zsh completion waiting dots

ZSH has some pretty nice tab completion but some of the completion modules can make things slow when you have a high latency conection. This can be extra harsh for me as I have failure to complete beeps turned off so I’m not sure if it’s still trying to complete or if there were no matches. When reading some zshrc snippts on Stack Overflow I came accross my favorite new snippit.
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syncing zsh named directories

One of my most used features of zsh is named directories. I keep my dotfiles synced across multiple machines via Dropbox (referral link) and a Makefile that creates symlinks automagically. My named directories start with ~ for my home directory so they need to exist for expansion to work properly and not output errors when I log in. When I first implemented syncing I added this check with a very simple test:
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DHS NOC MNC Security Example

The Media Monitoring Capability of the The Department of Homeland Security’s National Operations Center is tasked with keeping existing situation summaries for both domestic and international events up to date with open source media information. Their second mission is “to constantly monitor all available open source information with the goal of expeditiously alerting the NOC Watch Team and other key Department personnel of emergent situations”. This means monitoring both various online news sites as well as social networking.
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thermostat rrd javascript

In the last post I described my new Filtrete 3M-50 thermostat and my data collection using a script from a wiki. I wanted an easy way to get values for datapoints on the graphs and have been looking for a use for javascriptRRD since discovering it a year or more ago. I ended up having to modify the library slightly to get it to pass the yaxes option on to flot.
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tweeting thermostat

I recently replaced the thermostat in our new house with a Filtrete 3M-50. This thermostat has a wifi module and is available at your local Home Depot for $99. I’d been aware of it for a while but had planned on purchasing the $250 nest. The turning point for me came one even as I was going to bed. I was hot, the heat was running and I chose to turn the fan on instead of going downstairs and adjusting the thermostat.
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migrate tags wordpress to

I’ve migrated from Wordpress to Octopress and used the Jekyll wordpress migrator to move my posts over. Unfortunately, this doesn’t preserve post tags. The output looks like this: — title: "migrate tags wordpress to" date: "2011-10-27" slug: "2011/10/27/migrate-tags-wordpress-to" — Earlier this month I gave a talk about… Having the wordpress post id means extracting the post tags from the db should be quite easy. First we define our desired output:
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devops w perl linode ppw talk slides

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local growl notifications from remote irssi

What I’ve tried, What I want Skip to the next section if you just care about the end result. In the past, I’ve had my remote Irssi client send UDP Growl packets to my static home IP that were then forwarded to the broadcast address on the local network. This worked great and allowed me to get Growl notifications on which ever computer I happened to be sitting at. These days, I’m always on my laptop, even when sitting at another computer (Teleport for the mega win).
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whole house energy monitoring

I placed an order for a TED 5000 on February 10th. The TED 5000 is a whole house energy monitor – a kill-a-watt for the whole house. I’ve spent a lot of time reading about the products available in this space. I’ve looked at about 10 products for whole house energy monitoring and three jump to the top. The wattvision, PowerHouse Dynamics’s eMonitor, and the TED 5000.

The wattvision (~$250) most closely resembles the TED in terms of price and features.

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bacon salad zinik owes me

First off, Zinik owes me bacon flavored donuts, the Internet says it, it must be true. I composed my first recipe the other night and figured I’d share it with you in the hopes that your doctor might hate me as much as mine does. ##Bacon Salad ###Ingredients 1lb Pancetta 1lb Virginia Bacon 1lb Peppered Bacon 1lb Canadian Bacon 1lb Apple-Wood Smoked Bacon 1lb Irish Bacon 1lb Slab Bacon 2lb Hog Jowl 1 Bottle reduced fat Bacon Ranch Salad Dressing ###Directions
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