Archive for April, 2007

locate your files!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

This is just a quick set of tips about the super-duper-handy locate command at, well, the command line.

First off, it’s called locate. If you don’t have it installed, it may be contained in a package called findutils-locate (a “shout-out” to all my fellow SUSE distro users)

Secondly, to manually update the locate command’s database (it automatically runs each night), you type (as root): updatedb …and wait for a while.

Thirdly, in your shell of choice, alias locate='locate -i' …and you’ll get case-insensitive locate! Combined with grep (especially grep -i; i also happens to be its case-insensitive flag too), you’ll be finding files in your hard drive quite easy from now on…

I use locate all the time, especially whenever I’m looking for a quick path to find a graphic I of which know the filename (or part of a filename). For example:

locate information | grep png | grep 48

Will return something like (depending on your distribution):


Planet Hula theme

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

For anyone interested in the Planet Hula space theme I made a while back, you can grab a tarball of the version of Planet we used which also contains the theme.

I have also made a quick example page too, in case you’d like to remember what it looks like.

Planet Hula thumbnail

Notes: You can use this under the same license as Planet itself, provided you do not use the Hula logo itself nor the Hula name (both are included within, so you’ll need to do some very minor tweaks at the very least). Also, I think I did make a couple of tweaks since this version to make it play a little better on Internet Explorer. Consider this a beta release.

Funny, I shrunk the Jimmac

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Here’s a photo of myself and Jakub Steiner, in Germany, where we (after finding the old towne shrink ray) are demonstrating the difference between 128×128 and 22×22 icons.

(If I have too much more the beer and cheese while here, I might stretch like a SVG icon.)

Photo: Salt Lake morning mist

Monday, April 16th, 2007

It’s been a while since I last posted anything, so here’s a picture from December 2004, taken from Antelope Island while I was on a photo trip in Utah with Ryan Collier.