Moving to pelican

In the end I was quite disappointed by ikiwiki, which I've used for the first relaunch of the techblog.

Ikiwiki is very simple to use. Create a new file, put content inside, git add and git commit. That's it, the "compiler" is run in the background, and also the upload …

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Raspberry Pi collocation available anew

Edis.at offers anew the Raspberry Pi collocation !

The deal is that you send them a pre-configured Raspberry Pi, and they host it in their datacenter, with a 100Mbit connection to the internet, 100GB monthly traffic included... all this free of charge !

On their website they have some links on …

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Evaluating cherrytree

Well, Zim recently dropped data from notes. I think I traced it down that it didn't save the currently open note I was editing, so that upon shutdown the edits were lost.

Time for a new tool then. I had been evaluating basKet, which turns out to be a nice …

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Configuring multiple mediawiki instances within one file

It's quite common to have multiple mediawiki instances. Not only for different wikis, also one productive wiki, one beta wiki, one test wiki, maybe all of those duplicated between webserver an localhost installations.

So far there are several tricks to handle the multiple configurations. I investigated the solution choosen by …

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User rights management in mediawiki

While playing with the central configuration of mediawiki, I found that the workaround I have used to manage the user's permissions was not working as I would have expected.

Actually, the $wgConf stuff gives preference on true upon false when merging arrays of booleans (special mention is made that this …

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Basket

I recently had a closer look at Microsoft OneNote 2010. Already took a look at it some time (years) ago, didn't convince me. 2010 release seems to be much more the way I expect it to be. Storage of data is still proprietary format of course, but at least it's …

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Ikiwiki and gitolite

Ikiwiki is meant to work with git, and is therefore basically compatible to gitolite.

One issue that pops up however is that files created by the gitolite user are not accessible by the apache webserver. And that's good so ! A bad solution would be to open up file access permissions …

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Mkinitcpio and missing firmware modules

While updating my arch Linux system today, I got following warnings :

        ==> WARNING: Possibly missing firmware for module: aic94xx
        ==> WARNING: Possibly missing firmware for module: bfa

Didn't know that I would need those modules (no Adaptec SAS nor Brocade Fibre Channel hardware). Google quickly revealed that the messages are …

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Incompetent usage of chmod

Once more I came across a script where people were setting access rights using 'chmod -R 777 .' (just saw it as "make sure we have all permissions on this file")

While this is a very pragmatic approach (in fact it fixes every access right issues), it's not the way it …

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Shutting down Qemu guest the correct way

Shutting down a Qemu guest from the command line can be quite easy if qemu was started with the -monitor option (eg : -monitor tcp:127.0.0.1:2023,server,nowait). One simply needs to connect to the port using telnet and issue a 'system_powerdown' command. Internally this will trigger …

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