» SSDs lose data if left without power for just 7 days. Something to keep in mind if you are storing your computer for a while, and definitely stick to mechanical drives for cold-storage backups (off-site and such.) #
» Looks like the Lakewood (Colorado) outdoor pools open May 22! Unfortunately the page doesn't list the hours but the city does claim to have listened to last year's survey results where people uniformly slammed the pools for having terrible hours (they used to close the pool at 5pm, even when it stayed light out until 9pm and was 100 degrees...) #
» Fun City entertainment complex to close May 31. It will always be known as "FunPlex" to me (of course when they tear it down and turn it into medical offices it will be known as "hey, you remember FunPlex?" #
» Engineers of addiction. In spite of how well I have done with slots - my first trip to Vegas was a huge win entirely on slots - I really can't stand them. They just seem so pointless and dreary to sit and play. #
» Subaru Parts Catalog. That is ridiculously handy, I love that it gives you exploded diagrams so not only can you ID your parts you can figure out how hard the replacement is going to be (helped someone replace their ball joint, wheel bearing and wheel hub over the weekend, this was incredibly helpful.) #
» I had a user have someone guess their password and use it to start sending out spam. This resulted in one of my servers getting it's IP put into several spam black-lists (no surprise, some 30,000 emails were sent before I caught it.) Here's a list of places you can check to see if you are being blacklisted.
» empty - run processes and applications under pseudo-terminal. Nice replacement for "expect" when doing scripting that requires interaction. Also available for Cygwin which is awesome. #
» Cube in a Cube in a Cube. This is amazing to me but the really staggering thing is he made the entire thing on a lathe. I would have thought a mill would be involved but I guess not. Shows what can be done in the hands of a skilled machinist.
» You Can Now Bulk Download from Flickr. While I maintain a Lightroom catalog that indicates which photos I've put on Flickr a full backup would still be nice (pretty sure the early ones I put on there were from before Lightroom existed so having a count of those would be good too.) Now if they'd let you pull all the metadata too (comments, favorites, etc) so you can have a true "backup" of your Flickr space that'd be great. At least they are finally moving in the right direction. #
» The Best Private Roku Channels, and How to Install Them. While I prefer my WDLiveTV Western Digital has made the curious decision to remove Netflix on the more recent models makes me think when mine finally dies I'll end up on Roku (which pisses me off since they require a credit card just to boot the damn device.) #
» Berlin in July 1945. It's shocking how "normal" this looks with so much destruction. I also noticed the giant picture of Stalin as soon as you drive into the Soviet side.
» The Roomba’s Cofounder Just Launched a Consumer Camera Drone. The price drop on this technology is staggering - this hexacopter looks to be under $500 with the onboard camera included. #