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Vim: Mastering your workspace: buffers

In previous articles I’ve thrown out a few simple tips like basic movement, and multi-line edits. Which are both some very basic happy things to make your life in vim better. Today I’d like to tackle things from a different direction. I want to talk to you about truly MASTERING your work space. To do…

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Zsh: the good, the bad…the WTF

As I mentioned in a previous post. I have been wrestling with the idea of ZSH as a replacement the ever glorious BASH. Early results have been promising. ZSH does indeed offer mounds of power and customization, but BOY HOWDY is it NOT an easy thing to get into. With BASH I never felt like…

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Customized Efficiency: Fact or Folly?

As a Sysadmin I exist on a variety of different systems that I don’t always use enough to justify deploying customization files, like vimrc’s, bashrc’s, or other things along those lines. Generally speaking on those systems I only log in when there is a specific task I need to accomplish, and so I don’t have…

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Moving Multiple SVN Repositories

In a perfect world we’d all be using git for our project management. (for those asking why, I won’t dignify that with a response, git is just better, git with the times already. Just kidding, git isn’t BETTER, its just…better.) The problem is, we don’t live in a perfect world. Sometimes, you have to use…

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SSH Key with SSSD/LDAP

DISTRO: RHEL/CentOS VERSION: 6.7 Portability: Should work on any distribution using sssd rather than traditional ldap-client packages. So if you have recently joined the Cool Kids Club of the server admin world, you may now have an awesome LDAP server of your own to handle all your authentication needs. Now, you may be sitting there…

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Snakes, why did it have to be…

The year 2016 is here! *Deep refreshing breath* I love the smell of IT on a fresh year, and this year is no exception. So as I go about my work today, I find a reason to write a script. This leads me of course to the choice of language. I could do a simple…

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More than an editor, A way of life.

Every keyboard cowboy out there has their favorite editor. On the windows side you will hear a few murmured debates between Visual Studio, Eclipse, Notepad++(for the simpler folk) and a few other editors that likely deserve an honorable mention that I cant recall… On the Linux side it often comes down to EMACs and vim….

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Vim: Bust a Move!

Software : VIM Version : 7.4.629 Compatibility : Any Modern Copy of VIM I could go on an epic rant about why vim is the best editor ever (In fact, the first attempt at this article turned into exactly that, and will likely re-surface at a later date in the “Admins Log”) Today though I’d…

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`sed`: A Guide for Mere Mortals: 04

Software : GNU SED Version : 4.2.1 Compatibility : Any Copy of Sed In the previous “Guide for Mere Mortals” we started to delve into some of the “Additional” Functionality sed possesses outside of simple substitution. This time I’m going to focus on a very very VERY specific use case of sed, that will help…

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Building Better Authentication: 01

In Today’s modern world, The Traditional “username + password” authentication scheme has been under heavy attack. Its clear that with how brilliant system Crackers are these day’s (yes, I said Crackers, not hackers. I’m taking the word ‘hacker’ back. Deal with it.) we can’t really stick with using simple password based authentication anymore. No matter…

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