How to Actually learn programming [0/2]

The goal is to complete the tasks outline in a CH article. This post will contain the plan, as well as the notes on each task. A few of the exercises are already completed. Plan and Task overview Reading [ ] Learning Lisp: I started going through Land of Lisp (Conrad Barski), since it was available…

Easy to resize the swap partition in Linode

In the ‘new’ interface for Linode manager – the advanced tab contains the list of disks. When the Linode is fully powered down, it is possible to resize the partitions as desired. My earlier notes indicate that atleats 2.5GB of swap space was required to install Rstudio (without docker) in the past, on a machine…

Brief exploration of Linode’s backup service add-on

The price is relatively cheap. There appear to be 4 backup slots, each with a varying number of days. However, the price increases as the size of the Linode go up. While the website and the services can be considered critical – I am nevertheless hesitant about relying on Linode itself for backup. I’m thinking…

Installing UMAP took up nearly 1-1.5 GB of swap

Atleast ~500MB of RAM and around 1-1.5GB of swap was used while installing the UMAP package into rocker/tidyverse. It also took ~10 minutes atleast, and started with installing the reticulate, Rspectra and Rcppeigen (?) packages first, after which UMAP was installed. It would certainly save time and head-banging to have umap already installed into a…

Enabling ‘pretty’ permalinks in Nginx / WordPress

This wordpress article enumerates some of the differences between an Apache and a Nginx based setup. I ran into this issue, while trying to change the URL format of the blog posts / pages on the website. Essentially, I could not. I was on the fence about enabling ‘pretty’ URLS and was inclined to think…

Removing cloudflare from the VPS

diana_coman’s comment about removing cloudflare’s service from my VPS made me realise: I went ahead (on autopilot??) in setting up Cloudflare for my VPS considering no logical basis. As mentioned in this blog article, cloudflare.com acts as a ‘reverse proxy server’ for websites. Using cloudflare is by no means compulsory or critical for general purpose…