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My September 2018 Open-Source Contributions

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Continuing my new blog series, here’s my open-source contributions for this past month:

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Install hub on Linux via Snap

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hub is a command-line tool that wraps Git in order to extend it with extra features and commands that make working with GitHub easier. You can learn more about hub on its homepage.

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Blog Posts vs Docs - Where to Place Content?

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Whether it’s with a co-worker or someone I meet at a meetup, I tend to discuss one of three topics: Open Source, Community, or Documentation. When we talk docs, we end up talking Developer Relations / Advocacy, and content generation. Time and time again I’ve been asked the same question:

“How do I know if X should be a blog post or a Pull Request (PR) to documentation?”

It’s not a simple question because it can depend on your company’s/project’s culture and the audience you have.

That being said, I’ve answered this long enough times that I’ve put together questions you can ask yourself to determine where content can live.

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How to Install the CircleCI CLI

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CircleCI Docs and the CLI repo both contain install instructions but with lots of other info. Here’s simply how to install the CircleCI CLI:

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How to Check If Vim Supports Python

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Sometimes you’ll need to know if the installed version of Vim on your system supports Python. This is most common when installing Vim plugins as many have a dependency on Python. Here’s how to check.

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September 12th: 2001 vs 2018

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Yesterday was the 17th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. As a New Yorker, American, and a human, this day was extremely impactful for me. To this day, it is severely important to me as well.

I shared a quick social media post that I have included below:

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Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Firmware Update Fix

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I’m running Ubuntu 18.04 on a Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, model 9350 (though people have had this issue with 9370 as well). Every couple days Ubuntu Software Center opens up telling me that there is a firmware update. Specifically it says, “Thunderbolt NVM for XPS 9350”.

Clicking the “update” button to the right does nothing. Clicking the “update all” button at the top fails as well. Here’s how I got my firmware update for my XPS 13 to successfully install. Hint, it’s the command-line to the rescue as usual.

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Configure Static Networking on an Ubuntu 18.04 Linode Server

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Ubuntu 18.04 now uses netplan together with systemd to manage networking. No longer do we edit the /etc/network/interfaces file in order to configure static networking. At the time of this writing (September 10th, 2018), Linode has static networking instructions for Ubuntu 17.10, which is EOL’d, but not Ubuntu 18.04 specifically. More importantly, while the 17.10 instructions do work, it’s not the recommended way according to Ubuntu and most websites I’ve visited around the Internet.

Here’s how I configured my Ubuntu 18.04 server on Linode.

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How to Install Zoom (Video Conferencing) on Ubuntu 18.04

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Here’s how to install Zoom, a popular video chat software, on Ubuntu 18.04.

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Be Careful Setting a Project's Birthday on Twitter

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Recently I discovered a nasty glitch in Twitter’s Terms of Service that can completely shut down your account for days. Here’s what happened.

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