It is the day after Halloween, so that means it is countdown to Black Friday, or so I’ve been informed by advertisers. Amazon (as usual) will be doing Black Friday Deals Week. They will also, as usual, be doing a Countdown to Black Friday Week, starting today.
As the month progresses, I’m sure will see the major retailers and e-tailers provide information on their “doorbusters” and big ticket items.
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Lately, my computer’s hard drive has been filling up (this may or may not have something to do with Steam and Humble Bundles) and I realized the solution was to uninstall some of my games. But lo, just before I clicked that sad button, I realized that I had a spare hard drive that was just ripe for being an external steam library.
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During August I went and took my first “real vacation” in about 5 years, however I ended up having to work most of it. Unfortunately I’m still working on that elusive “real vacation”. During the times I wasn’t working, I spent some time reading The Node Beginner Book, and generally trying to learn Node.js. I’ve read a lot of technical books and honestly wasn’t expecting much out of a 60 page “book”, but I was honestly and pleasantly surprised.
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A little over a month ago we talked about the launch of the Ubuntu Edge indiegogo campaign. At that point I was highly skeptical that the campaign would meet the halfway point. Well, last week the funding closed and it was not even close.
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In May of 2012 there was a lot of hubbub over this new “Leap Motion” controller. I thought it sounded like a really cool idea (Who didn’t?), so I pre-ordered one. Much to my excitement it arrived while I was on vacation. Once I got back I had a chance to play with it… and I was much less excited.
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Yesterday at the office we discovered that GFI Vipre for Mac has a “small” run away logging problem. The antivirus logs to
/private/var/log/vipred_stderr.log – The latter of which being the problem file.
stderr on numerous machines was in excess of several gigabytes in size. While we never bothered to correctly address the issue, Alex “fixed” it by putting a script into JAMF Casper Suite to
rm the file. The file is recreated on Vipre service restarting, so we delete the file on logout/shutdown. Normal users could just delete it and reboot. If you run Vipre – check – you might save yourself a few gigabytes.
We started evaluating OpenDNS Umbrella at the office while back. While I’ve always been a big fan of OpenDNS (and even applied to work there once), I was reluctant to get into this “Umbrella” service. Not because I fear Umbrella Corp, but because it just didn’t seem useful. What little info I skimmed on the web wasn’t exactly what one would call exciting. After taking it for a spin, I’ve found that it actually is useful, though their marketing material is convoluted.
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Recently, I took Delta from San Francisco to the midwest which was about a 4 hour flight. Conveniently, the A320 I was on had Gogo Inflight Internet. As this was the first long-ish flight I’ve been on with internet (and I had work to get done), I decided to take it for a spin. Turns out it doesn’t suck nearly as much as I thought (except for the price).
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When one is going out for an evening of drinking and debauchery, one does not drive. This applies doubly so when one only has a motorcycle (2 Wheels + Booze = Quick way to get dead). So when I went out recently for a night in SF, I took a couple of trips with UberX.
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A little while back during my exploration of PHP IDEs, I evaluated Sublime Text 2. At that point I had found a number of nifty plugins for ST2, mostly for PHP development. Since then I’ve found even more plugins that I find useful/nifty/cool. They are not PHP specific and I do not use all of them on a regular basis, but I think they are all worth sharing. Of course, as my collection of shinies is always growing, I welcome suggestions (that’s what the comment section is for)!
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