Announcing the Metal on Metal Preservation Project

Later this year, for the 35th anniversary of the Metal on Metal radio show, I will, finally by great demand, release anvil.sh, a special version of the program I created to record and archive it. This special release is explicitly designed for the Raspberry Pi computer, and Amazon Lightsail Ubuntu server instances.   To go along …

The Bitscope, Linux and the Python

The Bitscope DSO program can save files of the read data in a simple CSV format.  There are many easy ways to handle those files. In the manual, they describe how to import them into MS Excel, they also talk about the limitations of Excel, which really isn’t the best tool for this job. However, …

Using LVM To Upgrade a Disk In a Linux System

Using LVM to upgrade a disk in a Linux system is very easy, assuming everything is set up correctly ahead of time. The way my Linux system is configured, I have / and /boot on a SSD not using LVM.  I have swap, /var, and /home on a spinning platter drive, configured with LVM.  I …

How Tall is My Flagpole Anyway?

Using the method used by Thales to find the height of the Cheops pyramid eons ago, you can find the height of anything that the sun casts a shadow of.  Oddly, it seems that few people I know know this trick. I’m pretty sure I learned it in 6th grade geometry, maybe I taught it …

Downloading your data from both Facebook and Google

Iv’e been backing up my Facebook data for years this way, and since I’ve recently started using Google more, I decided it was time to start backing up that data too.  Of course, even if you don’t care about backups, you might still be interested in what they actually have one you, this will give …

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