Linux pagers: less is more

When you are on the Linux command line and you want to view the contents of a file, you can use the less program. less is a newer pager program that replaces the older pager program, more. Hence the joke: less is more.

less is new and improved, so in almost all cases it will be preferred over more (maybe there will sometimes be compatibility issues with very old programs, or shell scripts, in which case more will be used).

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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe vs. the Dakota Access Pipeline: Donations and Funds Raised

srst-crowdwiseAs of Nov. 24, 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux have raised $164,315 via their CrowdWise fundraiser. While the detailed data is not readily accessible, I was able to extract information from the scroller and determine the sample mean of $68.30. Raw data follows. I am sure it is only a subset of the total contribution data (probably the most recent 100 donations). Some of the amounts are not given — these are not included in the sample mean calculation:

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Not Gandalf

But you’d be forgiven for thinking so.

It is Alexander Grothendieck (1928-2014), who was a famous mathematician in the area of algebraic geometry. Born in Berlin, his father was Alexander “Sascha” Schapiro (aka Sascha Tanaroff), an anarchist and descendent of bourgeois Hasids from Novozybkov, Russia, near the modern-day borders with Belarus and Ukraine. Grothendieck’s mother was Johanna “Hanka” Grothenieck, also an anarchist and a descendant of middle-class German Protestants from Hamburg. 

Grothendieck survived the Second World War and entered academia as a mathematician, making significant contributions in the area of algebraic geometry. He eventually became convinced that mathematics was immoral, and descended into a madness of religious passion. One presumes that the photograph above is from this later period. 

Via Cliff Pickover on Twitter

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Playing DVDs on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

DVDs did not play out of the box on my Ubuntu Desktop 16.04 LTS machine. I was able to fix this by doing the following.

First, entered the command:

$ sudo apt install libdvd-pkg

After the package and dependencies finished downloading and installing, it launched a short guided prompt sequence. I answered yes to all prompts — the only one really worth paying attention to was a choice to have the thing automatically update itself. It sounded like it has to build itself from source every time or something, so I guess it is a little non-standard in this regard. The prompts then told me to run the following command, which I did:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg

This popped up another little pseudo-graphical terminal prompt screen which, if I recall correctly, just asked me if I wanted to install the thing, which I answered in the affirmative.

After I completed these steps, all was well and I can now play the two DVDs I have tested without any problems.

I discovered this fix via a page on the Ubuntu wiki, RestrictedFormats/PlayingDVDs. According to the wiki, the actual software package that does the work is called libdvdcss2, and the libdvd-pkg package is a convenience package that makes the install easier.

Non-breaking hyphens in Microsoft Word

I’ve encountered a weird little use case for non-breaking hyphens in Microsoft Word, and I have found the way to do it at this blog entry at Allen Wyatt’s Word Tips: Ctrl+Shift+- (or Ctrl+_).

word-symbols

The non-breaking hyphen is used to keep a hyphenated phrase together across a line break. So, for example, the phrase “non-breaking” when occurring at the end of a line would not do this:

non-
breaking

Curated lists on Github

There are a large number of list repositories on Github spanning dozens of subjects. There is a sort of in-joke in the naming convention: they are for the most part named “awesome-{topic}” e.g. awesome-sysadmin. Someone (bayandin) on Github totally beat me to this, but here’s a partial list (unfortunately in no particular order at this time):

sysadmin
python
awesomeness 
java 
node.js 
javascript
tools of the trade
iOS
shell
vim and tmux
ruby
android
android (JStumpp)
big data
php
swift
swift (Wolg)
react
courses
electron
go
data science
svg
flask
machine learning
.NET
front-end development
public datasets
vue.js
django
R
web performance optimization
algorithms
tensorflow
elixir
images
computer vision
networking
mac OS
npm
working remotely
rails
C (not github)
MaterialDesign (google UI visual design philosophy)
UI motion library animations
emacs
READMEs
interview questions
REST
bioinformatics, machine learning, data science, related languages
security
application security
hacking
sci-fi
rust
windows
talks
natural language processing (NLP)
swift education
nodejs (vndmtrx)
internet of things (IoT)
opengl
information security (infosec)

Installing Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu 16.04 using dpkg

Yesterday I posted a note about manually installing the Atom editor on Ubuntu 16.04 using dpkg. A friend recommended that I try out Visual Studio Code for Python development, and I was pleased to discover that it is available in a .deb package for install on Linux. I used the same command to install the VS Code .deb:

foo@manchoo:~/Downloads$ sudo dpkg -i code_1.4.0-1470329130_amd64.deb 
[sudo] password for foo: 
Selecting previously unselected package code.
(Reading database ... 303742 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack code_1.4.0-1470329130_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking code (1.4.0-1470329130) ...
Setting up code (1.4.0-1470329130) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-6ubuntu3) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu5) ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.3~bzr0+16.04.20160415-0ubuntu1) ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.59ubuntu1) ...
foo@manchoo:~/Downloads$ 

 

Using dpkg to install a local .deb file

The Atom editor is not available via the Ubuntu software repository (i.e. via the apt tool), so it has to be installed by downloading the .deb file (e.g. atom-amd64.deb) and then manually installing. I have had some trouble with the Ubuntu GUI software manager, Ubuntu Software (I am running Ubuntu 16.04) so I prefer the command line when possible.

In order to “manually” install the .deb file I referred to this superuser.com entry, which worked perfectly. My terminal session, from the directory containing the .deb file:

foomanchoo@foomanchoopc:~$ sudo dpkg -i atom-amd64.deb
Selecting previously unselected package atom.
(Reading database ... 299299 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack atom-amd64.deb ...
Unpacking atom (1.9.8) ...
Setting up atom (1.9.8) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-6ubuntu3) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu5) ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.3~bzr0+16.04.20160415-0ubuntu1) ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.59ubuntu1) ...
foomanchoo@foomanchoopc:~$

And that’s it. No dependencies, it just installed. See also this unix.stackexchange entry.