
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Slackware Undocumented 'Well Duh' Quark #2917 - console vim and X11 clipboard

Posted 03-20-2009 at 11:41 PM by lumak (Lumak's Guide to Random Things)
Updated 05-31-2009 at 02:41 PM by lumak

The special registers * and + do not function in console vim in Slackware. Vim has been compiled both with -clipboard and -xterm_clipboard. If you enable GPM, you can shift highlight in console vim to middle click past in any x application. You can also Shift+middle click in console vim to past text from any x application. If you don't want to use the Shift modifier, you can sacrifice mouse functionality and type ":set mouse=r" in normal mode. This issue does not affect gvim.
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