Tweaking Python programs

If you’re not a Python programmer and you’re trying to customise some Python code, but your changes do not seem to make a difference, then there might be a simple explanation and fix. I recently installed mailnag to regularly check my IMAP mail account and notify me when new mail arrives.  Mailnag is really extensible […]

Logging CRON messages to a different file

Noticed that a lot of the messages in /var/log/syslog are from CRON and anacron?  Would you prefer that they be directed to a different file?  Easy Peasy. I use cron to schedule the execution of a number of programs that perform a variety of tasks (e.g. backups).  By default, Ubuntu 18.04 is configured to log […]

Hmm. We’re having trouble finding that site.

Having problems connecting to sites with browsers like Firefox and Chrome?  Do pages seem to hang with a “Performing TLS Handshake” message at the bottom?  Is it particularly bad if you try to open multiple tabs all at once?  Here’s one reason why that happens, and how to fix it. I do most of my […]

Suppressing messages in /var/log/syslog

Running Ubuntu or some other Linux distro?  Seeing lots of pointless messages in /var/log/syslog?  Want to be able to stop/suppress/filter the entries from a particular program so that they don’t obscure the more important ones?  I’ll show you how. Lots of Linux users peek inside of the logs that accumulate in /var/log/ every-so-often to keep […]

Perl and OpenGL on Ubuntu

Want to write a Perl program that uses OpenGL for graphical output?  Running Ubuntu?  Can’t work out how to install what you need to get even a basic program working?  This is your lucky day.  Read on. Perl is the duct tape of the Internet.  Most folk think you’re restricted to using Perl on the […]

Syntax Highlighting in nano

Trying to edit certain files using nano?  Looking for better syntax highlighting?  Been advised that you can clone a github repo and ‘just’ install it?  Not sure how to proceed?  Read on. The GNU nano text editor is installed on a staggering number of Unix-based systems.  It’s light and friendly.  It’s also smart enough to […]