One of the most commonly used but not well understood by everyone is the export shell command. The way most of the users know about it is through installation instructions of many softwares which require environment variables to be set. The command export TERM=xterm means that the environment variable TERM is available to any other program, or more suitably, any process that is started from that shell after the variable is set. [Continue]
Today, 28th Feb is celebrated as the National Science Day in India. Unlike other days which celebrate either political, historical or religious events, this one marks the discovery of Raman Effect, by C.V.Raman. Unfortunately, today’s education system has best highlighted science as a subject where one can score good marks in exams. [Continue]
I am a command line fan! I use the terminal for working with files and directories. The directory stack tools – pushd, popd and dirs are superstars compared to what we get from the modern file managers. [Continue]
I am frequently asked by some WordPress users if they should categorize both in the parent and the child categories. Lot of people do it so that the parent category gets listed in the the_category() call for that post. In my opinion, there is no point in categorizing in the parent category if it is aimed for the child category. [Continue]
Xfce has been my darling for quite some time now. Along with being extremely customizable, it can be quite light on resources and hence efficient on older hardware. Unfortunately, most of the users seem to read this as Xfce is good only for the older machines. [Continue]
The Creative Commons licenses are a great way to ensure that others are legally authorized to reuse our work. But being licenses, they still talk Greek for the common man’ unless someone simplifies them for you in a comic strip. And while we are on the topic, make sure you do pick a license.
WHATWG has a great comic timing. While W3C is bolder with 5, WHATWG is throwing it out (courtesy Waqas). While there are all kinds of accusations flying around, I think WHATWG is doing what is right for developing the specification and W3C is doing what is what is right for publishing the standard. [Continue]