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A blog by Joakim Beijar, I solve interesting and mundane problems at Mios Ltd and hack at night on github.com/kaa.

Introducing Smack - really simple templating for JQuery

10 Jan 2014

I finally got around to posting my tiny roughly 700 byte minified templating engine to github.

It supports, automatic html encoding, attribute binding, iteration, conditionals and string interpolation, with a surprisingly powerful Knockout inspired syntax such as this.

<a data-bind="href: blogUrl">Home</a> 
<h1 data-bind="title"></h1>
  Published <abbr data-bind="friendlyDate,title:date"></abbr>
  <span data-bind="in {category}, "></span>
  <span data-bind="!'by <strong>{author}</strong>.'"></span>.
  <li data-bind="#tags"><a data-bind=".,href:'?tag={.}'"></a></li>
<p data-bind="?admin"><a href="#">Edit</a></p>
<div data-bind="!content"></div>
<h3 data-bind="'Comments ({comments.length})'"></h3>
  <li data-bind="#comments">
    <strong data-bind="author"></strong>
    <p data-bind="text"></p>
    <p data-bind="?likes.length">Liked by <em data-bind="#likes,'{.} '"></em></p>

Using it is as simple as this

var template = $("#template").html()
var context = {
  admin: false,
  blogUrl: "http://example.com",
  author: "Bob Bobson",
  category: "javascript",
  title: "Hello world", 
  date: "2014-01-01",
  friendlyDate: "Yesterday",
  tags: ["tiny","template","jquery"], 
  content: "<p>This is a simple <strong>smack</strong> template.</p>",
  comments: [
    {author: "bob", text: "Great stuff!", likes: ["Cecil", "Mallory"]},
    {author: "alice", text: "Indeed!", likes: []}

// Apply template
var element = $(template)

Check it out at github.com/kaa/smack if you’re interested.

Fixing tlsdate drift in the CoreOS vagrant box

02 Jan 2014

The CoreOS vagrant image is a great way to get started quickly playing with docker. However, I find that when I suspend the host computer and bring it back up again with the VM running, the clock in the CoreOS VM has drifted. I figure this is because there are no guest additions in the VM which would otherwise synchronize the time automatically. Here is how to fix it with a systemd timer.

My first thought was to update /etc/tlsdate/tlsdated.conf and make it synchronize the clock more often. As configured tlsdated will synchronize time every 24h once it reaches a steady state. The problem is that in the CoreOS system the /etc directory is mapped readonly so it is not possible to change the configuration. My second thought was to just create a cron task to poll the time every 5 minutes using the tlsdate client, unfortunately CoreOS doesn’t seem to come with cron installed so that is a dead end.

Here is how I used systemd to schedule a periodic polling of the current date using the tlsdate client instead. I learned how from Jason’s blog post about creating timers.

First I created a service /media/state/units/tlsdatesync.service.

Description=Synchronize time with tlsdate


and a timer description, /media/state/units/tlsdatesync.timer

Description=Run tlsdate every five minutes

# Time to wait after booting before we run first time
# Time between running each consecutive time


then I configured the service and timers, and enable the timer on startup,

% sudo systemctl restart local-enable.service
% sudo systemctl enable --runtime /media/state/units/tlsdatesync.timer

I checked the timers status with systemctl which confirmed the timer was running

% systemctl status tlsdatesync.timer
tlsdatesync.timer - Runs tlsdated every five minutes
   Loaded: loaded (/media/state/units/tlsdatesync.timer; enabled-runtime)
   Active: active (waiting) since Wed 2014-01-01 22:47:23 UTC; 10min ago

Jan 01 22:47:23 localhost systemd[1]: Starting Runs tlsdated every five minutes.
Jan 01 22:47:23 localhost systemd[1]: Started Runs tlsdated every five minutes.

from ISODATA, a novel method of data analysis and pattern classification (authors Geoffrey H. Ball and David J. Hall, 1965)

24 May 2013

I love how this illustration uses symbols and terminology from what I suppose is mechanics to describe the functioning of an algorithm.

MSysGit / Curl not finding your _netrc file?

14 Jul 2011

Make sure you have an environment variable pointing to your home directory (or rather the directory where your _netrc file is).

TSQL's UNION operation really is a UNION

08 Mar 2011

This one caught me a bit off guard. It turns out UNION in TSQL really is the mathematical union of the two result sets not just the concatenation of the involved results.

Include the keyword ALL to ensure duplicates are also returned.


Incorporates all rows into the results. This includes duplicates. If not specified, duplicate rows are removed.

- Transact-SQL reference