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Posted by yaarg on Mon 18 Feb 2008 at 10:40
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I suppose this is really quite a general question, but it would be good to maybe get a discussion going on this.

These days there's a definite urge to virtualise everything - the advantages are clear, but I can't help wondering if it's always appropriate to do so. Some people, for example, think it's a good idea to put every service into its own container so that you have your BIND in one container, your Apache in another, and so on, but isn't there significant overhead in this approach? Even if you're not bothered about creating self-contained services like this, do you put everything in a virtual instance these days just because it makes backup easier perhaps? If you were running a production website on a dedicated machine would you virtualise it even?



Posted by yaarg on Mon 22 May 2006 at 22:08
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You know what really gets my goat? It's the whole argument of some $distro_of_the_moment has better hardware support than Debian thing. People really need to learn what the kernel does and exactly what their distro is actually doing for them. Now I do realise that some distros do have better hardware detection. But even that's just too subjective and thus I believe a bit of a superficial argument.

But I guess that's really because I don't really rely on auto detection stuff at all. Typically the first thing I do when I'm setting up a new machine is wget the kernel sources from (and things like nvidia drivers) and apt-get install the relevant packages in another screen session and compile a new kernel.


Posted by yaarg on Mon 15 May 2006 at 16:53
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Does anyone use 'password safe' software and care to make a recommendation?

I figured it's about time I got serious about online security and started using different passwords for every site I use and to additionally keep track of every site I sign up for in the first place. I know this feature is available within in Firefox but I'd prefer a standlone and more robust solution (can use it for keeping things like ssh login details too).




Posted by yaarg on Tue 27 Dec 2005 at 21:27
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XDM's default Debian theme is really quite ugly right? I mean that background is just horrible. It doesn't do much for Debian's reputation for being a little bit arcane either. So I went to work recently on making a little bit more pretty. And found that the actual login dialog can be customized in the file /etc/X11/xdm/Xresources and the background can be set by creating a file /etc/X11/xdm/Xsetup and running an appropriate command i.e. xsetroot -solid grey30. I started trying to make the actual dialog pretty but quickly got bored. Thankfully even just setting the background colour makes thing a lot nicer imo. Just a little note.


Posted by yaarg on Thu 1 Dec 2005 at 20:07
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I've fallen in love with emacs recently, after taking the time to learn how to use properly and now I typically have emacs open for the entire time I'm using my computer. With Ion's app script, I simple need to press the windows key + e to jump to whether it may be.

One thing that I haven't found a solution for yet though, is how I edit a root owned file from an already open emacs? At the moment, I switch to an xterm and open it up with 'sudo vim' but it would be nice if there was a "open this next buffer with sudo" command?