Python SAR (sysstat) parsing module (pre) released

And now something completely different and as unexpected as the Spanish inquisition! Another release of Python module to PyPi and GitHub.

This time it’s a SAR (sysstat service) log file parser. If you are a UNIX/linux sysadmin and not sure what SAR is, head on here, and here for introduction on the subject. Continue reading “Python SAR (sysstat) parsing module (pre) released”

Tip: very rudimentary session management in Vim

Edit: As it usually goes, I’ve realized I might want to work on this some more. So, the rudimentary sessions is now a Vim bundle, available on GitHub: https://github.com/casastorta/vim-rudimentary-sessions

My development tools are basically split into 3 categories:

  • Eclipse for big projects,
  • Sublime Text 2, for most of the open source projects and smaller job projects,
  • Vim for “shotgun-development“, when I need to do something quickly and immediately.

That being said, through the years, I’ve got to get used to Eclipse way of handling projects (in terms of keeping record of project files and project specific configurations on the filesystem). Eclipse creates
.project
file inside base directory of your project where everything related to the project is kept. I find it useful, because I don’t have to think extra of what to include in backup process. :-)

So today I pretty much expect every editor I use on part-time basis to be able to store project/session data in similar way. Sublime does it – although it doesn’t come with built-in centralized project repository, when you save main project file and project workspace file, they can be saved pretty much anywhere. I tend to keep them in project’s directory (with obligatory entries for
*.sublime-*
in .gitignore/.hgignore of course!). Continue reading “Tip: very rudimentary session management in Vim”

HP 8560p: Gobi 3000, qcserial and GobiSerial blues…

Last year, our company has purchased HP Elitebook 8560p laptops in order for them to replace our aging old desktop replacement laptops. Since we are running exclusively on Linux (and sometimes Solaris, even as a home computer operating system :)), company is faced with eternal inner battle – wether it should buy laptops with preinstalled Windows OS or FreeDOS. Since we don’t want to throw good software away, we usually pick models with FreeDOS alternative available (HP seems not to sell linux-preloaded laptops in Croatia, if anywhere). So this model seemed like a perfect match for our needs – powerful hardware, very hip and up-to-date industrial design of its case more than slightly (but not enough for HP to get sued for that) resembling Macbook Pros, also delivers internal 3G modem interface so we can do our job on the road…

But, of course, there are problems. Continue reading “HP 8560p: Gobi 3000, qcserial and GobiSerial blues…”