Bookmarks for 23rd January 2013

These are my saved Pinboard links for 23rd January 2013:

  • Quotes : Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronics and kits – The random quote in the sidebar is randomly chosen from this list.
  • Detox // ShaunInman.com – This is an intervention. Detox is a tiny Safari extension that automatically expands shortened t.co links on the Twitter site (third-party desktop app users are out of luck, sorry should see the 1.1 update below).

    Ever wonder why links you find via Twitter don’t show up in your browser history and aren’t suggested by autocomplete in the url bar? The t.co link shortener serves known browser user agents an HTML page containing a JavaScript or meta refresh redirect (instead of the standard Location header) so that Twitter can stake itself out as the referrer when coming from third-party clients. This confuses Safari.

    Stats are cool and all but only when they don’t break the experience for your users.

  • GITLAB: Self Hosted Git Management Application – A fast, secure and stable solution based on Rails & Gitolite.
  • Kill -9 does not work – Noah.org – You are supposed to be able to kill any process with `kill -9 [PID]`, but you may come across a process that can't be killed. Usually this happens when you are trying to kill a <defunct> process. These are processes that are dead and have exited, but they remain as zombies in the process list. The kernel keeps them in the process list until the parent proces retrieves the exit status code by calling the wait() system call. This does not usually happen with daemon processes because they detach themselves from their parent process and are adopted by the init process (PID=1) which will automatically call wait() to clear them out of the process list. You may sometimes see the daemon defunct PID in the process list for a brief moment before it gets cleaned up by the init process. You don't have to worry about these. You can also end up with an unkillable process if a process is stuck waiting for the kernel to finish something. This usually happens when the kernel is waiting for I/O. Where you see this most often is with network filesystems such as NFS and SaMBa that have disconnected uncleanly. This also happens when a drive fails or if someone unplugs a cable to a mounted drive. If the device had a memmapped file or was used for swap then you may be really screwed. Any kernel calls that flush IO may hang forever waiting for the device to respond.
  • Blueberry drop scones – Have two of these tasty fruit scones as a snack.

    •  low in fat  

    Preparation time:
    10 minutes
    Cooking time:
    20 minutes
    Total time:
    30 minutes
    Makes:
     20

  • Whole Wheat Pitas, Made at Home – There’s just something about making something completely from scratch that indescribably satisfies the at-home chef. While I've made my share of kitchen disasters, what keeps me cooking is the prideful moments of success — like when I made homemade cannoli for the first time, or when a friend and I created our own Limoncello from scratch. Making your own bread definitely creates one of those moments in the kitchen when you really feel like you've accomplished something great. Pita bread is the perfect start in homemade bread-making. After making these pita pockets, you'll be moving on to homemade challah and braided sweet rolls in no time!
  • HandBrakeBatch – OSOMac – HandBrake is in my opinion the best video converter available today; I have been using for a long time, and every time I try a different application I am regularly disappointed. The only problem with HandBrake (on the Mac at least) is the lack of a real batch mode: the queue management is great, but you have to select the source files one by one.

    Here comes HandBrakeBatch: a fully independent application which uses HandBrake video converter under the hood, and allows you to drag & drop a bunch of files at the same time, and convert them using any of the default HandBrake presets. With version 2.0, I have added the most requested feature: support for multiple audio languages and subtitles. Custom presets defined in HandBrake are fully supported as well.

  • Jalapeno & Cheese Cornbread | Total Greek Yoghurt – Cornbread can incorporate a variety of ingredients, but this one has been made with cheese and spicy jalapenos.

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