2017 Entries

2017, in games
Posted by Hristos T. on 2017-12-31, under the category Random
Tag: review

Normally I wouldn't bother writing a piece about games because I don't play enough of them to comment on the state of what's out now. If it isn't called "Morrowind", chances are I won't be playing it much. But with all that being said this year I have managed ...

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2017, in music
Posted by Hristos T. on 2017-12-30, under the category Music
Tag: review

For me, 2017 has been an utterly fantastic year for music. Not just the new albums that've been released that are rocking my world, but the whole current of sound I've experienced throughout the year. It's been a year of musical reawakening for me, getting back into the "Metal" genre after many many years of being a casual observer and fan. If you're like me, music is more than just a way to fill time or whatever. It's that for sure but also something more, something that goes higher... At any rate, join me as I reflect on the musical year of 2017!

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No keys by default
Posted by Hristos T. on 2017-12-07, under the category GNU/Linux

I've recently decided to stick an SSD into an old Thinkpad T61 I have in an effort to make using it less painful. With a spinning disk, the age of the CPU really showed, but with an SSD it's back to being a total joy to use. This machine ...

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A terminal feature I never knew I wanted
Posted by Hristos T. on 2017-12-03, under the category GNU/Linux
Tag: workflow

For a very long time, maybe close to eight years, I've used terminator as my terminal emulator. Based on gnome-terminal but offering features like split panes and more, it was easy to use, looked and worked well, and was widely available. The pane splitting was really a driver ...

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Using GUI Emacs as an editor for ansible-vault with fish-shell
Posted by Hristos T. on 2017-11-23, under the category Emacs
Tags: fish, ansible

If you didn't know, ansible-vault is a nifty tool that lets you encrypt things for use with Ansible. For some reason that I've not yet discovered, ansible-vault doesn't care if you've set EDITOR /usr/bin/emacs in your fish.config. To work around this, I use the following alias function:

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