Thoughts on the Dell Sputnik (XPS 13 with Linux)

I just bought a Dell XPS 13 9333. This is noteworthy as being one of the only laptops you can buy preinstalled with linux. That being said, I picked mine up from eBay as a refurb, and it came with Windows. If you're doing the same, I'd suggest the following…

Running Humble Bundle Games in Linux

I've been enjoying the Humble Bundle for some time, but getting games to run properly can be a hassle. Here's some of the things I've needed to do on Ubuntu 14.10. Note that installing Steam is a good start, since it comes with several libraries. Admittedly not the most…

Show the size of every table in every database in Redshift

I was getting annoyed with being unable to easily see the size of all of my tables in a Redshift cluster. This annoyance was compounded by the fact that I have several databases with identically named tables. I didn't see a solution to this anywhere else on the internet. In…

Google and Significant Digits

Even though I have a nostalgic fondness for the HP-48 - maybe the best calculator ever made in terms of tactile delight - I've grown rather accustomed to typing formulas in to Google when I need to do some quick math. Today I discovered that it sometimes doesn't treat all…

My public key

If you want to get in touch with me, I recommend the use of encryption. You can find my public key at http://robertlawson.net/static/Robert_Lawson_pub.asc, or simply copy it from the below: -----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK----- Version: Mailvelope v0.9.0 Comment: Email security…

Paste one character at a time for better screen recordings

I occasionally find myself making videos or animated gifs to illustrate help docs. While I can drag, drop, and click with the best of them, typing several lines of code without a single typo can be more challenging than I like to admit! I don't want to leave my errors…