Stop Skype and PulseAudio from “uncorking” media players

PulseAudio has a neat feature that allows applications to “uncork” media players like Rhythmbox, Banshee, etc when certain events happen. For example: when a call comes in Skype pauses your music so you can answer without fiddling around to pause manually. Unfortunately Skype also deems the “contact coming online” and “contact going offline” events as […]

Replacing cron jobs with systemd timers

systemd has a timer function that can be used to run tasks periodically — yes, like cron. There’s nothing really wrong with cron, but have you ever tried to debug a cron job on a server? The script runs fine from the command line, but nothing seems to happen when it runs from cron. You […]

BRCK in violation of the GPL

Update (2015-05-19): BRCK has responded and put up an open-source compliance page on their website. During a recent meeting of the Nairobi GNU/Linux Users Group we discussed BRCK, the Kenya-based makers of a slick, “rugged”, battery-powered-GSM-router thing of the same name, and their apparent violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL). The lively discussion […]

Simultaneously pushing to two remotes in a git repository

Sometimes you need to push commits to two remotes in a git repository — either for a cheap “backup” of sorts, or for some public / private repository scheme you may have in your organization, etc. Let’s say you have a repository hosted on GitHub and BitBucket (hey, GitHub is king today, but you never […]

Ramping up the Ethiopia LUG

Today I had the pleasure of participating in a rare meeting of the Ethiopia GNU/Linux Users Group at the iceaddis co-working space in Addis Ababa. In all the years I’ve lived in Kenya, and all the times I’ve been to Ethiopia, I’ve never heard anything about Linux or open-source software groups in the community. But […]