Posts Tagged ‘unix’

On Dennis Ritchie

The past week there has been a ton of recognition for the contributions Steve Jobs had made to computing and society through his work. Steve Jobs was a household name. Dennis Ritchie however was not a household name. Despite this his work was amazingly influential on almost every aspect of our daily lives either directly […]

UNIX Apocalypse

Apparently Unix time/POSIX time will hit a rather impressive 1234567890 in the next few days. What is even more interesting is that this is happening on Friday the 13th, 2009. You can find out when it will happen in your local time by running perl -e ‘print scalar localtime(1234567890),”\n”;’. Just another milestone on the way […]

Compiling RRDtool 1.3.x On Mac OS X

I’ve recently been trying to upgrade RRDtool to 1.3.x as I’ve previously been using 1.2.x. New in 1.3 is moving to Cairo graphics, which is pretty cool and provides much better anti-aliased text. MMAP IO should also help since I run it on an old box. It’s a worthwhile upgrade.

Shell Stats

Since it seems like everyone else on Planet Mozilla is doing it… My twist: multiple systems. Actually I found it interesting too see the variation based on what I use them for. Home $ history | awk ‘{a[$2]++}END{for(i in a){print a[i] ” ” i}}’ | sort -rn | head 114 ls 91 cd 63 sh […]

In Search Of The Epoch Child

The UNIX Epoch is 00:00:00 UTC on January 1, 1970. That’s essentially the beginning of time for UNIX based systems. You know, “In the beginning when Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie created the /usr and the /etc“1. I’m curious if anyone has tracked down someone (preferably a geek) who was born on the Unix Epoch. […]

Background Batch File

I want to run a batch file via Scheduled Tasks in Windows XP. Does anyone know how to run it in the background (without the window)? I don’t want to see the window. Just have it do it’s magic. Crontab like (no crontab ports though, don’t want to add more software). Anyone with info on […]