Archive for August, 2009

On the Economy of Light Bulbs

On May 17th, 2003, I bought this compact fluorescent light bulb for $5.99. A couple days ago it finally stopped working, ending it’s 76 month career of generating photons. Advertisements

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Get your motherboard model in Linux

If you ever need to remotely determine the motherboard model of your linux server, try using dmidecode. This dumps the BIOS information, and that will usually yield the motherboard model.


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Even Faster Django Unit Tests

Last year, I wrote about speeding up django unit tests. With this method, I’ve been able to significantly reduce the time it takes to run my unit tests. But I still have a real short attention span. If anything, it’s shorter than it was last year. I also have an additional problem: I tend to […]


Workaround for Subclipse crash

A couple weeks ago I tried to setup Aptana on my Mac, but was quite disappointed to find out that whenever I used Subversion, the JVM would crash. It took a while, but this morning I narrowed down the problem. The JavaHL native client for Subclipse adapter was blowing up the JVM. In retrospect, I […]


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