June 2012

HTML Man pages

If you've used UNIX-based systems, you're probably aware of man pages. And you know that they suck.

To make them a little less sucky, I wrote a little shell script called hman which displays a man page as HTML in the browser, rather than forcing you to use less. Here it is, if you'd like such a thing. (You'll need to install man2html via Homebrew).

So, with this, you can run hman bash and get something halfway usable.

Bash Scripting Cheatsheet

These are the half-dozen-or-so things I need to re-learn whenever I have to write a Bash script.

(And yes, I do know that the cool kids use zsh or fish instead of bash. You don't need to point that out to me.)

Good Online Resources

Snippets

My Setup

I'm a fan of The Setup, a website containing interviews with people about the tools they use to do their jobs. It is just "productivity porn", but I find it interesting.

As a tribute, here is my own "interview" for The Setup, using the standard four questions. I don't expect anyone to find this interesting, but writing it up helps me think about what I'm using and why, and it will come in handy the next time I have to set up a new computer.

20 Years Ago

It was 20 years ago this month that I graduated from college and got my first professional programming job. It has me reminiscing about what the computer programming profession was like before the Internet.