The Advisory Boar

By Abhijit Menon-Sen <>

Moving to modern Neovim

; updated

I spent an uncharacteristic weekend playing with the latest Neovim features, and found it unexpectedly rewarding.

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Exactly how much physical memory is installed?

I've often wanted to calculate the exact amount of physical memory installed in a system running Linux, and I finally stumbled across a satisfying solution today: look under /sys/devices/system/memory.

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Building Sourcetrail

Here's how I downloaded and built the source code for Sourcetrail and all its dependencies, as a first step towards getting involved in its continued development.

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Nextcloud+OnlyOffice: a self-hosted Google Docs alternative

Running Nextcloud 20 and OnlyOffice 6 is a workable alternative to using Google Docs for collaboration in small, private teams.

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Convos rocks!

Convos is a persistent IRC client that you can use from any browser. After twenty-odd years of running ircII, I've become a happy user of Convos for the past few years.

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Removing obnoxious colours from Slack with Stylus

I have to use Slack at work, and the obnoxious bright colours it uses for people's names in the “Compact” message view have always annoyed me. Today I finally did something to get rid of them.

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“Possible missing firmware…” warnings from update-initramfs

You're installing a new Linux kernel or drivers or some other package that needs to update your initramfs, and you see a message like this:

update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-5.4.0-53-generic
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8125a-3.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168fp-3.fw for module r8169

What does this mean?

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Sourcetrail needs support

Sourcetrail is an open source visualisation tool that helps to understand complex code bases.

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Walking a dog through airport security

Long ago, I somehow convinced the director of airport security to let me take Bertie into the arrivals hall at the Delhi Airport.

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Pumpkin snickerdoodles

An international conspiracy leads to my baking a whimsically named New England cookie for the first time.

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