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Guns, Germs and Steel

I just started reading this book some days ago, but definitely is one of the best science books I’ve read so far. Highly recommended. Guns, Germs and Steel: A short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years. Life isn’t fair–here’s why: Since 1500, Europeans have, for better and worse, called the tune that the world has danced to. In Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond explains the reasons why things worked out that way. It is an elemental question, and Diamond is certainly not the first to ask it. However, he performs a singular service by relying on scientific fact rather than specious theories of European genetic superiority. Diamond, a professor of physiology at UCLA, suggests that the geography of Eurasia was best suited to farming, the domestication of animals and the free flow of information. The more populous cultures that developed as a result had more complex forms…

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daemontools svscanboot & Ubuntu Server 8.10

If you just installed a brand new Ubuntu 8.10 server and tried to run daemontools the Debian Way (apt-get install daemontools daemontools-run), you, just like me, realized that there is no more /etc/inittab. Since Edgy Eft that someone decided that inittab should be deprecated in favor of a thing called Upstart. So, the best you can do is to remove the daemontools-run package: # apt-get remove daemontools-run Create a new file on /etc/event.d/svscanboot with: # svscanboot # start on runlevel 2 start on runlevel 3 start on runlevel 4 start on runlevel 5 stop on runlevel 0 stop on runlevel 1 stop on runlevel 6 respawn exec /usr/bin/svscanboot Create /etc/service directory and start the service with: # mkdir /etc/service ; initctl start svscanboot That’s it. You should have svscanboot started, together with svscan and readproctitle.

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