libxml2.so "undefined reference to ucnv*" in Gentoo Linux

I broke my Gentoo installation some time ago and could never progress through package upgrades due to libxml2 failing compilation with undefined reference errors.

Dell Laptop Stuck In Airplane Mode on Windows 10 Following Driver Update

After updating the drivers for my Dell laptop, it was stuck in airplane mode permanently. The specific model I have is Latitude E6540. The standard solution you can find online is to hold Fn + Print Screen, or Fn + F2 to toggle airplane mode. However, that didn't do anything for me. Here's what I did, which did work:

xdm not executing Xstartup

I had a perplexing issue with XDM. I followed these instructions to add a shutdown button to the login screen for XDM. This is for a laptop, so I'm not really concerned about unauthorized people clicking it and shutting down long-term processes. The tricky part is that the process creating this button needs to be killed just after a user successfully authenticates. This can be done in the Xstartup script for XDM, as you can see from the manpage:

Deleting All Mezzanine Comments

My Mezzanine blog-site got hammered with a lot of spam. I'm using a multisite installation with lots of settings files, so my ./manage.py shell doesn't work right, making it a bit harder to get lazy access to the database abstraction layer.

Building an Ada Toolchain for AVR (Arduino) on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS x64

This is an adventure! I kept all of my stupid failures in here in case someone else is also lazy and stupid. Behold, the Internet age!