A New Tech Bubble?

by Louis Marascio on May 25, 2011

The year was 1995. I was working at FlexNet, a local ISP in The Woodlands (a northern suburb of Houston), as a tech support jockey and hack programmer. It was a small company, maybe 10 employees, and was owned by two old business partners who didn’t know much about the Internet but had other successful ventures in insurance and real estate. This was a great time to be involved with the Internet–it was still raw and rough around the edges but compared to today it was “pure”. The Internet still felt like an exclusive destination; something you could do that other people couldn’t. I still fondly remember the looks I used to get when I told other people, disconnected people, about the Internet–one part pity and two parts disgust.

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Comparing Version Strings with Bash

May 20, 2011

This post is part of a series: Bash Tips and Tricks. When I write a “serious” bash script I always try to check my pre-requisites. Is pigz installed? If not, fall back to gzip. Is wget installed? If not, error out. That sort of stuff. One part of this is checking the version of the […]

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Showing a Bash Spinner for Long Running Tasks

February 27, 2011

This post is part of a series: Bash Tips and Tricks. I’ve [mentioned before][wget] that I like to show users of my scripts useful information. This can be a complex progress bar, a simple progress meter, or it can be an animation to let the user know the script hasn’t hung. These animations are typically […]

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Getting More out of Top

February 25, 2011

Ran across this very informative video on using top. I use top like most people, which is to say I almost never touch any of the options. I have recently started to use htop quite a bit as well, since for me it has more sensible defaults and is more useful right out of the […]

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Google’s 2-Step Authentication is Awesome

February 20, 2011

How important is your email account? How much damage can someone cause if they got access to your email? In my opinion, your email account is more important than any single other account you might have. The reason is simple: with access to your email an attacker can access every account you have. All they […]

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Showing File Download Progress Using Wget

February 11, 2011

This post is part of a series: Bash Tips and Tricks. In this inaugural post for the Bash Tips and Tricks series I’ve decided to lead off with a tip that I hacked up as a result of a personal pet peeve of mine: superfluous output to stdout. When I write scripts that must perform […]

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Introducing Bash Tips and Tricks

February 7, 2011

This post is part of a series: Bash Tips and Tricks. I’ve been hacking a lot of Bash lately. Tariten Trading uses Linux end-to-end so I’ve had ample opportunity to scrub off the rust that has accumulated on my shell scripting skills. I’ve decided to write an irregular series highlighting some of the more interesting […]

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Bringing FITNR Back Online

February 4, 2011
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The control room monkeys have been hard at work for the past several days bringing the site back online. Apparently I did some maintenance on the web server about a month ago and forgot to restart the service. Bit rot set in and various things got out of date and broken. Anyhow, this only came […]

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Risk and Responsibility

March 27, 2010
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There was very long discussion about Fred Wilson’s post on the collateral damage that might be caused by Senator Dodd’s financial overhaul bill. In particular there is language in the bill modifying what an “accredited investor” is, significantly raising the financial bar for people to invest in startups as angel investors. Folks are upset about […]

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