The 'default' Raspberry-Pi image Raspbian comes with a lot of overhead which is mostly not wanted at least in my case. Here is a little aptitude line which gets rid of all the stuff we don't want on our little embedded system like Xorg server, fonts, X Applications, LXDE and so forth. To slim/trim down your Raspbian installation.

sudo apt-get remove --purge x11-common x11-utils x11-xkb-utils x11-xserver-utils \
  xarchiver xauth xkb-data xinit lightdm lightdm-gtk-greeter consolekit \
  libx{composite,cb,cursor,damage,dmcp,ext,font,ft,i,inerama,kbfile,klavier,mu,pm,randr,render,res,t,xf86}* \
  lxde* lx{input,menu-data,panel,polkit,randr,session,session-edit,shortcut,task,terminal} \
  obconf openbox gtk* libgtk* python-pygame python-tk python3-tk scratch tsconf omxplayer squeak-vm \
  penguinspuzzle mupdf netsurf-gtk menu-xdg

sudo apt-get autoremove && sudo apt-get autoclean

boxfs for Ubuntu Precise Quantal ppa

Mon 17 September 2012 by Frank Lazzarini

Do you have a box.com Account. For those who do not know http://www.box.com, it is a cloud storage system just like http://www.dropbox.com but it uses an open standard API called OpenBox API. Domenico Rotiroti wrote a fuse driver called boxfs to mount your ...

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Conky Amarok integration - Show current playing song

Tue 10 July 2012 by Frank Lazzarini

Last weekend, I worked a little bit on a python script that connects via dbus to Amarok, and fetches information of the currently playing track. It also has the feature to copy the cover art to a fix location so you can use it in conky as a static image ...

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Migrate resources depending on ocf:pacemaker:ping RA with Pacemaker

Thu 07 June 2012 by Frank Lazzarini

The job we want to accomplish is quite simple. Let's just say you have two nodes nodeA and nodeB on two different locations which both have a individual gateways. Now let's imagine the following scenario, gatewayA goes down, and resulting in this there is no more internet connectivity ...

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Git visualization with gource

Sun 06 May 2012 by Frank Lazzarini

Are you using git/svn/mercurial/bazaar as version control system and you ever wanted to visualize your work, how the project developed over time well Gource is there to visualize all this in a beautiful way. It takes the history of your svn/git/mercurial/bazaar repository and visualizes ...

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Install Firebird 2.5 onto Ubuntu 10.04 via PPA

Fri 27 April 2012 by Frank Lazzarini

As of Ubuntu 12.04 Firebird 2.5 packages are included in the official repositories, but here I am focusing on installing Firebird 2.5 on older installations with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. So you want to install Firebird 2.5 onto Ubuntu 10.04 without the need to install ...

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Run through folder add files with a certain extension to a list - Python Oneliner

Mon 26 March 2012 by Frank Lazzarini

Here is great Python Oneliner I came across, to put a list of files ending with a certain extension or name to a list, all this in just one line...

import os

list = []
list += [each for each in os.listdir('path/to/files') if each.endswith('.jpg')]
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Gtk using ugly theme in KDE 4.8.1 on Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric

Sun 25 March 2012 by Frank Lazzarini
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I lately updated my laptop with the latest packages and I've got KDE 4.8.1 from the ppa. To my surprise all the gtk apps that I have installed look terrible, with the standard GTK look, apps like firefox/pidgin and so on. The default theme look was ...

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Syncing 8TB with DRBD (what a beauty)

Thu 22 March 2012 by Frank Lazzarini
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Hey all, this is just a screenshot, for all you nerds out there. Syncing 8TB of data with Drbd via a single 1GBps connection, crazy I know, but it was worth the test :)

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Python resize image keeping aspect ratio

Thu 22 March 2012 by Frank Lazzarini

This time I am posting just a little snippet which came in handy with the latest web development I am doing. The problem was to resize an uploaded image on the fly and creating an according thumbnail for that image. For testing purposes I create a script that could be ...

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