Mark Grealish

Cats and wizardry.


One easy solution for all of life’s little problems

alias fuck='sudo !!'

The hard life of a vim multitasker

No respite.

2005-era Linuxy desktop goodness

And by “retro” I mean “cringeworthy,” but that’s part and parcel with haxx0r Mark and his ghetto battlestation. In clockwise order: Gnome desktop environment on Fedora Linux, Wednesday August 18 2004. Gnome desktop environment on Gentoo Linux, Thursday February 16 2006. Fluxbox window manager on Gentoo Linux, Monday November 15 2004. Gnome desktop environment on […]

Google Cardboard

Subtitle: literally a white guy wearin’ a virtual reality headset. Google Cardboard is expensive as fuck in Ireland for no good reason. There are no Irish vendors who sell the cardboard headsets, and the single Amazon vendor who sells them demands €20 + shipping. Ebay? Four euro if I wait an extra week for delivery […]

Samsung: never again

Dell isn’t the sexiest of computer brands, but there is a bloody good reason that enterprises will buy it above and beyond other brands: Support and parts. I spilled water on my keyboard back in September. The right shift key began to stick right afterward and the keyboard was cruddy to boot, so I ordered […]

Fun little minecraft seed

4636255422134803525 Use it with Amplified. You’ll start off on the top of a single very tall mountain in the middle of the ocean, which presents an interesting conundrum-you have a lot of land available to work on, but it is all in a vertical stack.

I am. Are you?

╔══════════════════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ══════════════════╗ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Repost this if ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ you are a beautiful strong black woman ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ who uses Linux ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ╚══════════════════ […]


One from Monday. A student in my Bash class asked me: Take a list of footballers and their per-match scores over the season. Sort the list, pick their five best games, and return the averaged scores per game for these five games. I bashed (heh) it out badly on Monday, and rewrote it to be […]

Ubuntu desktop

Openbox with a bunch of dockapps (lal, Dropbox, Redshift, etc.) running. Just because I haven’t done one in years. The wallpaper is one of my own.


Always make sure you backup the latest version of your essential Linux scripts before you wipe your hard disk. Just spent two annoying hours recreating them from scratch.

I moved to Windows 8

(dun dun dun)

A train that runs Linux!

Just like how North Korea is the best Korea, the best pun is a visual pun.

Ubuntu died

I did an in-place do-release-upgrade yesterday. The laptop was not completely plugged in, and the battery went out when the upgrade process was about 75% complete. Since then, things have been…very interesting due to the lack of 64-bit recovery media in the hackerspace.

[Minecraft] The Lyceum

Oh yeah, new laptop

Screen: 13.3″ Widescreen (1366×768) Processor: Intel Core i5 2430M – 2.4GHz Memory: 4GB DDR3 (1 x 4GB) Hard disk: 640GB – 5400 rpm SATA2 Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GT520M – 1 GB DDR3 Optical drive: Dual Layer DVD-ReWriter Card reader: 4 in 1 (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC) Network: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, BlueTooth 3.0 Colour: […]

Airtricity Bill Estimator

Wow, my Friday nights are exciting. I wrote a short C# program that will let me estimate how much my next power bill from Airtricity will be. This is to both avoid bill shock and help me plan my budget. Over the weekend I will add the option to export the option to a .csv […]

.@rubot It’s Our Internet, Too

Yes, this conversation again. I came away feeling like I didn’t get my point across really well so I am picking at this again like the obsessive scab-picker that I am. I was six hundred words into a frothy spiel before I impulsively deleted it and decided to make a few assertions/bullet points instead: None […]

Google Navigation It comes on my phone, and I used it for the first time last night to get around Sligo to a friend’s house. Holy shit. I felt like somebody in a spy film, being directed by a voice over my headphones. “Turn left” “Turn right” “Turn around” Being directed was the most awesome fifteen […]

Prep version 0

I’m not sure if I blogged about this before, but hey. Whatever. I use Dropbox and I post a lot of images here – and as a matter of fact almost every image comes served out of my Dropbox/Public/content folder. I use a tidy little script for this, that I call prep. It’s extensible and […]

Sold the iPad; bought an Android phone

Day and night. Day and fucking night. One of the biggest killers for me about living out in Cliffony has been the lack of reliable Internet access. I had an O2 HotShot dongle, but O2’s 3G coverage seems to end somewhere around Galway. Since I moved out to County Sligo in August I’ve been stuck […]

Hell hath no fury like a geek thwarted

I will have this app on my phone. Update: Got it. Took me about an hour.

Why a television show and an ICBM are the same thing

I’ll open this up with a disclaimer: I am a nitpicky geek. /disclaimer Producing a television show, weirdly, has a lot in common with designing a ballistic missile. In the minds of every missile designer exists the perfect missile. This perfect ballistic munition can carry an infinitely large warhead, at an infinite speed, over an […]

No power cord? No problem!

I badly needed to move some data from my laptop’s hard disk to my external storage. However, the power cord for the disk frayed through. No problem! I dismantled the MyBook enclosure and popped the SATA disk into this wonderful bit of technology. Hallelujah!

Resorting to the nuclear solution is getting old

Fuck, it works, but I’d have thought that more computer know-how would somehow let me finesse my solutions a bit more. As opposed to, you know, fucking beating them with a hammer. So, the PC I’m constructing and the problem I had getting an operating system onto it. I did wind up travelling into Sligo, […]

Pee Cee of Olde, Arise from Thy Grave

I’m building a new-old computer from parts to sell. An older vintage of factory-new parts. Make sense? My biggest stumbling block in its construction has been the motherboard’s BIOS. It unfortunately doesn’t support booting via USB. And, well…let us timeline this motherfucker. Mark’s computer-for-sale does not support booting from USB. Thursday ---> Try a different […]

Goobye ‘txtr, hello iBook

‘txtr isn’t all that bad of an ebook service, but it just didn’t work out for me. It has a lovely barebones interface, a great web-device connectivity and plain gorgeous ePub rendering compared to Stanza’s. Unfortunately: The ‘txtr website fails when I try to upload any PDF or ePub document bigger than about 20MB. It […]

Oh, ouch

Updated 00:40 October 8: I have my Stanza library backed up into a folder on my desktop. I’ll do a mass upload to ‘txtr on Monday. I updated my iPad to iOS 5. Stanza, an app that I completely rely upon , crashed and crashed hard after the update. Stanza ate my entire book collection […]

slowpain ≠ slickeasy

I have a functioning Linux installation on my laptop – Fedora Core 15 as it happens. Compared to the slickeasy process of setting up Ubuntu, getting Fedora Core to the same point in usability has been very slowpain. While using any non-Ubuntu distro while in the mindset of a vanilla Linux home user, I’m always […]


Okay, I’ve been giving this matter some thought. Here I go: I’m getting rid of my Netbook. I am going to sell off my spare PC kit, my Netbook, those few other worldly possessions that I still lay claim to. The iPad has perfectly superseded my Netbook at the exact tasks I used it for; […]

Access Google+ as an Apps user!

Kinda. Please put the pitchforks down and give me a second to explain. You cannot actually access Google+ as an Apps user, but you can access it without having to manually switch profiles or open up an incognito session of X or Y browser. Here is how: …that’s it, really. At least for me. […]