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This website is composed of information connected through taxonomy. It is simultaneously a proof-of-concept and a means to allow Agaric to share and store information both within the collective and the world as part of our open documentation philosophy.

Set login name to use for SSH per host

As a completely hypothetical example, suppose you boneheadly thought it would be nice to standardize your local login name to something different than on some existing servers.

You want standard scripts that assume current username to work— you wrote them to share, after all. So how to make this work?

Something like this in your ~/.ssh/config file (create and chmod 600 if it doesn't exist already) will work:

Host agaric-test
Hostname test.example.org
User bmelanco

Installing Ubuntu 13.10 on an Asus Zenbook UX301

If you have an Ubuntu installation CD made from an ISO you downloaded from Ubuntu.com, you'll notice quickly that your slim, shimmering, featherweight personal computer has no DVD drive. While this might be the only time you'll want to use the DVD drive, this is a time you want to use the DVD drive. But never fear! There are other ways. Mostly, that means following these directions:

Install Claws Mail on Ubuntu

How to install Claws Mail, "the user-friendly, lightweight, and fast e-mail client" on Ubuntu:

Seeing donor information on WePay

This is not a technical post— simply how to navigate the WePay site to see the e-mail addresses of who has donated to you. It is not intuitive.

First log in.

If you have more than one account, they are all listed. Select the one that you are interested in.

Press the full-line link about donations pointed to here:

Then press the tab called Donors pointed to here:

Open Letter to Amazon: Don't make your e-mails look like phishing attempts

Dear Amazon,

You have my name. Use my name. You put a bar on top of Amazon.com when i'm logged in (and you always keep me logged in), so why not provide instructions to the trusted amazon.com domain rather than the slightly dodgy looking affiliate-program subdomain. And finally, just get my information from your NSA contacts (and contracts). Thank you,

benjamin

P.S. What i'm trying to say is don't send an e-mail that looks exactly like this (this is completely unredacted):

Hello,

Ubuntu 13.10 includes an upgrade to Apache 2.4 that has major gotchas

That is, this update will break your sites.

The main breaking changes:

Troubleshooting ssh connections problem

Micky found this which was key to debugging our connection problem— one way to watch what is happening with the SSH connection attempt is by opening a port just for this use on the server:

sudo /usr/sbin/sshd -d -p 2222

Then from the client:

ssh -vv -p 2222 example.com

Per http://www.unixlore.net/articles/troubleshooting-ssh-connections.html

Python dictionary objects do not allow accessing of values with dot notation

Documenting this because it's the kind of frustrating mistake to solve that could drive someone away from Python entirely, yet it'll be a mistake i'll probably never make again and would be able to solve in seconds if i do.

A dictionary, or 'dict', must be accessed with bracket notation. Unlike JavaScript, dot notation is not an option for dicts.

This works:

Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults

"We text-messaged people five times per day for two-weeks to examine how Facebook use influences the two components of subjective well-being: how people feel moment-to-moment and how satisfied they are with their lives. Our results indicate that Facebook use predicts negative shifts on both of these variables over time. The more people used Facebook at one time point, the worse they felt the next time we text-messaged them; the more they used Facebook over two-weeks, the more their life satisfaction levels declined over time."