Mon: Jul 21, 2014

» iFixit Nexus 4 Teardown. Been working on my phone lately and this is nice to have. There's a ton of teardown videos on YouTube but the quality is highly variable. Drives me crazy when there's a 30 minute video for something I can accomplish in less than 5 minutes (doing it my first time no less).     #


» Oil and Gas Cash Abandons Udall in Colorado     #


» Google rescinds real name policy. After being asses about it for over a year they've finally stopped their crappy "real name" policy. Doesn't matter, I've changed mine to something more representative of how I feel and since it's in a foreign language they apparently took it just fine.     #


Thu: Jul 17, 2014

» Feds Hunting Mountain Bike Hater. WTF is wrong with some people?     #


Mon: Jul 14, 2014

» Altitude Steel. Went by and rummaged through their scrap bin over the weekend looking for some things for a project. Will definitely go back.     #


» trivago Travel Advice Calendar. Interesting, find the best time to go by price of hotel.     #


» Prison to Table: The Other Side of the Whole Foods Experience. I hadn't heard about that yet.     #


» List of films featuring time loops. Still amazed at some of the things you can find on Wikipedia...     #


» Lightroom Now Remains Mostly Functional Even if Your License Runs Out. Could be worse I guess.     #


» Xplain - Explaining X11 for the rest of us. This is great, I've learned quite a bit reading the couple short parts he's put up so far.     #


» Managing Werewolves. Sounds like an interesting game to play.     #


» Seriously, Do Not Track: Adblock Plus gives Facebook users a way to block its extended tracking efforts. I've had an anti-Facebook list as part of Adblock for a long time (that and I have been using Request Policy for the last couple months, they certainly aren't getting through.)     #


» Masters of Love. Much more interesting and informative than the title would lead you to believe...     #


» Cleaning a Firefox Profile. Handy at times.     #


» How to Dry Herbs. I like the Alton Brown method of jam them between two furnace filters and strap onto a box fan. Fast drying and works well for more than just a few sprigs...     #


» What's the closest equivalent of Little Snitch (Mac program) on Windows?. I was looking for something like this to help track down outbound connections. Too bad the recommendations listed are all pay solutions (nothing open source for this that I can find...)     #


» OctoberCMS. Saved for later in case I find a use...     #


» Application Shortcut Mapper - Adobe Lightroom. Nice visual display on the keyboard shortcuts available to different apps (I mostly care about Lightroom so that's what I focused on.)     #


» David J. Gingery, best known for his series of books on how to build machine tools. I'd love to track those books down, sounds amazing.     #


» Tindie. It's like Etsy but for hardware (indie hardware projects). Some really cool stuff in there.     #


» GitHub Cheat Sheet     #


» Tune Find - Find Music from TV and Movies. Handy.     #


» I tend to prefer to use Juniper VPNs on Virtual Machines since it tends to take over the machine it's being run on. Sometimes at work we come across a customer site that requires the Juniper VPN client to be connected. Usually I use a WinXP VM that I've had for years but the last client had some requirements that couldn't be met that way. Linux Mint VM to the rescue, except out of the box it won't connect. These links helped me get the connection up and running (the big trick was replacing Java. The second big trick was kicking this off as root in the terminal so you get the prompts that you need to get)...

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» The Summit, a Documentary About a K2 Climbing Team, is Now on Netflix. I watched this the other day and it reinforced the idea I have no interest in climbing big mountains...     #


» Tommy Ramone, Founding Member of Influential Punk Band, Dies at 62     #


» ClearSkies. Like Dropbox but self-hosted (I still use Owncloud but it's good to have competition.)     #


» Startpage Search Engine, the world's most private search engine. DuckDuckGo now has some competition?     #


» Video Processing at Dropbox. A bit old but I found it interesting and somewhat relevant to my work.     #


» SSHFS in Windows. Nice!     #


» Bookmarked for myself for later because I'll invariably forget this by the next time I need to use it...

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» Music Virtual University. $20/month for classes, tempting.     #


» Secure Network Backups in a Heterogeneous Environment in the Time it Takes to Have Pizza Delivered (All Using Open Source Software!) Naturally they recommend their solution but it is open source so why not. Nice guide.     #


» Can I Stream It - New on Netflix. Handy to get an idea of what's new in case your queue is empty...     #


» If Exercise Feels Like Work, Mindless Snacking May Follow. Attitude counts.     #


» Man Who Shot at Cops During No-Knock Raid Acquitted on All Charges. Wow, actual common sense?     #


Thu: Jul 10, 2014

» American Empire. I find it screwy a video like this even needs to exist.     #


» HOWTO Install a custom cert without "Your network could be monitored" message. Specific to Android phones (I had this come up when I was using my own instance of Owncloud from Paranoid Android.)     #


» PSA: Charge Your Camera Pre-Flight; the TSA Could Take It if It Doesn’t Power On. The on-going stupidity of the TSA never fails to amaze me.     #


» Transformers 4 is a master class in economics. Apparently there was a reason it was too long (seriously, if they'd ended the movie at the end of hour 2 I would have been content, adding that extra hour was just too much.)     #


Wed: Jul 09, 2014

» Colorado claims contraceptive program caused big drop in teen birth rates. And yet they still managed to squeeze in a quote by a religious nutbag about how it will encourage kids to have sex (as if anything the church does actually stops it.)     #


» Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day (the PDF is free!) Backed this one since I fully support what she's doing. I especially like how an extra $5 will give a copy of the book to someone in need     #


» Excavator mulchers. Wow.

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» Flickr Tweaks Its Photo Page… Again, Gets Relatively Positive Feedback. Finally a positive change after the mess they've made of the site.     #


» Guanella Pass Road Construction from May 2014 – October 2015. Good to know, wonder if it will impact the popularity of camping up there?     #


» Before they Disappear: Suburbs of Australia. Pretty sure I walked through an area like this while almost getting lost on my way to Ikea. I had definitely left the CBD ("Central Business District", every town in Australia seemed to have a CBD...)     #


» The Coolest Camping Van You Can't Buy In The USA. And not just because it costs nearly $100k...     #


Tue: Jul 08, 2014

» The Law You Won't Be Told. As always interesting stuff from CGP Grey.     #


» This Beautiful Video will Make You Drop Everything and Go Climbing. Very well done.     #


» Kickstarter: Makebus. Love the concept, but it's in New York so there's limited chance it'll come by my place...     #


» Here’s why cops should be required to wear a lapel camera while on duty. Duh moment in the article:

"When you put a camera on a police officer, they tend to behave a little better, follow the rules a little better," Rialto's police chief William A. Farrar recently told the New York Times. "And if a citizen knows the officer is wearing a camera, chances are the citizen will behave a little better."
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» Face-Off: Facebook vs. Reality. Sad but encouraging this is being written about (sad in that it shouldn't even need to be mentioned that FB is horrible.)     #


» The Town that went Underground. Interesting, when I was in Melbourne the TV stations reported the weather there but I had no idea it was all underground (not to mention the name made me giggle a little.)     #


Mon: Jul 07, 2014

» Wooden Ghettoblaster Makes Use Of Recycled Parts. Hah, awesome.     #


» 'Artisanal' Ramen? Instant Noodles Get A Healthy Dose Of Hacking. But that's not how they were meant to be eaten, only with that packet of the saltiest salt they manufacture!     #


» Kids Can't Use Computers... And This Is Why It Should Worry You. I also hear that all the time "kids are so good with computers!" No, no they are not, they are good at looking at Facebook. Major difference.     #


» The Elements of HTML. Neat, and I like how it covers history as well.     #


» 7-Eleven Cuisine Saves This Surf Trip. This made me laugh because when I end up in Asia there is always at least 1 trip to 7-11 for dinner (doubly-so in South Korea where even a Chinese co-worker ate dinner every night at 7-11, so it's not just an American thing...)     #


» DavDroid Configuration, tells you how to setup various calendars and contact servers (I use Owncloud and while I've bought a couple apps off Google Play I've started using the open-source DavDroid on other people's phones.) Step one is getting an SSL cert, though using a self-signed SSL certificate under Apache works just fine.     #


Wed: Jul 02, 2014

» Google Nexus 4 (LG E960) Screen replacement.DIY tutorial. This is one of the better videos I've found (and one that gets to the point - there's another video on YouTube that is 28 minutes long! I don't think it took me 28 minutes to do the whole replacement and it was my first time...) Two weeks ago my phone fell off the patio table and in spite of having a bumper case hit just right to shatter the digitizer (screen). The LCD was ok, I just couldn't get the phone to respond to any screen presses that happened below the top 1/3. So I ordered a replacement LCD/Digitizer combo from Repairs Universe and a solid set of phone tools from Amazon. Both items came fairly quickly, today was just the first time I felt I had the time to devote to it.

The dis-assembly went fine, the biggest trouble I had was getting some of the old glass out of the corner where it had fractured the worst (and where there was the most surface area for glue to hold all the little pieces.) Fortunately also I have an industrial heat gun, so being able to heat the thing up without using something slow like a hair drier was nice. Put it all back together and everything is working as it should be. Since I'd bought a replacement Nexus 4 off Craigslist in the interim I am now taking the time to do a full phone backup and flash an updated CM11 ROM. Then I'll have my old phone back and have a nice upgrade for Jenn...     #


» Striking Adventure Sports Photography: An Interview with Garrett Grove. Beautiful images.     #


» GAMER Eats - Pizza Leias. Made these last week with the 13 year old, did some with pesto and goat cheese and some with pepperoni and tomato sauce. And of course we used a pizza dough recipe that I had, none of that store-bought crap for us. Came out pretty good though we have some ideas on making it better (chiefly doing them on a cookie sheet rather than packed into a 9x13 baking dish...)     #


» Giant Bubble Net. Very impressive, and you can make your own from: How to Make Giant Bubbles.     #


» Eclipse Chewy Mints. Oh why can't we have these in the US? I brought a pack from Australia home with me and then realized how much I liked them...     #


» Tutorial: How to Quickly Fix Skin Redness Using the HSL Sliders in Photoshop. Red creeps into quite a lot of portraits and affects the perception of skin tones, it's worth taking some time to see if it's there and get rid of it.     #


» CHDK Elph 330 HS. Hooray! Downloaded and installed great via ACID     #


» Sleep as a Competitive Advantage     #


» Apple to cease development of Aperture. Bummer for those users, hope someone creates an "Export to Lightroom" tool...     #


» What Your Cell Phone Can’t Tell the Police. Location data, unless you specifically have it turned on, isn't as accurate as they might think. Not that it will stop them from claiming 100% accuracy and using it in convictions...     #


» Here’s What the Future of Reading Looks Like. That sucks, I really like the e-ink screen and being able to go a month between charges. My Nook gets daily use, especially when I travel (even though I have a phone and a tablet...)     #


» Sandstorm Personal Cloud Server. Looks interesting, it's an ISO to install your own server with "apps" that will download and install automatically.     #


» Universal Nexus Linux Toolkit. Awesome, the drivers under Windows are hit and miss (they'll load one time and not the next), hopefully this is more stable.     #


» Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules. Assholes in the government are at it again.     #


» World map of natural hazards. Interesting.     #


Wed: Jun 25, 2014

» Simple Tricks Can Tame The Taste Of Broccoli And Its Cousins. I've grown to really enjoy the taste of raw broccoli, but that may just be me...     #


» Free Your Android. Some good alternatives to the apps that track your every move. My phone's screen cracked recently so while I waited for the replacement screen to arrive I bought the same model off Craigslist, but this one had been updated to EhnDroix which is based on CyanogenMod 11. My current broken phone is CM10, as soon as I fix that screen I'm upgrading to this ROM (and continuing to use things from F-Droid that I trust...)     #


» Thunderbird Mail - Rebuilding the Global Database. Interesting that the only way to compact it is to delete it altogether.     #


» Lily Shred. Wow, I used to think my dog was fast...

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» The Feature Google Killed The + Command For — Direct Connect — Is Now Dead. Short-sighted jackasses.     #


» yunohost. Linux distribution geared towards self-hosting very useful tools (your own email, Dropbox clone, website, etc, etc.)     #


» Thermodo Heat Map. Neat idea but it makes me sad they are putting so much effort into the Apple app and ignoring the Android version.     #


» Try 'I Tradizionali,' A Temporary, Culinary Tattoo. That's awesome, maybe it'd get the 14-year old to actually do something in the kitchen...     #


» Supreme Court Says Phones Can’t Be Searched Without a Warrant. Not only does the decision make sense but it was unanimous? When was the last time the Court hit both of those at once?     #


Tue: Jun 24, 2014

» Cut Your Cake And Keep It (Fresh), Too. By using math!     #


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