Archive for November, 2004

find: missing argument to -exec (remove Picasa.ini files) Nov 19 2004

So let’s say you just ran Picasa, Google’s new aquisition, and it displays all your pictures great. It’s actually a reall neat little application, pretty slick.

However, it is not so slick that it can’t help but leave a (hidden) “Picasa.ini” file in every directory it finds images in. That is mostly fine, except for how it also indexes everything, including directories under source control (CVS).

So, whipping out trusty cygwin (could also do it using Explorer Search feature…), I try $ find . -name "Picasa.ini" -exec rm {}/;

Results without the space:

$ find . -name "Picasa.ini" -exec rm {}/;
find: missing argument to '-exec'


You MUST include a space between the {} and the /;. If you don’t you will get the missing argument error. If you put the space in, you will successfully delete every Picasa .ini file.

$ find . -name "Picasa.ini" -exec rm {} /;


From j0hnny

Picasa is an ‘Automated Digital Photo Organizer’ recently aquired by Google. This search allows the voyer to browse directories of photos uploaded using the picasa software.

WinSCP – Freeware SFTP and SCP client for Windows Nov 18 2004

WinSCP – Freeware SFTP and SCP client for Windows

WinSCP is an open source SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) and SCP (Secure CoPy) client for Windows using SSH (Secure SHell). Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this basic function, WinSCP manages some other actions with files.

WinSCP is also available as plugin to FAR filemanager.

Before using WinSCP, see what it can do and the application requirements. You may also compare SFTP and SCP protocols.

I heart gmail Archive button Nov 17 2004

In Google’s gmail webmail offering, one of the things I absolutely love and adore is the Archive button. So simple. So easy. So perfect for what it does.

You read an item. You absorb the content. You hit Archive. It goes away. Into the netherworld. Tucked into place where Google’s almighty seeing eye knows right where it is. Archive is freedom. Archive is release. Archive allows you to free yourself from past communication, ideas and concepts, safe in the knowledge that it is a simple click on the “All Mail” link to see what you need again. Or simply search for it, and lightning fast, it is back for you.

But you don’t have to categorize it. You don’t have to worry. Just hit Archive, and it is gone. Out of sight, out of mind. I really want an Archive button for everything now. Okay, I’m done with you, click Archive. Next. I think Archive is one of the most useful features of gmail, and is a concept which will spread to other software, it is just that good of an idea.

That is all. Archive. You heard it here first.

What do you want an Archive button for? Add your comments below.

NewsForge | Where is the ‘plug-and-play’ Linux office system? Nov 17 2004

Nice article by Slashdot editor Roblimo on making a business out of an integrated hardware / software + support and upgrades included type of offering to small business owners.

NewsForge | Where is the ‘plug-and-play’ Linux office system?

Worse, the Linux software people asked, “What about hardware?” and the hardware people asked, “What about software?” These questions proved that we weren’t being heard. Our idea, obviously, was to sell or lease both as a single package. We believed (and still believe) that the ideal small business computer system would arrive ready to plug in and run, preloaded with a stock set of applications, with additional application packages available for an additional fee. We wanted to take all worries about computers off the small business manager’s shoulders. We saw a service business, not a hardware sales business, even though hardware would be the base on which the service rested. And everything we wanted to do relied on hardware and software that already existed and worked well.

You configure the server to be administered remotely. This is what makes this system cheaper and easer to maintain than others. And the price can become unbeatable if the company behind it is large enough that thousands of its clients share the cost of maintaining a wide selection software packages.

The plug-and-play Linux office system was a good idea in 1998, and it’s a better one today. It is a business model that is absolutely in tune with free software principles, and better yet, it offers a chance for local Linux advocates to exercise their zeal in a productive, profitable manner.

Some good comments too at the bottom of the page.

(Via /.)

The Grey Video Nov 16 2004

The Grey Video

Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

(Via Waxy) – Connecting People, Organizations & Ideas Nov 16 2004 – Connecting People, Organizations & Ideas

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We are connecting people, organizations and ideas throughout the worldwide Christian Science community. is an independent web site which is supportive of The Mother Church: The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, MA.

— Mark Mohlenbrock, Publisher

Christian Science Healing Blog » BROKEN ARM SET THROUGH PRAYER Nov 14 2004

Christian Science Healing Blog » BROKEN ARM SET THROUGH PRAYER


My son was nine years old and had two friends spending the night for a sleepover one weekend. At 11pm on a Saturday night, I was upstairs washing my face and heard one of his friends scream, “Come quick, Gary just broke his arm!” I dried off my face and went downstairs to find a young boy sitting on the floor holding his arm between his elbow and his wrist.

I asked him to show me his arm. When he did, the picture of two bones pointing in opposite directions tried to alarm me, but I’ve learned how to pray about all things in Christian Science so I started to pray instead of succumbing to fear.

In Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy states that students of Christian Science may leave the setting of bones to physicians. [See page 401.] My son was very scared and wanted to go to the hospital, so I took him.

Read the rest of this testimony of healing through the use of Christian Science prayer.

Web File Browser Nov 14 2004

Web File Browser

Web File Browser is a simple open-source file browser written in PHP (1 single file) that allows users to create, delete, edit, copy, rename, move and upload files and directories thru a light, full-text, web-based interface.

We’re using this for Nora Larimer‘s site admin area to handle image uploads. Going to give it a try for the Village of Twin Oaks website government section too.

I heart Ugly Dolls (Wedgehead) Nov 13 2004

Ugly Doll - Wedgehead

So I got a new friend at Star Clipper today (on sale!!!), an Ugly Doll named Wedgehead. It is the best. It makes me want to have kids so that I can get them dolls like this. It was love at first sight. 🙂

Review: I give my Ugly Doll ***** (5 stars). It is the best. Mine has white teeth, not red like in the picture. It is soft and nice and has perfect arms for taking it with you wherever you go. Although I’m pretty sure I’d be too embarrassed to bring it with me places being 28 and all, but for at home, brilliant.

Star Clipper Comics Sale this weekend in the Loop in St. Louis Nov 12 2004


This weekend is your last chance to be naughty before the holidays at
Star Clipper! We’ll have extended hours from 11 AM to Midnight on
Saturday and 11 AM to 7 PM on Sunday. Don’t miss out on spectacular
savings: 25%-50% off all in-stock graphic novels; all t-shirts, toys,
novelties, statues, plushes, wall scrolls & more 20% off; import CD’s
10% off! All this and other limited bargains this weekend only.

Star Clipper

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