Making a GitHub repository of a Python project, you are likely to have a bunch of the compiled Python files included too. These are useless – they are produced at runtime if needed – and clutter up the repo. There is an easy way to get rid of them after you realise your mistake. The […]
With some rearrangement of the lab computers, I had plenty of cause to use the Migration Assistant in recent times. It’s usually a smooth process, but I have noticed some flakiness recently. The most reliable way to transfer files has typically been to make a direct ethernet connection between the machines. Because the Mac automatically handles crossover, you […]
We use a cluster at the BESSY synchrotron to process data using XDSApp. However, upgrading to macOS Sierra stopped this dead. Logging in to the remote host was fine, but no XDS App appeared. Confounding. The answer is that Sierra moved a component that is involved in X11 window forwarding. The X Window server (ah, SGI) […]
I resuscitated an old PC, one that I built from parts some years ago. Totally dead until I realised one of the RAM chips had come loose, probably during moving the machine. I guess I was not respectful enough of the Gigabyte motherboard. I knew the DVD drive was non-functional, so I found a […]
I’m no fan of Windows. But, because some software I have to use (to control laboratory instruments) can only run under Windows, I’m forced to use and maintain machines running Windows 7. It’s not so bad. Seems relatively stable. Doesn’t need too much work. Terrible at many things, ugly, lacking features, yes. But tolerable. But […]
Why is El Capitan hiding from me?
I think they already got feedback.