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Playing with Gnuplot and load average

Ok, I was curious how is my load average going at night.


First of all, I wrote a short script to dump the load average every 5 minutes:

while true ; do
  val=$(cat /proc/loadavg | awk '{print $1,$3}')
  time=$(date "+%R")
  echo "$time $val" >> kakafile
  sleep 5m

The content of /proc/loadavg is similar to the output of the uptime command, but it is limited to the load data on 1, 5 and 15 minutes, without any extra records to be trimmed.
I am only interested in the most recent load and the overall average on 15min (1st and 3rd field).
The time format "%R" corresponds to "%H:%M" → that is hour:minute.

The script generates output like:

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Mansplain man

Ok, I think you have heard me rant about "tech guys talking to tech girls".


When let say fixing something on a server, a $person asks a guy something like

Question: "Hey, do you remember what parameter of rsync to apply to replicate also the ACL settings?"


if [ "personB" = "girl" ]; then
    print{"Oh, rsync is a command for the command line. Maybe you want to try
    FileZilla? It has a really easy graphical interface."}
    print{"Check -A, should do."}


During the years of receiving this retrograde treatment, I was grateful that when I do "man rsync" the output is not sorted and adjusted to my perceived gender alignment and in accordance with the ruling stereotypes.

So I thought that it could be interesting to materialise this situation.

We could collect such marvelous experiences and rewrite the man pages, so if you invoke "man rsync" you get the typical man page. But if you invoke "mansplain rsync" you get the mansplainer version.


# man ls

       List  information  about the FILEs (the current directory by default).
       Sort entries alphabetically if none of -cftuvSUX nor --sort is  speci‐

But then :

# mansplain ls

    ls stands for list. It is a command. It is something that you type in
this scary black screen. After you typed 'ls' you can either press Enter (the
big key on the keyboard), or you can write something more. But don't bother now
about options, you will not need them in most of the cases, better you don't.

I am curious how far would get all this exceptional mansplainer geeks getting mostly this kind of input.

Derecho a la no-digitalización

En el foro de la el @jorge ha compartido un enlace a un articulo que trataba sobre la "Dependencia tecnológica". Aunque no concuerdo en todos los puntos con el articulo, me parece un buenisimo punto de partida para discutir la preocupante normalización de la tecnocracia.

El tema me parece muy muy importante.

Desde hace tiempo me di cuenta de que cada "derecho" humano de seguida se convierte en una obligación. En este panorama no podemos hablar del "derecho a la comunicación" sin desarrollar unas estrategias fuertes de proteger la inclusión de personas y grupos que no quieren participar en la digitalización.

Si hablamos de un "derecho" a algo, se tiene que contemplar la no-obligación de este algo, o sea el derecho a no usarlo y no practicarlo. Con la educación / escolarización no fue así. Las personas que no quieren que sus hijxs padezcan de la submisión a un sistema "educativo" coercitivo, en muchos casos, sufren persecución. Sobre los fines y efectos perversos de la escolarización escribió en profundidad Ivan Ilich en su "Sociedad desescolarizada" y mi visión crítica en este aspecto coincide con esta exquisita obra.

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