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Tenma72-2540 Linux serial control

I daily work with a DC power supply to run different boards and prototypes. One day, plugging in the power supply I realized there was a USB and a COM port!
It is not correct from a tinkerer’s to avoid this option. So this day ended up with a small Python program (also golang, but that’s a different story) to use this feature.

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Git config

Lots of us use git in a daily basis, myself included. We can say a lot of git, but I would not say that it is intuitive, or that it has nice shortcuts. Similar to what happens with VIM, over the course of some years and some jobs I collected a small list of git configurations that I find very comfortable to work with.

Damn! I failed again, no posts on summer 😀

List of configs

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Vectorize an image using Inkscape

And now, for something completely different.

For a coming event we want to use logos from different bars and cafes around the block. The idea is to do a little of propaganda: banners, t-shirts, mugs all the way!

Some bars have their fancy logos already as a vector image. Other ones don’t even have a computer where the logo is stored.

In this post we’ll see how to create a vector file from a pixmap (jpg, png, whatever raster format that Inkscape can open). With a couple of examples, a graceful one and a crazy one.

There’s a lot of manuals online for this, an in-depth one with good examples can be found in Tavmjong Bah’s website.

vectorizing!

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XLS to CSV

A common situation for us (people in the programming/computing/processing world) is that we don’t always work with the same tools as some of our non-tech peers.

Case in point, I received a big bunch of files in XLS/XLSX format, very big files, LibreOffice has trouble working with them. Since I want to perform quick processing on that data, and I already have scripts that process similar data in CSV, the simplest path is to transform those files to plain, ugly, useful CSV files.

Then again, there are 100 files, and I don’t feel like dancing around each one: opening, clicking save as, selecting CSV, telling LibreOffice that this is a semicolon separated CSV file … etc etc.

Entering pandas.

continue please

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DuckDuckGo Things

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Heya. This is a light post about a the search engine DuckDuckGo.

Day to day we (I) use Google to search stuff. There’s a lot of alternatives, but the most appealing one is DuckDuckGo. This search engine combines a good set of results, it does not track you (so they say), and has a set of special features. I want to highlight some of its features here. Unluckily nobody paid me to do so 😛

The Duck’s features

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Logitech Trackman in Linux

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A simple post on how to configure a Logitech Trackman Marble on GNU/Linux. This post is tested on Ubuntu but since this is Xorg configuration it should be usable almost everywhere.

Configure it

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