I recently backed up and restored my main home server so I could reinstall it, and ran into an issue with the user and group IDs having changed -- which made restoring more complicated.

A writeup on the small script I wrote to fix the situation: brainonfire.net/blog/2020/12/2

Of note: It was very, very useful to have backed up /etc/passwd and /etc/group along with the user data!

About a quarter of the page visible on load and four clicks to clear out the banners. What is this nonsense.


Hahaha. I was just sitting here, wondering if it would become a thing (like LMGTFY) and, sure enough, someone did it. πŸ˜‚

RT @DevuanOrg@twitter.com: We salute the news of abandoning to roll out its own init system. If in need, we'll be happy to help on anything we can t.co/Pku0lAf8ws

@kev are you seriously surprised that gnome devs remove useful features?

Why is the number one reason why developers lose their mind always the build system? Cmake, Maven.. they all suck so much!

Let's hope my bot will survive 😁

RT @xkcd: This comic won't exist in the archives. NOTHING IS REAL.


Joe calls Bob on the phone

Joe: I have an opinion.

Bob: Interesting, I disagree with your opinion.

Joe: WHAT!?! You're a bad person! -I'm going to call the phone company and have them block *every* single person with your area code from calling or texting *every* single person from MY area code!

Bob: What? Won't the affect literally thousands of people who have nothing to do with this conversation?

Joe: Yes. but... you made me angry😑

Bob: uh... ok ❓

Cool shell tool of the day: "paste". Its use cases might be limited, but if you need to merge to files line by line with a certain delimiter, boy does it come in handy.. πŸ˜€

Tech Support: A Limerick

You have a few problems computing,
And call them for help troubleshooting.
"I'm sorry" they say,
As you start to pray,
"But have you attempted rebooting?"


#2180 "Spreadsheets" 

My brother once asked me if there was a function to produce a calendar grid from a list of dates in Google Sheets. I replied with a single-cell formula that took in a list of dates and outputted a calendar. It used SEQUENCE(), REGEXMATCH(), and a double-nested ARRAYFORMULA(), and it locked up the browser for 15 seconds every time it ran. I think he learned a lot about asking me things.

A question to all BSD users. How do you get work done? In all seriousness, what do you do to run good software for work? Most good software is only available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

#2178 "Expiration Date High Score" 

"Wait, we've MOVED since 2010. How on Earth did--" "Look, some of us were just born to be champions."

#2176 "How Hacking Works" 

If only somebody had warned them that the world would roll them like this.

Install they said. It'll be fun they said.
Well yeah, until you need software from this century.. Where is my PHP >7.0?

It seems everyone praises USB-C because it's reversible, but that's nothing new. It used to be standard back in the day of the barrel jack. You could plug it in no matter what orientation.

Except of course if you had the wrong size, or - even worse - a power supply where the polarity was reversed 😁

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