Trying Out Alacritty

Recently stumbled on this comment from lobste.rs. I have heard of Alacritty before but never had a chance to try it out. This time I have decided to at least check it out. What is Alacritty? Alacritty claims to be a really fast terminal emulator. It has a unique feature according to its description: Alacritty is the fastest terminal emulator in existence. Using the GPU for rendering enables optimizations that simply aren’t possible in other emulators. »

Password Management using Password Store

Password Store is a command line utility for managing your passwords. The passwords are stored in an encrypted file which makes use of gpg. It also allows you to use git to track password changes. pass isn’t as feature-rich compared to Last Pass or 1Password though. Setup Setup is pretty easy. It only requires gpg which can be installed via brew. Optionally, you can install git if you want to track changes in your storage. »

Moving to Jekyll

Finally moved back to jekyll. Nothing fancy here though. This is hosted again in Github Pages. I’ve made some small modifications on the default template and added the jekyll-archives plugin. I might add some additional plugins and/or modifications (disqus comments). Everything is based on jekyll’s documentation. Here are a few things that might be worth noting though: Bundler It comes with a Gemfile. Executing bundle install or simply bundle will install the dependencies that came with the installation. »

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PHP, Coder, and Code Sniffer in OS X

PHP I originally used the PHP package bundled with OS X. This doesn’t seem to be easily maintainable since you would have an outdated PHP version. I’ve since replaced this with homebrew-php specifically the package php54. Note: If you’ve added some configurations in PHP which is most likely located at /etc/php.ini, you might want to copy the custom configurations over to your new PHP ini location which is /usr/local/etc/php/5.4/php.ini in my case. »

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PHP 5.4 and PHPDBG in OS X

I got PHPDBG enabled in PHP 5.4 although I’ve never bothered giving it a try. Recently, I decided to play around with it to try to compare it with Xdebug. I tested it with a minimal Drupal installation. Installation PHP and PHPDBG I use homebrew-php to install PHP 5.4. Versions 5.4+ have the flag --with-phpdbg if you wish to include PHPDBG during installation therefore installation is simply via invoking brew install php54 --with-phpdbg. »

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