Author Archives: Stephan Sokolow

Novel – Decision at Doona

While working on another blog post (still to come), I needed a point of comparison, so I decided to re-read one of my old favourites. Decision at Doona by Anne…While working on another blog post (still to come), I needed … Continue reading

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Novel – Mother of Demons

Here’s a book I read on the Baen Free Library ages ago and finally got around to buying and reading in print at the beginning of December. Mother of Demons…Here’s a book I read on the Baen Free Library ages … Continue reading

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A virtualenv indicator that works everywhere

NOTE: While none of the significant elements of this approach require zsh, the formatting syntax and mechanism for updating a prompt dynamically differ between zsh and bash. See the end…NOTE: While none of the significant elements of this approach require … Continue reading

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How to skip the fortune command when your shell is slow to start

A.K.A. How to get and compare timestamps without external commands in shell script (and without even invoking subshells in Zsh) I love the fortune command. It’s a charming little addition…A.K.A. How to get and compare timestamps without external commands in … Continue reading

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On-Demand Loading for your .zshrc or .bashrc

Recently, I’ve been trying to make my coding environment snappier, and one thing I was never happy with was how slow my .zshrc is. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m…Recently, I’ve been trying to make my coding environment snappier, and … Continue reading

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So… What Does Your Government Do With Culture?

So often, asking people about culture is like asking a fish “How’s the water?” (The answer you’ll get is “What’s water?”) but it’s still useful to ask the question and,…So often, asking people about culture is like asking a fish … Continue reading

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Forcing Firefox to Open CBZ Files Properly

If you’ve ever downloaded a .cbz file using Firefox and then tried to click it in the downloads panel, you might have noticed that Firefox ignores the association for the…If you’ve ever downloaded a .cbz file using Firefox and then … Continue reading

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