CMake – a short history

In the Beginning, if you wanted to create an executable application in C, you’d run a program that translated C code to assembly language, run an assembler on the translated code, then run a linker to bundle it all up into an executable file. And it was Good. But it was also annoying after a while, so someone […]

Train Wreck. How nemo-desktop trashed both my local machine and the LAN

For some time now, I’ve been having problems where the power-save (suspend) feature of my desktop system has failed to put the machine to sleep. In some cases, in fact, the entire machine became black-screen unresponsive. Examination of the system logs indicated that the suspend function was failing to freeze a number of tasks, thereby aborting the suspend. […]

The curse of the mad Puppet

I have been working with various things designed to allow me to control the mousetech.com domain assets in a more centralized way. One of them was to try and use Puppet to provision machines. Puppet is a fairly nice tool, but there are some unexpected pitfalls. There are several ways to get puppet on a CentOS 5 server. […]