Lat week I got a fancy new printer. I was trying to find something that will work for years and years so I shopped around for a couple of days. The shopping experience was pretty painful. It’s very difficult to find whether a printer is actually supported in Linux before buying it and trying it …

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Today I wanted to make some yummy apple puff pastry, so I turned my laptop on to put up a recipe and.. the screen blipped and went off. This machine (an IBM x40) was so old that I wasn’t at all surprised. The laptop went with me through school (when I rode bicycles and buses …

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Do you remember the first time someone told you about fork()/exec() for Linux? Do you remember beeing completely confused? I do, and it’s an ongoing pain in the ass for me – every time I want to call something simple without blocking and without worrying about pipes or the structure of exec()/execl()/execlp() parameters, or the …

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Check this out: andrew@littlesvr:~$ uptime 00:20:16 up 730 days, 15:13,  1 user,  load average: 0.57, 0.22, 0.11 At 4AM this morning it was 730 days, that’s exactly two years! The server would have been up for about 6 years if I didn’t decide once to upgrade the hardware, once to upgrade Slackware, and once to …

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just finished my master’s so I’m allowed to quote Wikipedia again :) In 2008 WorldDMB adopted APNG as a backward compatible extension to enable animation as part of the MOT SlideShow user application for Digital Radio. “APNG 1.0 Specification – Animated Portable Network Graphics” is included as normative Annex A in the ETSI standard TS …

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APNG has very slowly (but steadily) gaining popularity. One of the recent things I was told about is the current list of most popular ideas Ubuntu Brainstorm: APNG Support. I’ll put a screenshot here for posterity: That’s pretty cool. The thing that makes me feel best is the overwhelming positive votes. Looking at the rest …

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Suspend and hibernate have been a sad story on Linux for a very long time. Typically the hardware makers are blamed, saying “oh they all do it differently none of it’s documented”. That may be true but it’s a bunch of horseshit anyway – hardly any of the hardware that works at all or perfectly …

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