Archives for August, 2007

Omitting Certain Commands from zsh’s History


I use pwsafe to store passwords on Ubuntu. It’s a *nix command line port of Counterpane’s Password Safe which uses twofish to store passwords in a database file. You can find it in the Ubuntu universe repository. If someone somehow managed to get ahold of my shell’s history file, they’d get a lot of juicy [...]

Determining who acted in two known films


Have you ever seen someone in a movie and thought to yourself “Hey, weren’t they in movie Y too?” This happened to me last night when I was watching ”Casino”. The parking lot attendant from a certain scene looked just like a character from ”Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”. To the *nix shell, Robin!</Bruce [...]

Daft Punk at Keyspan Park


I just got back from a long weekend which included seeing Daft Punk at Coney Island and camping with my Dad and Grandpa in Old Forge in the Adirondacks. On Thursday at Noon I jumped on a Jet Blue flight bound for JFK. One hour and one hundred dollars later I was waiting at JFK [...]

On metasyntactic variables


While perusing some Python documentation, I came across some example text: “foo, bar, bletch”. Catchy. Maybe even better than “foo, bar, baz”. Turns out that there’s an entire Wikipedia article on the subject. Curious what other people have used, I consulted Google Sets and asked for a small set. Click “enlarge set” for some outstanding [...]