Linux, Programming, Ruby, Scripting, Web development

How To Build A Ruby Server With RVM On Kubuntu 12.10

So I’m building a Ruby server right now for the first time. I’m going to list out here the resources I used as a skilled web dev to get this up and running right away. These links do assume that you know what you’re doing in the cloud, but if so, they’re the best way to get running fast. http://guides.rubyonrails.org/getting_started.html…

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Android

Vegan Tab with Viewsonic gTablet

I’ve obviously been busy for the last month, and the posts concerning the LadyCoders Kickstarter will appear on the ladycoders.com site. I’d really rather get back to the fun of reviewing a hardware/OS combo. About three weeks ago, I got a used Viewsonic gTablet and flashed Vegan Tab on it. I’ve never had a tablet before, and I was thrilled…

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Hacks, Linux, Programming, Scripting

HOWTO: Always know your home computer’s IP address from anywhere using Dropbox

To always know what your home machine’s IP address is (and while I’ll assume that you’re running Kubuntu, this can be adapted using the following bash script to any machine). Apt-get ‘kcron’. Open Task Scheduler and set the following bash script to run every five minutes: #!/bin/bash J=`wget http://checkip.dyndns.org/ -qO – | grep -Eo ‘\<[[:digit:]]{1,3}(\.[[:digit:]]{1,3}){3}\>’` K=`date` echo “$J $K” >>…

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Gaming, Programming

Third Edition Earthdawn Dice Roller in Java

So, I play an RPG called Earthdawn; it’s a lot like D&D, but for real nerds. One of the things we all do in my gaming group is write our own dice rollers; rolling actual dice is SO passé–and there’s an ongoing argument about whether or not a seeded random is more or less random than the natural flaws in…

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Gaming, Programming

The IDE Wars: NetBeans or Eclipse for Java Software Development

I’ve been working on several applications for a few years; some are ready or released into the wild. I’ve used NetBeans and Eclipse to develop one application in particular; I’ve written an Earthdawn dice roller application. Earthdawn is like Dungeons & Dragons, but for real nerds. The Earthdawn dice system is complex, including a shifting iterated seven-step algorithm for determining…

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Android, Hacks, Linux

How to SSH into your home computer to access media files, documents, processes, or anything else you might need

I wanted access to my home machine so I could access any files I want. Dropbox is pretty awesome, but if you’ve forgotten to put something in your Dropbox folder, you’ll be in deep trouble. (1) Run “sudo apt-get install openssh-server” at the command line. (2) Run “sudo cp /etc/ssh/sshd_config /etc/ssh/sshd_config.original”. This copies your original configuration file for SSH so…

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Linux, Scripting

How to batch scan using Xsane

If you’re like me, you can’t throw important documents away, but there’s no easy way to scan old records, tax documents, and all the crap you’re supposed to save for 7 or 10 years…or however long taxes are supposed to stick around. Unfortunately, batch scanning with Xsane using an ADF (auto document feeder) is not even remotely intuitive. Here’s how…

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