Jade Bilkey

Transfemale Programmer, Dabbler & Maker

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Caveman Reboot

Reposted from my OPW days

 WARNING: Do your research and make sure you know what you’re doing. The commands found in this article could seriously affect your machine and I print them here with no warranty. I am not responsible for your bricked hardware. The information contained here is for entertainment and historical purposes only. You have been warned.

I, like many other people, enjoy changing the scenery from time to time and working on a laptop. Now, since I work on kernel drivers, I face some unique issues sometimes when working remotely that you just wouldn’t think about when doing application development or web development. One such issue, and the subject of this article is the problem of hanging on reboot.

tl;dr - If you’re unsure whether your machine is going to reboot properly while you’re working remotely, echo as root the characters r, s, u, b separated by a few seconds...

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cp …; ./do; Or how go executables are awesome and portable

Today I finally got around to starting up the small webservices that usually run on my main desktop after a short interruption when my first generation SSD had started corrupting data and dropping inodes every time I powercycled the tower.

It took a while to get my OS (arch linux), environment, database (postgresql), message queue server (rabbitmq) and other sundries up and working. I eventually got around to moving my binary and development files over from my old drive. I started my systemd units and everything looked fine until I wanted to visualize the data that was coming in from the sensor I was harvesting.

$ go run srv.go

I typed, anticipating the visualization suite I’ve been poking at occasionally in a separate project than the harvesting code, which is as close to production as house-level neat code project get. to pop into existance and happily start serving stuff when the...

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Project YAGNI

So I’m working on a personal project and like always I’m struggling with my urge to over-architect the whole project. It’s taken me two weeks to pick a database and stick to it: disk backed Redis then MongoDB then finally PostgreSQL. My discipline is very lacking.

I was ready to write code the moment the idea was in my head but for some reason I just keep seeking tools and libraries for the future that will work perfectly. The problem with that is I’m trying to predict the future needs of my application and that’s a Very Bad Thing. I need to find the simplest thing that works and code that.

My natural instinct when I see a horrible mess of code is to figure out the original intention then rewrite and refactor. Other peoples’ code is an easy target for me to dig into and modify and I enjoy banging my head against things. When I started thinking a bit about this, it came to me that maybe...

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