Sortiq - sort, uniq, sort

This is a small snippet I find extremely useful. You should have it in your ~/.bashrc:

sortiq() { sort | uniq -c | sort -rn ; }

It will count the instances of each line, sorting them from most common to least common.

What is this for

It answers the question "How much of each ...

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Driven by anger - my modus machinor

modus machinor - my adjustment of "modus operandi" for "engineering"

I recently noticed that I'm doing engineering work out of anger.
However, it seems like I'm doing a good job, so I thought I'd share my method, which I worked hard on.
You might recognize yourself in some ...

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Populating a NetworkX graph with a scanner

I had a graph living outside Pythonland (a commit tree with dependencies) and wanted to do graphy things to it. To do that, I first had to put the data into a NetworkX graph. I wrote this code bit to discover a graph-like structure and put into a NetworkX (or ...

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Getting Magent Links from Deluge

My latest weekend-hack is a plugin that shows the magnet link for a torrent entry


I had something torrented a long time ago, and a friend asked me for the torrent.
However, I haven't kept the original .torrent file, she was tech-oriented enough so I can give her ...

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Prettify HTML pages with BeautifulSoup

The story

Today I wrote some HTML page by hand (my new homepage).
I then used this script to make the HTML code nicer:

The script

This requires the BeautifulSoup module for python

#!/usr/bin/env python

import sys
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup

def bs_file(filename):
    with open(filename, 'r ...
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My tips on Getting a Job

A lot of people (>3) asked me in the last month or so about how to land a first job after leaving the army / graduating from university, so I thought I'd write a post about it.
I think this post will mainly be helpful for those who look for ...

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Keeping Windows Awake (with PowerShell)

The story

I got a new game on Steam and got set to downloading it.
For some reason, Steam and Windows have decided that it's better to save some electricity and put my computer to sleep, rather than finish my game.
Today I discovered that instead of playing my ...

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Chef "Share This" script

I wrote this little script to upload the current cookbook to the Chef Supermarket.
It should be run from within the cookbook's directory.

knife cookbook site share -o ../ $(basename $(realpath .)) -c ~/.chef/knife-supermarket.rb

Where my supermarket config is as simple as:


Interesting ...

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Dry Run for Python Pip

As I wrote some time ago, I started my own python cookbook for Chef because I didn't like the direction the "default" one was going.
I recently added a new feature that I wanted to talk about. I called it smart_install in the cookbook, but it's actually a ...

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Some Jenkins helpers for Chef

I've decided to share some code I use in Chef to pull some data and files from Jenkins


This is a helper class, in charge of getting build-related data

# slasher_development/libraries/jenkins_query.rb

module SlasherDevelopment
  class JenkinsQuery
    def initialize(server,user,password,job)
      @scheme='https' # Modify if needed ...
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