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Extending software collections

By: Doran Barton on 2013-10-30 at 15:20:59

Recent Red Hat Developer Blog articles have explained what Software Collections are, what they're good for, and how you can leverage them to easily enhance your development environment leveraging the latest and greatest versions of your favorite programming languages and relational database backends.

But the software collection packages available for each language comprise only a subset of what is available — usually the core and some popular additions. Until that day when repositories have sprung up with all the additional SCL builds of libraries, modules, extensions to your language collection, you'll need to build those yourself.

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Compensating for cpanspec

By: Doran Barton on 2013-03-25 at 23:01:23

The cpanspec utility has been an extremely valuable tool for me over the years, especially over the last few months as I've been working on Software Collections for newer versions of Perl in EL5 and EL6.

However, cpanspec has some drawbacks. Here's a list of some issues off ...

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My blog under attack

By: Doran Barton on 2013-03-24 at 00:51:17

I've been having some issues with my blog site lately. There has been an ongoing distributed attack from multiple IP addresses on the site. I haven't confirmed this for sure, but it seems to be targeting the MovableType platform I'm running, maybe by overwhelming the comment system.

I made the move from a homegrown blogging platform to MovableType several years ago because I felt MT was doing ...

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My blog under attack

By: Doran Barton on 2013-03-24 at 00:50:17

I've been having some issues with my blog site lately. There has been an ongoing distributed attack from multiple IP addresses on the site. I haven't confirmed this for sure, but it seems to be targeting the MovableType platform I'm running, maybe by overwhelming the comment system.

I made the move from a homegrown blogging platform to MovableType several years ago because I felt MT was doing ...

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Enable kmail/kontact as mailto: handler in Firefox (Fedora 17)

By: Doran Barton on 2012-06-27 at 15:29:30

To set up kmail or kontact to handle mailto: links from Firefox in Fedora 17, follow these directions:
  • Go to Edit -> Preferences in Firefox
  • Choose the Applications tab
  • Type mailto in the search entry field to select the specific rule
  • Change the target to Use other...
  • Enter /usr/libexec/kde4/kmailservice as the path to the program to ...

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Using Akonadi to manage Google calendars with KDE's Kontact (or KOrganizer)

By: Doran Barton on 2012-06-07 at 21:47:52

KDE users have had a powerful calendar utility at their disposal for quite a few years with http://userbase.kde.org/KOrganizer which is a component of the http://userbase.kde.org/Kontact.

KOrganizer was built for a long time with the ability to use iCal and vCal data. In recent years, however, http://www....

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Catalyst's 'begin' special action method

By: Doran Barton on 2012-05-26 at 19:23:52

The [http://www.catalystframework.org/](Catalyst Framework) for Perl web development has some powerful special actions that frequently come in very handy when you're building an application, especially one that is heirarchical in nature as most are.

An application I am working on right now provides a list of hash references to the template view for presenting a dynamic crumb trail on the page. ...

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The price of being on the bleeding edge

By: Doran Barton on 2012-05-22 at 11:52:10

A couple of weeks ago was the 2012 Utah Open Source Conference and I was there as a core team member recording video of various sessions. After the conference was over, I began editing and uploading video of sessions to my YouTube channel.

This was going quite well and surprisingly efficiently... until I upgraded [kdenlive](http://...

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A new kind of blogging

By: Doran Barton on 2012-05-21 at 19:05:36

Many blog posts begin with "It's been a long time since I last blogged." While that's certainly true in my case, I've recently come upon some new technology that may increase the frequency of my blog posts: tablet computers.

I recently picked up a used HP Touchpad from a seller on EBay. The tablet was already loaded with Android 2.3.7 alongside the stock WebOS (which is, of course, kind of a ...

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Automounting Samba shares as a user with Fedora 16

By: Doran Barton on 2011-11-26 at 23:47:28

It's been a while since I've blogged anything, let alone anything technical. So, here goes.

I've been making the rounds in our house, upgrading all the desktops to Fedora 16. For the most part, this has been fairly painless. One thing I've noticed, however, is that Fedora 16 changes the default UIDs for new users. In the past, UIDs started at 500. Now they start ...

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ps - It does one thing and it does it many different ways.

By: Doran Barton on 2011-01-27 at 23:48:51

The ps command on Linux/Unix systems (and, yes, that includes Mac OS X) is a command-line utility for displaying information about currently running processes.

Unix has had the ps command for decades, but because Unix has a varied past with contributions from different parties, there are a couple of different camps on ps. It basically boils down to the System V camp and the BSD camp. ...

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Some cool Perl things...

By: Doran Barton on 2010-11-17 at 15:36:43

One of the many advantages of having a software developer job where you're working in a distributed, collaborative development environment is that you get to look at other people's code. What a great way to see examples of coding strategies you've never used before.

For example, today I saw where someone had used the part subroutine provided by [List::MoreUtils](http://search.cpan.org/perldoc?...

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Samsung Epic 4G (Sprint smartphone) - my thoughts

By: Doran Barton on 2010-09-09 at 13:42:03

Size The Epic 4G is bigger and more rectangular than either the Palm Pre or the Palm Centro I had before.

Screen

UI

Battery life The Epic 4G's battery life is significantly better than the Palm Pre. That being said, there are things to watch out for that will quickly suck the life out of the Epic 4G battery:

  • Turning on the 4G radio
  • Running the wireless hotspot app

In cases when ...

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Online porn: Will .xxx make a difference?

By: Doran Barton on 2010-06-28 at 00:13:28

Pornographic website owners will soon have a new top-level domain (TLD) to populate, .xxx, but the TLD comes with a boatload of controversy.

Back in the Iodynamics daze, we wrote about this in one of our quarterly newsletters that was distributed to our clients and posted on our website. In the article, Is .xxx good for the Internet?, ...

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Tricks to getting Fedora 12 and RPMFusion kmod-nvidia playing nice

By: Doran Barton on 2009-12-01 at 23:36:08

There have been a couple things about Fedora 12 that haven't been as nice as I would have liked. I finally solved one of them tonight.

My laptop, a Dell Latitude D830(N), has an NVidia Quadro NVS 140M video chipset in it. Fedora 12 worked out of the box with the open source nouveau driver which is an experimental reverse-engineered driver for NVidia chipsets. It works pretty well and I ...

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