Setting up a headless torrent daemon in FreeBSD en

By drm on Wednesday 14 April 2010 19:46 - Comments (11)
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I have FreeBSD running as a home server for a while now. One of the things I wanted the server to take care of is downloading torrents, so I could shut down my PC whenever I am downloading stuff.

With transmission-daemon (net-p2p/transmission-daemon from ports) this is really simple.

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VirtualBox is more free than you might think en

By drm on Friday 5 February 2010 00:35 - Comments (14)
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I read a post today at the Zend Framework general mailinglist from Ralf Eggert, having trouble with Internet Explorer 6. As all of us developers know, IE6 is trouble.

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bash: Getting started, finally... en

By drm on Thursday 24 December 2009 10:15 - Comments (6)
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I've found bash scripting to be one of the gems I (re)discovered this year. When you're like me, you like to automate stuff. There's of course loads of scripting languages available to get it done, but frankly, using bash for lots of filesystem and/or configuration related tasks makes more sense than for example PHP or Python.

Here are some pointers to get you on track. As always feel free to ask questions.

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Don't fear the MySQL geekness! en

By drm on Monday 2 November 2009 21:43 - Comments (7)
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I have quite often seen people wrestle with easy problems. The trouble is, they don't really know the ins and outs of systems they work with. Very few times this was unresolvable by a bit more knowledge of how the software is used at a very basic, low level.

The most basic example of this is MySQL. Lots of people don't really learn SQL, they just get some GUI tool that does the "thinking" (mind the air-quotes) and generate all ALTER and CREATE queries for them in case of a structural change in the database. For productivity, this is fine, sure. However, if the availability of these tools is for some reason jeopardized, becoming somewhat helpless is inevitable.

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How to get a FreeBSD web development box running as a Virtual Machine in Windows en

By drm on Sunday 12 July 2009 22:10 - Comments (10)
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Why this tutorial?

I want best of both worlds. I want a development server, running on a Windows machine. I am sure I'm not the first to come to this conclusion. Many developers out there go for Mac OS X or Ubuntu systems. I don't want that. I want PhotoShop, not GIMP, I want to run any given Windows game or app at any time, so there it is. I also don't want to bother with Windows-specifics for MySQL, PHP, Apache, Python, because the apps are usually going on a Linux or BSD system anyway.

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