Always busy. Never bored.

Job hunting process

Updated: July 2018 A little while ago, I was back on the job hunting grind. I was kind of bummed about the whole experience. Something in going through websites, finding a job I’m qualified for and applying for it was bothering me. (I later found it was a lack of a structured system.) A friend suggested “Why don’t you find them all, the way I did when I bought my truck?

xmlrpc and bots

Some time ago, I was told I should give back to the Internet and post some technical musings. As one does, I grabbed some off the shelf software and set up Apache on a little tiny virtual server. Off we went. Some time later, I started getting alarms that the host was not responding or that one of the services had crashed. I’d fix the issue and some time later it would happen again.

Python’s module search path

Upgrading software on an Ubuntu 12.04 machine, I hit a snag. A daemon wouldn’t start. The error log showed the following: 1 2 from util.pystone import pystones ImportError: No module named util.pystone Reading a little, pystone is used in benchmarking and comes with Python 2.7. Yep, it’s there. 1 2 $ ls /usr/lib/python2.7/test __init__.py __init__.pyc pystone.py pystone.pyc regrtest.py regrtest.pyc test_support.py test_support.pyc Strange. Firing up python and importing this from the python prompt failed.

Matt GTD

Update (11/04/2022): About a six months ago, I migrated my knowledge system from Google Drive to Notion. Currently I use Asana for action items and Notion for information and refernce. Update (2/12/2018): I’ve moved away from Todoist toward Asana near the end of 2016. I’d had enough of the crummy keyboard shortcuts. Asana’s are a little less terrible. Update (18/10/2016): I’ve stopped using Evernote in favour of Google Drive. More info on that here.

Key/Value Pair in BASH!?

A few nights ago, I was watching some television, drinking a beer, and skimming some articles on managing one’s unix config files with Git. Most of the articles phone it in. They would get to creating a directory with your config files and symlinking them. Creating those manually!? Ain’t nobody got time for that! My beer buzzing brain figured I should roll up my sleeves and write a little something to manage that.

Entware snmpd

I’m setting up a router which as the option of using entware to extend the functionality. This is great, as I want to have snmpd running on the network device for monitoring and such. After setting up entware, I installed the snmpd package. 1 opkg install snmpd Easy-peasy. Well…not really. No sample config or start scripts are included in the package. Not a huge deal. Just needed to bodge some in place.