Monthly Archives: October 2010

Installing Dropbox without Gnome on Debian Squeeze (AMD64)

I’m finally trying out Dropbox but didn’t like the way their Linux client depends on Gnome (I use KDE).  Following this procedure, it is possible to use Dropbox without Gnome and even on the shell.  Here’s my version of the … Continue reading

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Linux Admin Cheat Sheet

This isn’t intended to be comprehensive at all.  I’ll just be listing commands that I sometimes but not often use to do miscellaneous administrative tasks. Finding CPU Temperature Passwordless SSH Between trusted hosts, I want to allow passwodless access via … Continue reading

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Installing Mendeley on Debian Squeeze (AMD64)

Mendeley does have a Debian package which you can simply apt-get (yay), but it is only available for Lenny, the current stable release.  Here I outline the system-wide installation procedure using their tarball. First, download the tarball from Mendeley to … Continue reading

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Python Utility for the UVBLUE Stellar Spectrum Library

I have a need to use spectra from UVBLUE, but they only supply IDL programs (who needs these any more?) to deal with the data.  I want to use the spectra in Python, so I ported their program.  Download it … Continue reading

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Installing Epson Perfection V30 on Debian Squeeze (AMD64)

First, download the following .deb files from here: (To get to the download page, you choose “Perfection V30,” “Debian” for distribution, and “others” for version; the exact version numbers may be different.) Install the SANE library and related packages, and … Continue reading

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Installing Bruzual & Charlot 2003 (GALAXEV) on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

You can follow the same procedure for Linux, except that csh probably is already installed at /bin/csh and gfortran needs to be installed differently (see this post).

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Installing Bruzual & Charlot 2003 (GALAXEV) on Debian Squeeze

The installation procedure is confusing only if you are not using CSH (I use BASH) and if g77 is not available.  Otherwise you can simply follow the installation procedure outlined in the official documentation file (i.e., bc03/doc/bc03.ps.gz). First, you definitely need … Continue reading

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Installing NeverNote on Debian Squeeze (AMD64)

I still don’t understand what all the fuss is about on Evernote (not to mention their aversion to Linux).  However, some kind of note taking utility and having all the related data in the cloud still relives me from the … Continue reading

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