Email is a spectacular failure

As the kids say “epic fail.” I’ll start with that so that hopefully my highly radioactive core of curmudgeon doesn’t shine through quite as brightly. Now I’ll tell you a bunch of stuff you already know. Email works like this: A user fires up an email client and composes an email and clicks “Send.” The …

Be yourself, even when you’re root

Ever run a command only to realize you’re not root but need to be? Of course you have. What if that command was long and painful to create? There’s no reason, Dude, to not have access to your bash history even after becoming root vi ‘su’. function su () { local SUUSER=root local ORIGU=$USER local …

A couple of things that are sort of about Linux

First and foremost, I have no idea what scrollkeeper is or does, but whatever it’s doing: it’s doing it wrong. I installed a couple of boxes yesterday that had modest hardware and they each spent several minutes running scrollkeeper-update at the end of the install and then they both got to run it again when …