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Grilled Opah

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Well it’s also called Hawaiian moon fish, but it’s apparently more sustainably caught than tuna. We tried this Food & Wine recipe and was really surprised how tasty the fish is. The main thing is not the sauce but  a little salt and quite a bit of oil to keep it from sticking to the […]

too cool f15 strike eagle low level

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Wow, Jalopnik found a GoPro dream. A low level flight through the mountains of Washington in an F15E Strike Eagle. I can remember spending hours in a simulator of that jet flying around looking for targets. Like this:Like Loading…

Grokking Gstreamer

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Well as I’m kind of someone who is knows how to use Play Doh trying to build the Empire State Building, but in a week or so of hacking and understanding Gstreamer. Here are some of the conclusions: Wow, this thing really has no documentation. There is a huge command reference manual, but really the […]

Linux benchmarking

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Well now that we are trying new Linux machines from VMware Fusion to Zotac, it’s interesting to see how fast they really are. Phoronix seems like the top hit and their 4.x suite is available as a Debian repository sudo apt-get install phoronix-test-suite How easy is that. If you want their latest tests, then you […]

Updates on Zotac CI540 Nano and SSDs for a silent $600 desktop

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Well that Zotac box is sure nice at $370. It is only 1.5GHz, but ultra quiet and we paired it with a screamer drive (the SanDisk Extreme Pro for $299) and 8GB of Crucial SO-DIMM memory for $68. The only wish is that it would have 16GB or two slots worth. So a nice simple […]

Sudoers hacking

Sudoers hacking

If you are constantly have to type your password in due to a long installation (like a few hours), then here’s the trick. Add the following line with   ““ sudo visudo   You should use visudo so that it checks your sudoers file and makes it work, but to exempt a user from ever […]

Free certificate

Free certificate

Paying $200 for an SSL certificate which is really just a set of numbers does seem ridiculous. Now there is a free service for this called Let’s Encrypt (http://letsencrypt.com) Like this:Like Loading…

There is happiness…Full frame A9 early 2015

There is happiness…Full frame A9 early 2015

The mirrorless E-mount A9 will have all the things needed to be “PRO”: Worlds fastest autofocus in normal light conditions Close to 50MP FF sensor weather sealed body Can’t wait to see this! Like this:Like Loading…

Google Hangouts and Skype on Linux

Google Hangouts and Skype on Linux

Talk about mysterious, if you actually want to use this particularly on VMWare Fusion, there doesn’t seem to be much documentation: Google Hangout starts and looks to see what active /dev/video[0-9] are open. That is, if you want this to work, your webcam needs to be active or any synthetic source you create with v4l2loopback […]

Mac and iOS forgets mail passwords

Mac and iOS forgets mail passwords

This is a really annoying bug that seems to happen very regular on some systems. It looks like this has something to do with mail transport bugs and the wrong error being reported according to Stackexchange I’m running Mac OS 10.8.1 and have a (personal) Gmail and a (work) Google mail account setup inside Mail […]

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