Install TeX Live 2016 on Ubuntu 16.04

On Ubuntu 14.04 I went through a fairly involved procedure to get the current TeX Live (TeX Live 2013 at that time) installed because it was not in the standard repository. However, it seems that there is now a much easier way to get TeX Live 2016: J Fernyhough has put together a TeX Live 2016 PPA – kudos to him!


dropbox on Ubuntu 16.04

This a very brief post on installing dropbox on Ubuntu 16.04, mainly to remind myself how I got it working. In the end, it’s the most straightforward approach, but not the one I found at dropbox linux install instructions. So, be careful.


vim and vundle on Ubuntu 16.04

I have just upgraded to Ubuntu 16.04, the new long-term-stable distribution of Ubuntu. This means I will be installing all of my trusted computing tools on this new distribution as well as reconsidering some of my approaches. In this post I’ll go over a new approach to my vim setup for Ubuntu 16.04, changing from pathogen to vundle plugin management.


python setup on Ubuntu 16.04

In this post I will document my approach to python on Ubuntu 16.04. To be clear, this is not the only way to do things and I make no claims that it is the best strategy. However, it is useful for me to write this information down for future reference. Who knows, it might be helpful for you too!? Let me know if it is. I also love to read about other approaches, so leave comments and/or links below.

You can also read over my thoughts on python on Ubuntu 14.04 here– see Install Python packages on Ubuntu 14.04 and virtualenv and virtualenvwrapper on Ubuntu 14.04 as well as Python 3.4 on Ubuntu 14.04 using virtual environments. I will be using elements of those ideas in my approach to python on 16.04. However, be aware that some things have changed since those posts were written– proceed with care!


ES2015 using Node, Babel and Webpack

In this post I will cover setting up a project that uses ES2015/ES6 – modern JavaScript– that will still work in current web browsers that need ES5. The trick is to use Babel to transpile ES2015/ES6 code to ES5, which can run on current browsers. Why do this? Well, ES2015/ES6 is the future of JavaScript and I’d like to start using it now.


Upgrading to Meteor 1.3 on Ubuntu 14.04

In a recent post, Install Meteor on Ubuntu 14.04, I documented the install process for Meteor – at that time the current version was 1.2.1. Well, the new version – 1.3 – is out and I will briefly document the upgrade process and provide some links to new guides and tutorials that the MDG (Meteor Development Group) has released.


A d3 experiment on my Tinkerer blog

This blog uses Tinkerer, which is based on the Sphinx documentation framework, to create static html pages from rest (rst) markup. If you are familiar with the Python world you’ve probably created documentation using Sphinx, or at the very least, you have read documenation created in Sphinx. Because the setup is Python-focused, it is not straightforward to write posts that employ javascript libraries like d3. This post describes my method for doing javascript examples in Tinkerer blog posts or Sphinx docs, as well as how to do some d3.


Install Meteor on Ubuntu 14.04

[Edit] 2016, Mar 30 Verision 1.3 of Meteor is now out – this installation instructions are still pretty much the same as below. If you’d like the updated install/upgrade instructions checkout Upgrading to Meteor 1.3 on Ubuntu 14.04. [/Edit]

I’ve been spending a lot of time working with Meteor recently. This framework uses javascript and MongoDB to create a full stack solution that is pretty easy to use. The installation is simple and painless on Ubuntu 14.04, but I’ll document my process here for reference and provide some links for learning more about Meteor.


Installing node LTS version on Ubuntu 14.04

In a previous post, Installing Node.js and npm on Ubuntu 14.04, I installed nodejs on Ubuntu 14.04 using what were current instructions at the time. Those notes are outdated at this point so I thought I’d document the current way to install the LTS version of node.


Installing MongoDB Community Edition on Ubuntu 14.04

In this post I’ll cover installing the Community Edition of MongoDB on Ubuntu 14.04 in a way that lets me use more recent versions of MongoDB than are available using the standard $ sudo apt-get install. If that sounds interesting, follow along.



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