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Run cron jobs using screen

Posted 09-28-2012 at 12:02 AM by Skaperen
Updated 11-12-2012 at 06:40 PM by Skaperen

I now run many (and soon to be most) of my cron jobs under the screen program. This is easily done by using the screen options "-dmS" followed by the screen session name to use, followed by the command to be run. This will quickly exit, leaving the command running in the disconnected screen session. This seems to work just fine through cron.

You can do this one of two different ways. The simple way is to specify the screen command in the crontab job file directly. Another...
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Web sites should stop using email for signups

Posted 09-27-2012 at 11:31 AM by Skaperen

Email is so last century. Sure, many people still use it. I do to communicate with family and friends. But this is really out of place for so much other stuff. It just gets polluted with all the signups people have to do. People are now creating alternate email addresses, usually anonymous, for all these signup sites. This is so the real email, if they even have one, does not get polluted.

What good is it to do signups by email?

1. To make sure people only sign...
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Western Digital replaces bricked drive, OK to buy.

Posted 09-06-2012 at 09:20 AM by Skaperen

Buying Western digital drives is back ON. WD has come through, finally, and replaced the bricked drive mentioned in my previous x 2 post here.

http://joeparrie.tumblr.com/post/308...issue-sends-hd

I hope the tech support people at WD get an update about how to handle firmware upgrade issues so they can avoid things like this in the future. New firmware, at least if they recommend it, should be supported for at least as...
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FOSS projects should not use mailing lists for help

Posted 09-04-2012 at 09:58 AM by Skaperen

Mailing lists are fine among a limited group of developers. But this is a bad idea for offering help to refer to a mailing list.

Mailing lists are limiting submissions to their subscribers, or not. These days, no one, not even hard core developers, would want their email box polluted by spammers. So that means no open (anyone can send) mailing lists. But that also means anyone just needing some quick help has to become a subscriber to the mailing list, first. Not only is that a hassle...
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