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Foxygen – “Cosmic Vibrations” (Official Audio)

Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (Patrick Stump Remix)

April 2016 Browser Tab Cleanup

The Last Resort: The Strange Beauty of Soviet Sanatoriums

Maryam Omidi is raising funds for The Last Resort: The Strange Beauty of Soviet Sanatoriums on Kickstarter! A photographic journey into the curious world of the former Soviet Union’s sanatoriums

First Listen: Sturgill Simpson, ‘A Sailor’s Guide To Earth’

What does the man who said “no” do when everyone around him responds with a “yes”? That’s a question Sturgill Simpson had to ask himself upon embarking on his first recordings after his 2014 breakthrough, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music.

Iggy Pop, ‘Sunday’ (Live)

Iggy Pop recently teamed up with Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme to reignite some of Pop’s Berlin-era swagger for his new album, Post Pop Depression. For this special KCRW live session, the iconic punk rocker was in fine form, backed by an all-star band. Watch them perform “Sunday” here.


Mopidy plays music from local disk, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play Music, and more. You edit the playlist from any phone, tablet, or computer using a range of MPD and web clients.


mopidy-mopify – A web client that uses external web services to provide additional features and a more “complete” music experience.

Download 20 of Tom Waits’ Rarest Live Covers

Back in 2006, Tom Waits released an outtakes and rarities compilation called Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards. At 56 tracks, it had a lot – but not nearly everything. So fans dutifully compiled a companion collection of everything left on the cutting room floor, cleverly titled Forgotten Orphans.

Run your own cloud: Installing OwnCloud 9 on Debian 8

OwnCloud offers you the ability to run a cloud storage service that you administer and control yourself. The latest version, ownCloud 9.0, was released on March 8. Let’s look at the process of installing ownCloud 9.0 on a system running Debian Jessie. Begin by installing the supporting software packages.


OpenToonz – Open-source Animation Production Software to Develop and Create ALL Together

This site lets you check the BPM for all your records

Finding the BPMs for all of your records is a laborious task, especially if you’re a vinyl DJ without Traktor or Serato to do the legwork for you. As notes, there’s now an online app to make the process a lot easier.

OwnTracks – Your location companion

Your location companion

12 Most Influential Reads for Software Engineers – As curated by Jason Roell by ProductHunt Books

A collection curated by ProductHunt Books, featuring products like The Art of Computer Programming, The Pragmatic Programmer, Clean Code, Introduction to Alg…

Leadership for Engineers

Learn how to effectively lead in a technology-driven world, define your personal leadership journey, and make your career choices.

Exadata Simulator, 2way RAC + 1 storage cell

To build a more useful simulator for studying, due lack of memory of my laptop, I must create a single cell – single db configuration. But I can try building a 2 way RAC on a single cell and then use just one db node for studying. Let’s start.

Moving Oracle Datafiles to a ZFS Filesystem

Full credit for this tale should go to my colleague Christo Kutrovsky for the inspiration and basic plan involved. We recently migrated a large database from Solaris SPARC to Solaris x86-64. All seemed to go well with the migration, but in the next few weeks, we noticed some I/O issues cropping up.

Python Tutorials – TUTSET

A collection of tutorials about Python, a widely used and powerful programming language.

Learn python in Y Minutes

Python was created by Guido Van Rossum in the early 90s. It is now one of the most popular languages in existence. I fell in love with Python for its syntactic clarity. It’s basically executable pseudocode. Feedback would be highly appreciated!

Pablo by Buffer – Design engaging images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds

Buffer makes it super easy to share any page you’re reading. Keep your Buffer topped up and we automagically share them for you through the day.

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LDOMs (OVM for SPARC) Command line reference [cheat sheet]

LDOMs (OVM for SPARC) Command line reference [cheat sheet], start, stop ldom. Bind, unbind ldoms, List resources, save configurations, add cpu, memory, cpu cores, disks, crypto units, MAU etc to guest ldoms.

ZFS compression: perf, disk-space, and watts. The naked truth. (part 2 of 2) (Solaris and Systems Information for ISVs)

Blogs.Oracle.Com – Solaris and Systems Information for ISVs

How to rebuild the initial ramdisk image in Red Hat Enterprise Linux

How to rebuild the initial ramdisk image in Red Hat Enterprise Linux How to remake or recreate the initrd or initramfs The /etc/lvm/lvm.conf and root file system resides on a logical volume. How to ensure the changes are applied upon rebooting? The /etc/multipath.conf and my root file system resides on a multipath device.


Dear MTN Retentions Department

MTN asked my reasons for moving to prepaid. So I told them.

Good day,

Although my technical experience with MTN has been excellent, I have had numerous problems in a number of other areas, specifically related to contract.

1) Price increase during a contract term.
I signed a contract with MTN to pay a certain price for service for 24 months. Half way during this period MTN then decided to raise the price. This is MTN operating in bad faith.

2) When my contract expired, nobody contacted me to offer any upgrade opportunities. Furthermore, I was made to pay an additional R85 for a lousy 300MB of data, something which previously had been included in my contract price.

3) Billing
The invoice and billing system remains a mess. The “Last 3 months Usage” regularly repeats the month. e.g my “Last 3 months” is Feb, Feb, Jan. Statements are not intuitive. Itemised billing is ridiculously overpriced.

4) Web usability
I have a plethora of different login details for all the MTN related websites. mtn.co.za shop.mtn.co.za mycontract.mtn.co.za all have different login methods and randomly get locked requiring more time to attempt to unlock them. The websites are noisy and do not form a cohesive experience. Functionality is often hidden from the user. Also, massive overlaps of functionality exist which is completely unnecessary.

5) Apps
There are 2 MTN apps for iOS that I have installed on my phone. Both are clunky and poorly designed. They appear to have been created by amateurs. They are more hassle than useful. The one also has some ridiculous USSD verification that one has to go through every time one tries to access the app.

6) Preference to Prepaid
Most specials and reduced rates, data bundles, competitions, MTN Zone, and various other products are targeted specifically at Prepaid customers. Once a customer is locked in a contract, MTN don’t give a damn about them as long as they keep paying. I’ve been a contract customer for around 16 or so years and never felt I was considered more valued than a prepaid customer, which I should be. I can’t use the R200 value included in my contract to buy a data or sms bundle – I’m forced to pay out of bundle rates even when I have an airtime balance of R1000 or more.

7) SMS and Data costs
SMS texting should basically be free – it runs over a control channel and was never supposed to be a paid-for service. Out of bundle contract data prices are still very high on the MTN network. All data should be the same low price. In the United States I paid R400 for unlimited voice, text and data for a month.

8) Net Neutrality
MTN does not support Net Neutrality. I therefore prefer to be on an ad-hoc prepaid account to allow for easier migration to a more Net Neutral competitor should it become necessary.

Please be sure to credit my prepaid account with the remainder of my current airtime, data and sms balance when doing the migration. I have paid for the airtime. It is attached to this SIM/IMEI and I am entitled to it. A failure to do so could be in breach of the consumer protection act.


Bob Moses – Tearing Me Up