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Handling network mounts on a very mobile laptop?

I have a laptop that travels with me to work as well as being used at home. I have a number of network CIFS mounts that I like to have available when I am at home, so I have them set to "auto" in /etc/fstab. [...] The problem is that when I shift locations, I need proper handling of those network mounts.

Handling network mounts on a very mobile laptop.


ArchFS is a FUSE (user-space, so it does not require a special kernel module, other than the FUSE kernel module) file system on top of rdiff-backup (an incremental backup tool). It allows you to mount a rdiff-backup repository and then provides an easy way to maneuver through the various revisions in that repository.

Software Bashing

We started a new site where we can vent our rage on all things sucky about software:

Software Bashing: We hate software. With a passion:

Fact: All software sucks. We're here to show you exactly why, and just how much it truly sucks. We don't discriminate against vendor or development model; all software sucks. We are relentless. We show no mercy. If the software exists, we will find its suckage, no matter how much it leverages synergetic business potential. Be prepared.

Hopefully we can reach some software authors and make them see the light. If not, at least I was able significantly reduce my blood pressure through the site.

TCP performance

Here's an interesting article on trying to understand TCP performance. It discusses how the TCP flow-control window (receive buffer), window scaling, selective ACKs and some other TCP features/options affect your link's speed. Of course it's only a tiny fraction of the total picture that is link performance, but it's an interesting read.

There's also a webpage which inspects the TCP options your browser sends and calculates it's maximum theoretical speed.

Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice

Talks Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice:

Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

How Democracy works…

Here's a good example of how democracy works:

NASA Christens Space Station Treadmill 'COLBERT'.

Terminator – Splitting Terminal Emulator

I use terminals a lot. Some years ago, there was a terminal emulator called Gnome-multi-terminal, which could be split horizontally and vertically, and thus giving optimum workspace usage when using many terminals. Gnome-multi-terminal wasn't being maintained anymore (or at least not regularly) and started displaying some buggy behaviour in newer versions of Debian and Ubuntu.

I've searched for a replacement for a long time, but was never able to find one. Now I finally have: Terminator.

Here's a screenshot:


Frustration-Free Packaging

Amazon has a Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging initiative:

The Frustration-Free Package (on the left) is recyclable and comes without excess packaging materials such as hard plastic clamshell casings, plastic bindings, and wire ties. It's designed to be opened without the use of a box cutter or knife and will protect your product just as well as traditional packaging (on the right).

I hate the plastic clamshell casings. They're a terribly waste of natural resources for no good reason at all. And, like Amazon already says, they're frustrating. More companies should start doing Frustration-Free packaging. Sometimes I feel like I'm paying twiice as much money for the packaging than I am for the product itself. An USB key and headphones do not need 500 grams of plastic.

Rokers zijn sexy (Dutch)

Want laten we eerlijk zijn, rokers hebben humor. Rokers hebben stijl. Rokers zijn sexy motherfuckers. Na het neuken rook je samen bezweet een sigaret in bed. Niet-rokers aaien samen een kat.

Beste.. column.. ooit: Rokers zijn sexy

George Carlin is dead.

George Carlin, an American Stand-up comedian (though I would rather classify him as a political speaker) died. Here's an excerpt from one of his acts on American politics:

Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out.

If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here – like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There's a nice campaign slogan for somebody: 'The Public Sucks. Fuck Hope'.

Because if it really is just the fault of these politicians, then where are all the other bright people of conscience? Where are all the bright, intelligent americans ready to step in and save the nation and lead the way? We don't have people like that in this country. Everybody's at the mall, scratching his ass and picking his nose and getting his creditcard out of his fanny-pack to buy a pair of sneakers with lights in them! So I have solved this little political dilemma for myself in a very simple way. On election day, I stay home! I don't vote! Fuck 'm!

Fuck 'm! I don't vote. Two reasons: First of all, it's meaningless. This country was bought and sold and payed for a long time ago. The shit they shovel around every four years? (mimics masturbation) Doesn't mean a fucking thing. And secondly I don't vote because I believe if you vote, you have no right to complain. People like to twist that around, I know. "If you don't vote you have no right to complain", but where's the logic in that? If you vote and you elect dishonest, incompetent people, they get into office and screw everything up, well, you are responsible for what they have done. You caused the problem, you voted them in. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote? Who, in fact, did not even leave the house on election day, am in no way responsible for what these people have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you people created and that I have nothing to do with. I know that later on this year you're gonna have another one of those really swell elections that you like so much. You enjoy yourselves, it'll be a lot of fun, and I'm sure as soon as the election is over your country will improve immediately.

Now go and watch all his video's on YouTube The man knew what he was talking about.