What's that code: Elementary S04E09

they hacked a car and around 7:27 in the episode they are analyzing the car's computer source code, that's some sweet compression they say, but it turns out it's Perl interpreter source code, with Perl replaced with Auto (after all it's the auto code right?)

https://perl5.git.perl.org/perl.git/blob/HEAD:/perl.c#l431 and following lines

another interesting code copy was in The Americans (cant remember season or episode), when they were trying to acquire the ECHO program source code, what's on the screen is actually MATLAB source code


Debian source package name from the binary name

it looks like i forgot all the times how to do that, and apparently i'm not able to use google good enough to find it out quickly, let's write down one way to get the source package name from the binary package name:

dpkg-query -W -f='${source:package}\n' <list of bin pkgs>

(since it accepts a list of packages, you can xargs it).

there are probably another million ways to do that, so dont be shy and comment this post if you want to share your method


How to change your Google services location

Several services in Google depends on your location, in particular on Google Play (things like apps, devices, contents can be restricted to some countries), but what to do if you relocate and want to update your information to access those exclusive services? Lots of stories out there to make a payment on the playstore with updated credit card info etc etc, it's actually a bit different, but not that much.

There are 3 places where you need to update your location information, all of them on Google Payments:

  1. in Payment Methods, change the billing address of all your payment methods;
  2. in Address Book, change the default shipping address;
  3. in Settings, change your home address.
Once that's done, wait some minutes, and you might also want to logout/login again in your Google account (even tho Google support will tell it's not necessary, it didnt work for me otherwise) and you should be ready to go.

DICOM viewer and converter in Debian

DICOM is a standard for your RX/CT/MRI scans and the format most of the times your result will be given to you, along with Win/MacOS viewers, but what about Debian? the best I could find is Ginkgo CADx (package ginkgocadx).

If  you want to convert those DICOM files into images you can use convert (I dont know why I was surprised to find out imagemagik can handle it).

PS: here a description of the format.


CFEngine: upgrade Debian packages

say you use CFEngine to install Debian packages on your server, so it's likely you'll have a bundle looking like this:

bundle agent agentname

        "packages" slist => {


            package_policy => "addupdate",
            package_method => apt_get;


this works great to guarantee those packages are installed, but if a newer version is available in the repositories, that wont be installed. If you want CFEngine to do that too, then the web suggests this trick:


            package_policy => "addupdate",
            package_version => "999999999",
            package_method => apt_get;

which tweak the install system declaring that you want to install version 999999999 of each package, so if you have available a higher version than the one installed, CFEngine will happily upgrade it for you. It works great.. but sometimes it doesn't. why oh why?

That's because Debian versions can have a epoch: every plain version (like 1.0-1) has an implicit epoch of 0, and same goes for the 999999999 above, that means if any of the installed packages has an epoch, that version will sort higher than 999999999 and the package wont be upgraded. If you want to be sure to upgrade every package, then the right solution is:


            package_policy => "addupdate",
            package_version => "9:999999999",
            package_method => apt_get;


Attending the Codecademy

You've probably already got it, I'm surveying several sites to improve programming skills. This episode is about Codecademy.

It's a very well done site, for people that want to learn a language. It has a Python track, along with several others: Ruby, JQuery, Javascript & so on.

You'll be required to actually write code and run it! yes, the code you write is then executed in a web "interpreter" (modified for educational purposes) and the output displayed on screen. In a section is also possible to write to files and have their contents shown on another tab.

I'd encourage you to start from it if you never saw Python and you're willing to learn if from the ground up.


Spending a Sunday on CodingBat.com

I've played a bit with Project Euler but all of their problems are math-centric, which is nice but not exactly what I'm looking for: some real-world programming problems to get back into the coding field.

So asking my friend Google, I found CodingBat: it has a Python section with several tasks to complete. I must say they are some kinda trivial to solve, once you know some idiomatic Python code, but some are a bit more interesting. If you're a junior Python coder, or want to get a grip on the language, give it a look.

Oh, and if you know some website that would give me some real-world programming coding problems (something that would be useful on the job, not just coding for fun), I would love to hear you.