Quick Review: Klipsch Image S4i Rugged

image-S4-i-rugged For about a year now I’ve had a set of the Klipsch Image S4i Rugged earbuds and it is high time they got a quick review. I’ve had some of the other Klipsch earbuds and while they’ve worked well, they’ve all eventually failed on me. Normally this would be upsetting, but as I wear my earbuds a great deal, often when doing things like riding my motorcycle, their death is expected. Regular earbuds just don’t handle water and incremental weather. However the S4i have survived quite well.

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First day’s results for Windows 10

Something happened

Something happened

So the results are in from the first day of the Windows 10 release, and they are mixed. John has gone through the the upgrade process successfully on two machines (Windows 7 Home and Windows 7 Pro). In my case I got the wonderful “Something happened” when trying to write a USB installer (from two different machines). Eventually I broke down and downloaded the Windows 10 ISO from MSDN and burned it to a USB using the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool. It annoys me a great deal when there’s an error with no diagnostics information, fortunately I could work around it.

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Are you ready for Windows 10 day?

Windows-10 Tomorrow will see the release of Windows 10 to the general public. Normally I would have long ago tested/reviewed Windows 10 myself, but I didn’t have time until recently so I’m waiting patiently for the release like everyone else. While Microsoft’s most notable product has generally been lamented through the years, Windows 10 is seeing a lot of very positive reviews. The last few months has also seen a blitz of marketing which centers around “of course, the start menu is back” and “Free upgrades” which are both popular choices with the user base. As soon as I get a chance to bump a Windows device, I’ll report back, until then… happy upgrades!

The urban garden goes experimental

IMG_8397Date Line: 2015-06-28

It hasn’t been long since our last visit to the garden, less than a week in fact. However I had some free time and decided an experiment was in order. What you see pictured to the right is the mint plant, which had done fairly well since I replanted it way back in April. Unfortunately, it had done so well since some of the new shoots were dying and all of the leaves were stunted in size. The mint had outgrown its pot, again.

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Need to focus? Enjoy some rain.today

2015-07-22 15_24_26-Rain.today - Your Daily Source of Natural Rain SoundsWe live in a world with tons of distractions. Trying to get into the “flow” is hard enough without your phone, IM, or email trying to get your attention… then suddenly the wail of a passing fire engine completely derails you. If you work in an “open office” (like I did until recently) possibly the single most common sight is that of people wearing headphones. What do/should you listen to though? Why don’t you give Rain.today a try?

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SocketIO IRC-style Tutorial – Part 4 – The client code

This is the 4th post in a multi-part tutorial series on Socket.io. See Part 3 here.

In today’s section of the tutorial, we’re going to be discussing the chat client. This is a single page with all the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript rolled into one. It’s bad form for production use but, again, we’re all for simplicity in this tutorial. Since we’re on the client (i.e. browser) side of the code, everything we’re covering today will be in JavaScript with some jQuery (as opposed to the NodeJS from Part 3). Of course, we’ll also be using the SocketIO client side libraries as well.

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A “taste of Chef” at the AWS Popup Loft SF

IMG_9199 Over a year ago, Amazon Web Services built their nifty Popup Loft in San Francisco. Since then they’ve hosted a ton of cool events, including a very regular series of all day, hands on labs. The labs are free, everything is provided, even lunch. There’s one critical issue (for most people): getting time off work to go to the lab is hard! Fortunately for me (and several others in the class) I’m between jobs, so I have time to attend and get all educated.

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SocketIO IRC-style Tutorial – Part 3 – The server code

This is the 3rd post in a multi-part tutorial series on Socket.io. See Part 2 here.

In today’s portion of the tutorial, I’ll be explaining the server side (NodeJS) code in a bit more verbosity than the comments. A fair portion of this will simply be explaining the “why” of each section of code. Additionally, since we haven’t discussed the client side code, I’ll be enumerating on the missing links between the two where necessary.

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The Urban Garden gets some guidance

IMG_7804 Date Line: 2015-06-23

It has only been a few weeks since our last visit to the garden, but it was time for an important upgrade. Tomatoes are a type of shrub and while they grow upwards a good bit, they also REALLY like to grow outwards. If you want to get the most out of tomatoes, they need support and guidance to grow tall, rather than wide. Plus if you’re growing a garden on a patio, like me, and don’t have the space – they doubly need help.

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