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Some baby name problems

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No, these aren't homework problems from a computer science class. They're interesting head-scratchers based on a data-analysis project I worked on recently, with the data 'reimagined' here for simplicity but with the underlying problems intact. We'll start with boys and girls, which are text files…

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The State of NVIDIA Optimus on Linux

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For those unaware, NVIDIA Optimus is a technology that allows integrated Intel graphics and a discrete NVIDIA graphics card to be built into the same computer (generally a laptop) and switch between the two on-demand. This same technology is also the cause of Linus Torvalds' infamous "finger"…

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A "Track Changes" script for data cleaning

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The complicated-looking script at the end of this article is in two parts. The first part detects the changes made when a data table is edited, and reports the changes as a plain-text logfile. It's a straightforward bit of shell scripting based on the diff command. The second part of the script…

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Linux, HP and the avoidance of Windows

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Having a TL;DR day? In a nutshell, I just replaced a 2011 HP Mini netbook with a 2014 HP mini-notebook. Both run Linux. Thank you, HP. The netbook I bought a 2011 HP Mini 110-3744TU in early 2012 (specs below). It came with Windows 7 'starter', which I replaced with CrunchBang Linux. The Mini is…

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How to garble

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In 2003 a strange paragraph made the rounds on email. It read: Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, olny taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pcleas. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a…

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DMS to DD to KML with AWK and sed

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In a 2014 Linux Rain article I describe a fast 'points plotter' for Google Earth. First I copy a list of latitude/longitudes (lat/lons) from a spreadsheet to the clipboard, then I launch a shell script with a keyboard shortcut. The script builds a KML file from the copied list and opens the KML for…

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Grouping things with AWK

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In this article I explain one way to group data items with AWK arrays. The code is a little mysterious but the results are impressive, especially in my second example! Case 1: Cricket stats The table 'runs' is tab-separated and lists the 86 national team cricket players who scored (or have so far…

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Building sequences of numbers on the command line

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There are two easy-to-use tools for generating numerical sequences. 'Brace expansion' is a BASH shell built-in, while the seq command is included in the GNU/Linux 'coreutils' package. Each tool has its peculiarities and advantages, as shown below. Simple sequences One difference between the two…

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How to Write Good Software

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Software must be free as in freedom Good software is Free Software. I will avoid using the term "open source" as it doesn't cover a social side at all, which is equally as important, as the technology itself. You can read more about this from here. Widely accepted tools and languages Good software…

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What is Ubuntu Snappy?

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If you're anything like me, you've probably heard about this new thing from Canonical called "Snappy" Ubuntu Core, but at the same time trying to understand exactly what it is may leave you cross-eyed, especially with the buzzwords such as "cloud", "containers" and "apps" floating about. Once you…

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Akanda Pledges to Keep SDN Tech for OpenStack Open-Source

EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet: VIDEO: Henrik Rosendahl, CEO of Akanada discusses his company's open-source SDN efforts for OpenStack

How Cisco Enabled Comcast to Be an OpenStack Contributor

VIDEO: Lew Tucker, vice president and CTO of cloud computing at Cisco, discusses his firm's OpenStack efforts, internally and with customers.

Cloud Driving HP's Server Business Forward

Datamation: HP reports its second quarter fiscal 2015 results as the company continues to prepare for its big separation.

Fedora 22 is “Go” for May 26!

Fedora Magazine: That’s right — the bits are heading out the door

Why Do People Contribute to Open Source Projects?

Make Use Off: Open source development is the future of software.

You've come a long way, Inkscape: Open-source Illustrator sneaks up

el Reg: Inkscape recently released version 0.91 of their eponymous open source vector graphics application.

Ubuntu's Shuttleworth's call to arms in open source stirs up controversy

Network World: Some seemingly harmless comments on the state of the open source community were met with debate.

Brillo software from Google for Internet of Things

 ItRunsOnLinux: Google is working on technology that could run on low-powered devices, called Brillo.

How to Install Prestashop with Apache2 + MySQl 5.5 + PHP 5.5 on Ubuntu Server 14.04

 UbuntuServerGuide: Prestashop is an free and open source shopping cart which has many features that make it compatible with any web server

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Time To Give Up On A Linux Version Of The Racer Gas Guzzlers Extreme

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