Category Archives: Linux

Forgotten Features

The ancient wizards who defined the ASCII standard knew what they were doing. ASCII for those who have not come across it, is the standard means of encoding mainly textual data as a stream of 7- or 8-bit bytes┬╣ for … Continue reading

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WSL is a Game Changer

Why did we (developers) flock to Macbooks? Even if using platform-agnostic languages and/or writing applications that would run on servers, we wanted portable Unix workstations with a high build quality and none of the hardware compatibility issues that come with … Continue reading

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I have been having a play with some cloud stuff recently, as hinted at in my last post, and have put together some nice Python objects wrapping APIs/command-line tools so I can do things like: VBox is just my local … Continue reading

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So, how was 2014 for me, in tech at least? Pretty good. It has been quite an interesting experience adapting to an all-proprietary tech stack (database, language, IDE, job scheduler) but I feel I am finally getting a grip on … Continue reading

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HOWTO: Install Oracle 12c on Debian Wheezy

I can confirm that the previous post basically works too for the installation of Oracle 12c on 64-bit Debian 7.1/Wheezy, with the following modifications. Using lib64 for the library symlinks: And the following changes to $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/ The bug requiring the … Continue reading

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HOWTO: Install Oracle 11gR2 on Debian Wheezy

Oracle 11gR2 on Debian still isn’t an officially supported configuration (10g XE was for a while), but it is perfectly do-able with a little cajoling. Here I am starting with a fresh installation of Debian 7.1 in a VirtualBox VM, … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi: Who is it really for?

There is a lot of discussion on the Internet today about the Raspberry Pi. This is a project over which I am deeply ambiguous. On the one hand, exposure to computing at an early age was enormously influential on my … Continue reading

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