Fri 30 May 2008

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Tags Cool Python

I love flac files, and I always rip my CDs in EAC - straight to FLAC. The problem is that a couple months ago I was transfering some of my older music to my MacBook and I discovered something awful. The horror known as iTunes doesn't grok Flac. I failed to find a single plugin.

First, I sought to convert my FLACs to ALEs - because it's rad. But I gave up. I finally discovered someone already having written what I wanted - in python - w00t.

flac2mp is an awesome little script. He got it from "ogg 2mp3", and I like it.

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Mon 03 March 2008

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Tags Cool Python

We were messing w/ Postfix and Cyrus IMAPD today. Our prime goal was making a sensical approach to authenticating against a PostgreSQL-based directory. LDAP (OpenLDAP and FDS) based tools sucks for most people. Using native-box-auth is actually quite messy. The mail data cannot be easily associated with the users. You ...

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Wed 09 January 2008

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Turbogears lacks init scripts, and if you use it long enough you will long for them. The Ashbyte crew hacked up something quick and dirty. They aren't much, but they'll save time for Gentoo users.

The main difficulty is the child processes that TG spawns when running with ...

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Wed 19 December 2007

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Tags Cool Python

Everyone needs a decent IP port forwarder, once in a while. Here are three great ones:

  • Thread-based, this is my most frequently used.

  • Async-Core - recently used when the threaded model wouldn't forward an ssh session (???)

  • Pinhole - another threaded implementation.

The Async-core version is clearly the hottest. It runs as ...

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Fri 01 December 2006

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Pacopablo posted a quick example of doing mass-environment changes to Trac sites on Asylumware. Today I used it, and I updated it.

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Tue 28 November 2006

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Tags Cool PostgreSQL Python Security

I hate Apache. I really do. I refuse to vindicate that hatred. There are great aspects about it, but the things I want to do are hampered by things like the sewer-refuse-styled configuration syntax.

I like Nginx. It is fast, simple, and is amazing. It does proxy, reverse proxy, rewrite ...

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Wed 06 September 2006

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Tags Cool Python

My lovely wife has been using Evolution for some time now. We use Gmail lots anymore, but she still has lists and other traffic bound for Evolution on our Cyrus IMAP server. One continuous problem is the crappy filter problems with Evolution.

Cyrus provides a usable solution for this, Sieve ...

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Mon 17 July 2006

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Tags Lamer Moments Python Retarded

Microsoft Exchange, the pithy "message server of the masses". Running atop the 'venerable' Windows 2003 Small Business Server. It calmly neglects everything except it's beloved Outlook. Which in turn neglects everything except it's cancerous host: Windows.

Microsoft Assist (paid) phone support, separated by distance, culture, and of course ...

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Tue 14 February 2006

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Tags Lamer Moments Python

I have used Python to do many things. However, I was debugging some code for a friend and we had the strangest side effect. We were using PyCURL to read a file from a webserver, and save it to disk as part of a wxPython app that he is writing ...

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Tue 14 February 2006

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Tags Cool Python

One of my conspirators, Senior Pacopablo, left a quick guide for me demonstrating the ease of monkeying with Trac environments {en masse}. It's dead useful for situations in which you are making a standard change across a bunch of Trac sites.

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