May 04, 2021 by Gabe | [mmd] |

I read a lot of technical papers and books. None are as fun as the comic-esque explainers from Wizardzines. Now, Julia Evans has put everything online, including incomplete comics and single topics such as Sort & Uniq

Wizardzines are wonderful little tutorials that don’t just make good references (or posters) but are more succinct than most technical books.

I suggest going all in for a hundred bucks. That gets you all of the completed comics like Bite Size Bash, which is just a lovely overview of a good chunk of Bash.

I'm really thankful for creative smart people like Julia Evans. What a nice contribution to the world.

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  1. Oliver's Introduction to Unix [Link]

    February 25, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    A terrific primer for getting familiar with Unix commands.

  2. The Terminal by Hockenberry [Link]

    September 04, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Craig Hockenberry has a lengthy post up about his favorite things in the Terminal. It's so full of greatness it's hard to pick one tip to highlight. I love this kind of thing because it's helpful and it's written in a unique voice.

    The command line ...

  3. Piping SSH

    August 05, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Here's some tips for file transfer over SSH. Piping through SSH is also useful for streaming output from a command on one machine to a different machine.

    But the biggest shocker to me during my research was that the xkcd forums are actually pretty useful.

  4. Command Line One Liners for Mac [Link]

    December 02, 2013 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    There is never a day that I'm not interested in terminal one-liners. Here's a basic collection for today.

    I think it's by way of Dr. Bunsen

  5. Fundamentals of Bash Scripting [Link]

    June 03, 2013 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Nettuts does a really good job with these mini-tutorials. The latest about bash scripting is true to their record. What makes this one standout is the form. It starts with a premise and works through the increasing complexity step-wise.

    It turns out that 90-99.5% of the candidates for a ...

  6. Command Line Monitoring Tools

    May 07, 2013 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    A nice outline of common unix tools for monitoring resources and processes.1

    1. I originally drafted this post with a link to Nettuts. But it looks like they just ripped off the original. Kind of disappointing. It makes me skeptical of the rest of their work. 

  7. The Checkvist Inbox and Some API Scripts

    November 08, 2012 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I find myself using Checkvist more every day (Previous Post). I'm constantly surprised by how well it works. I've been happily using it for most of my outlining. Recently I started to use it as a sort of Inbox for everything that is not a task. This role ...

  8. Setting the Time Zone in the Bash Profile

    October 30, 2012 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I'm mostly just putting this here for my future-self to find when he forgets.

    Hey, dummy. Set your host's time zone offset by adding this line to your bash profile:

    TZ="/usr/share/zoneinfo/America/New_York"; export TZ

    You're welcome.

    Reference, in case you don't believe ...

  9. Sed One Liners [Link]

    October 11, 2012 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    I suck at sed. I can copy and paste though. Great resource.