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Archive for April, 2017

On my reading list: Wait by Why on Elon Musk’s latest venture on neural stuff. 

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/04/27

Very long read so it’s on my list of things to read when I’ve a day or two to digest all of it: There he goes again. Even if you aren’t really interested in Elon Musk’s latest venture, this Wait but Why article is a must read on its own.#waitbutw… – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+


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Programmer Interrupted

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/04/27

Brilliant cartoon by Jason Heeris. Don’t interrupt anyone processing a high cognitive load.

Source: Twitpic – Share photos and videos on Twitter (there is also a [WayBack2-column PDF – of course A4 sized).

I know it’s been around the interwebz dozens of times. It should rinse, repeat dozens of times more.



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OpenSuSE Tumbleweed – when `halt` doesn’t halt, but CLI+HLT the CPU at the end of the shutdown procedure

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/04/26

When halt is not a real halt but a suspend of the CPU.

When halt is not a real halt but a “disabling” of the CPU.


Don’t use halt, use poweroff instead.

A while ago I wrote about OpenSuSE 12.x not halting after a halt:

The same holds for more recent OpenSuSE systems, but ESXi would never tell what was going on.

Recently I installed an OpenSuSE Tumbleweed system under VMware Fusion (running on Mac OS X) which indicated “The CPU has been disabled by the guest operating system.”

Log indicates a

Log indicates a “Shutdown” which in fact is a CPU not powered down.

Which — Understanding the message: The CPU has been disabled by the guest operating system (2000542) | VMware KB [WayBack] — means that halt will not power down the VM but perform a CLI + HLT on the CPU. This effectively hangs the CPU even though the console log on the right tells does a real Shutdown.

In the past – even under ESXi – a halt would just power down the system, so based on the above I did more digging and fount this very interesting answer in rhel – What is the difference between these commands for bringing down a Linux server? – Unix & Linux Stack Exchange [WayBack] which comes down to:

  • on a systemd [WayBack] based system commands like halt, reboot, shutdown all invoke systemctl [WayBack] calling for a specific target [WayBack].
  • mapping of targets and commands is as follows (quoted from the answer):
    • systemctl isolate has the shorthands:
      • shutdown -H now
      • systemctl halt
      • plain unadorned halt
    • systemctl isolate has the shorthands:
      • shutdown -r now
      • telinit 6
      • systemctl reboot
      • plain unadorned reboot
    • systemctl isolate has the shorthands:
      • shutdown -P now
      • telinit 0
      • shutdown now
      • systemctl poweroff
      • plain unadorned poweroff
    • systemctl isolate has the shorthands:
      • telinit 1
      • systemctl rescue
    • systemctl isolate has the shorthands:
      • telinit 2
      • telinit 3
      • telinit 4
    • systemctl isolate has the shorthand:
      • telinit 5

For a SysV [WayBack] init runlevels versus systemd targets see:

The systemd parameters making things a bit confusing, for instance you can do reboot --halt and more of those shown in linux – Are there any good reasons for halting system without cutting power? – Super User [WayBack].

That also explains that halt without a powerdown can be useful: it for instance gives the end-user the opportunity to click the reset button instead of the power button after a halt.


Posted in *nix, Linux, openSuSE, Power User, SuSE Linux, systemd, SysVinit, Tumbleweed | Leave a Comment »

Easily print GitHub markdown as beautiful PDFs that – in Chrome – immediately download

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/04/26

Printing Markdown with GitPrint

Simply view any Markdown file on GitHub, then in your URL bar replace the part of the URL with — your markdown file will be rendered to a beautiful, printable PDF.

Try an example

Every once in a while I feel like I’ve been living under a stone for years. Today is such a day as gitprint has been around since 2014 and I only noticed it until now.

It’s cool as it prints any github page (including Markdown, RestructuredText, etc) as a PDF file.


  • The PDF file is named after the url. For the above example, the PDF is
  • In my browsers, it directly starts downloading the PDF file.
  • There is a bookmarklet on the gitprint home page for easy browser integration
  • There is a gitprint Chrome Extension for even better integration into chrome (it modifies the pages to add printing support)
  • It’s https too (truckloads of web-sites could learn from that).


Source: Easily print GitHub markdown as beautiful PDFs

Posted in Development, DVCS - Distributed Version Control, git, GitHub, Software Development, Source Code Management | Leave a Comment »

pestudio – great tool for doing PE executable analysis

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/04/25


The standard version of pestudio is free to download as a ZIP file (md5: D62BDE0319015C7CD5ABA8D03A36FFBF).
Once decompressed, pestudio does not require any installation nor does it change the system it is running on.
It is fully portable and runs on any Windows platform. Details about the features of this standard version are available at here [WayBack].

Download pestudio 8.54 [WayBack]


The professional version of pestudio must be purchased and provides the full set of features of the tool. Details about the professional version as well as the licence conditons are available here [WayBack].

Source: pestudio [WayBack]

A great guide is at PeStudio Standard [WayBack] which despite the name does an in-depth explanation on how to use this great tool.


Via: Guide / tutorial, nice tool to examine executables, find virus etc – David Berneda – Google+ [WayBack]

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