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[#] Mon Mar 17 2014 08:08:13 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I feel like I *should* like tiling window managers, but I can't seem to get into them.

[#] Mon Mar 17 2014 11:18:27 EDT from roue @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Give me a black screen and a bunch of terminal windows and I'm happy. I've used FVWM since I started on Slackware 17 years ago. Jeezus, I'm getting old. Anyway, it's been the same .fvwm2rc file with minor tweaks the entire time. It's awesome. None of the desktop environment crap. Essentially a blank screen with shells and a small dock with a clock, pager, cpu/mem/net/battery stats. It's a think of beauty. I used to have a cycling background image that would change every 30 minutes or so via cron, but I've been using it so long and screen resolutions have increased so much since I started that most of the desktop images I've collected over the years now look like postage stamps on an HD display. That, and one photo of a serial cable (artfully) wedged between the cheeks of some RS-232 enthusiast would invariably pop up at an inopportune moment and eventually the risk of that stopped being a cheap thrill. Available upon request. Also, not my cheeks :P

[#] Mon Mar 17 2014 19:54:37 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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hm, yes, fwvm was my first wm too.

I quickly advanced to afterstep, which offered some kind of eye candie; then windowmaker, which was there for quiet a while.

After having tried Ratpoison (YES, I LIKE THAT NAME!!!!111eleven)  for a week or so, a friend of mine showed me ion (in the pre-1 releases) which I liked. I never warmed up with that lua driven crap, and my routines wouldn't work with more recent versions, so I remained with the 0.7 version, which I last compiled successfully when wheezy was terribly unstable.

Then I saw a speech of Michael Stapelberg, Initiator of i3wm.org (meanwhile the ion developer Auke somewhat publicly switched to the Redmond OS) on the FrosCon and liked it.

So now here we are. its modern, well documented, uses library in common which citserver uses - I like it!



[#] Wed Mar 19 2014 23:14:48 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Enlightenment was always my go to favorite.  Love the fact they are still hacking on it after all these years.  Always made me think, this is kinda like flying an alien space ship.  After I was done playing, I did fall back to more simple fvwm and even more simple fvwm95 or something like that.  Turns out I don't need all the fancy bits to get work done.  It was mostly for playing around with strange menu options etc.

On the same plane / tangent:  I did like the interface for killing procs that psdoom had:

http://psdoom.sourceforge.net/

I think more tools should be like that in the sysadmin world.  It would make the day more enjoyable :-)



[#] Wed Mar 26 2014 15:43:03 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The man page for resize2fs(8) is *awesome*

Note: when kilobytes is used above, I mean real, power-of-2 kilobytes,
(i.e., 1024 bytes), which some politically correct folks insist should
be the stupid-sounding ``kibibytes''. The same holds true
for
megabytes, also sometimes known as ``mebibytes'', or gigabytes, as the
amazingly silly ``gibibytes''. Makes you want to gibber, doesn't it?

Whoever invented the stupid names for binary multiples is probably the same person who invented "CE/BCE" and all of the stupid sounding gender-nonspecific pronouns.

[#] Wed Mar 26 2014 16:57:03 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Stupid rounding to save the idjots that can't multiply.



[#] Wed Mar 26 2014 18:54:34 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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I've been playing a little prank... alert threshholds in our admin console are specified in decimal, in *bytes*

So every time a memory alert needs to be changed, I'll whip out the calculator and calculate the decimal value of 512M (power-of-two)...

Makes for some interestingly unreadable values. ;-)

[#] Thu Mar 27 2014 00:48:06 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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If the sysadmin is old enough to remember the inchworm song (and had an 8 bit computer), it would not be unfamiliar ground :-)



[#] Thu Mar 27 2014 07:22:54 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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"What's the square root of 65,536? It's 256!!" (younger generation seems puzzled)

[#] Thu Mar 27 2014 16:08:17 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Whoever invented the stupid names for binary multiples is probably the

same person who invented "CE/BCE" and all of the stupid sounding
gender-nonspecific pronouns.

CE/BCE is a pretty old Jewish construct, indicating "Common Era/Before Common Era" rather than "Before Christ/Anno Domine"...and we Jews would prefer that you leave us out of the whole political correctness discussion, if you please.

We've got enough going on. LOL

[#] Fri Mar 28 2014 07:27:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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With all due respect, CE/BCE is 100% bullshit. If you want to pull Christ out of the Christian calendar, use another calendar with another epoch. I would rather see you use the Jewish calendar and I'll convert to BC/AD if needed.

[#] Fri Mar 28 2014 08:57:36 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Gads.

Imagine having to translate all those epochs in a computer program that's just trying to calculate the current date.

[#] Fri Mar 28 2014 10:02:25 EDT from vince-q @ Cascade Lodge BBS

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Advantage of the Jewish calendar: would have completely sidestepped the "Y2K" nonsense of some years ago.

DisadvantageS of the Jewish calendar:

1) no Christmas Vacation

2) no Easter Vacation

and the biggest disadvantage...

3) thirteen (???) months!

Oh, and there is another advantage -- *all* those Holidays --- yum!!!! (yes - I *love* Jewish food!)



[#] Fri Mar 28 2014 10:59:48 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I would welcome a calendar where the epoch is the beginning of recorded history (4000 to 5000 BC) or perhaps the beginning of estimated human history (150000 to 300000 BC). Or we could just switch to Stardates.

But, if you're going to use a calendar whose epoch is the birth of Christ, there's no getting around calling it the Christian calendar. Words have meanings.
Don't make me get snarky and have Citadel display all dates with years relative to the birth of Hitler, ok?

[#] Fri Mar 28 2014 11:00:32 EDT from Mike Godwin @ Uncensored

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I would *love* that!

[#] Fri Mar 28 2014 11:40:05 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Hmm... Hitler's birth as an epoch... that's interesting...

[#] Fri Mar 28 2014 13:04:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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You may appropriately mark years in the calendar as "BH" (Before Hitler) and "AH" (Anno Hitlerium). (In case you haven't figured it out yet, this *is* a reductio ad absurdum of the "common era" nonsense.)

[#] Fri Mar 28 2014 16:14:18 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I am going to use ZC, zooer's calendar. It begins on my birthday, before that time didn't matter. Every month
has 30 days, at the end of the year with have five catch-up days where everyone gets a vacation. Every four
years there is a mustard day.

We would also switch to a dozenal/duodecimal system.

[#] Fri Mar 28 2014 16:21:41 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I could go with the dozenal/duodecimal system. It would seriously help make arithmetic much easier.

Damn the French.

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