September 9, 2010
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April 19, 2010 1 Comment
April 19, 2010 1 Comment
Inspired by Tim’s 5 open source apps I spend the most time using, here’s my 2010 Essentials. In no particular order:
It’s interesting to see the changes to the list over the years. Jobs have changed but so have the tools, now all of the basic collaboration is done over the web.
March 9, 2010 2 Comments
For as long as I’ve been able to drive, cars have been my nemesis. It’s not that I’ve had many problems with them, but they’re just a mystery to me. No clue how they work, no clue how to fix them, no clue on what to buy. This is how a lot of people feel about computers.
Due to my complete lack of understanding, I get an insanely good feeling when I have any success with repairing a car.
Months ago my car wouldn’t start.
I could put my key in, but not turn it at all. The lock cylinder needed to be replaced.
During the ride home, my lovely fiance told me to get it towed. I said something to the effect of “we’ll see”. I poked around on the Internet reading about this problem.
Google. “2004 Ford Focus key won’t turn in the ignition”. Result 1. Hmm, it looks like I can start it by hitting the key with a hammer.
I got a ride to the car with my trusty hammer, bump the key and turn. It starts. HUZZAH! I had to have the lock cylinder replaced (~$100 locally) but I didn’t have to have it towed. I felt invincible. I conquered the car.
I was in Kansas City during August of 2006 and my old car’s driver side headlight went out.
For my Kentucky readers, this is a fairly big deal. Many other states are much more strict about driving with one headlight. I heard about this from some co-workers and I knew that I needed to fix the light myself, and soon. Two options: take it to the shop or be a man and fix it your damn self. I didn’t have any time to take it to a shop, so I stopped by an O’Reilly Auto Parts store on the way to DMac’s place and got the right part. Then I began to RTFM. The replacement was easy, but I felt like I was again, unstoppable. I conquered the car yet again.
This has all led to this week. Now my car’s driver side tail light is out. I haven’t changed a tail light, but I need some good mojo to conquer this beast.
The game plan is on Wednesday to again RTFM. I’ll also have my trusty fiance by my side to help out, and she knows more about cars than I ever will.
March 7, 2010 1 Comment
It’s been 9 years since I started blogging.
Today’s link to ponder is brought to you by Hacker News, my new Digg/Reddit/News Firehouse substitute:
The summary: A smart (and now famous) computer guy wouldn’t work the way everyone else wanted to because it slowed him down. The guy who wrote the letter is the older, experienced one who has this money quote:
When you were in college, did you ever meet bright kids who graduated top of their class in high-school and then floundered freshman year in college because they had never learned how to study? It’s a common trap. A friend of mine calls it “the curse of the gifted” — a tendency to lean on your native ability too much, because you’ve always been rewarded for doing that and self-discipline would take actual work.
Locally, our basketball team is going to the NCAA tournament. We went to the game last night and visited Shalimar for some quality Indian food.
Funny of the day, via a new awesome website F Yeah, Puns! (could be NSFW):
Honeymoon plans are slow. We’ve decided we don’t want to leave the continental US. Where should we go in August?
February 8, 2010
I’ll talk about the following today:
Question of the day:
You’re given an assignment. You’ve got to write an ethics essay. You wrote one two years ago for another class. Is it academically honest to reuse the paper? Why/Why Not?
Snow Based Hysteria
Having spent nearly all of my life south of Mason-Dixon, there’s nothing quite like watching fellow southerners respond to snow. This tweet sums it up pretty well:
Why do you need flour? If the power DOES go out, what r u planning on doing w/ it?
In case you’ve never experienced southern snow based hysteria – it’s amazing. It’s anarchy. Everyone’s preparing for Armageddon. Yes, we had an ice storm last year – many lessons were learned… but I seriously doubt the forecast justifies the wave of shopping that happened a couple of weeks ago. Watch the forecasts, people. Snow Forecasted != snowmygod / New Ice Storm. The big ice storm was pretty easy to see coming, remember:
See that purple and blue stuff? That‘s what you need to be freaking out about.
January 20, 2010
I’m in two classes this semester, Information Security and Project Management. Both courses are going pretty well so far, but I must say I am definitely ready to finish up grad school this summer!
We had engagement pictures taken this weekend. If you really want to see them, find a way to contact me and I can show them to you when I get them. We also got to see the McCallum family and their newest addition.
A while back I debated on a focus for the bofe blog. I even created another blog where I put my virtualization related postings.
But I’m a technical person, so you’ll probably see some tech focused entries here and there. It’s not the end of the world; I’ll try and make them applicable to most readers.
January 19, 2010
Yes, I use Twitter.
To get your questions out of the way:
Why? People I consider interesting use it
Do they care? They don’t necessarily consider me interesting
So no reciprocity? It isn’t Facebook; doesn’t matter
What do they post? Quality links, near real time news…
If I’m at the point where I’m pulling out my hair at work, I’ll post for help. It’s been helpful many times… much more helpful than IRC.
And that’s the kicker. Twitter is more helpful than IRC for quick problems or problems that have already been solved. I think it’s because of the character limit; you’re forced to word problems and solutions in a condensed way.
January 19, 2010
Restoring falls into one of two categories:
File Level Restores
File level restores are for those times where you accidentally delete/change a file and you’ve found out you need a previous version. Don’t worry: Windows 7 and something called Volume Shadow Service (VSS) have your back.
How to use file level restores:
If the file still exists, right click on it and go to the “Previous Versions” tab. Here’s what the “Previous Versions” tab looks like on a write up I’m doing for school about BlueCross BlueShield and information security:
Select the file you want and copy, open, or restore. Copying is probably your best bet. Restoration will overwrite it. Opening the file just reads it from your backup.
Image Level Restores
There are a few good articles online on this topic. If your system is gone you’ll need your trusty backup, but you’ll also need a system repair disc. Here are two great articles describing the process with pretty screenshots: