Dave Bucklin

Turning the Wheel

Reading this HBR article reminded me that although so much of what I do is computer-assisted, the fundamental task of keeping things moving, what I call turning the wheel, is a practice that requires discipline. And some tools.

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Using GNU Recutils to Track Car Maintenance History

I have an older car that needs regular maintenance. My maintenance history is stored on a pile of crumpled papers in the glovebox. This makes it hard to get a holistic picture of my car’s maintenance history. It’s good to know what you’ve had done when the service department is making recommendations.

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Casual Programming at Work for Fun and Profit

The thought of countless office workers slaving over spreadsheets and performing mindless work makes me sad. These machines that I love were supposed to free us from menial labor. Instead, there are people out there copying something from one spreadsheet and pasting it into another, over and over, ad nauseum. It’s because the tools are incomplete, a consequence of trying to tie every conceivable operation to a button on the screen.

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On Using a News Server to Host Discussions

I share a BSD VPS with some local hackers. I would like some kind of bulletin board to facilitate asynchronous conversations among users of the system. One solution to this, a solution that currently exists and suits my needs, is an network news (NNTP) server. NNTP is the protocol that underpins USENET.

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Email as an Application Interface

I’ve long wondered how an application that uses email as its interface might be built. I got all the clues I needed after setting up Postfix and Mailman on my VPS.

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