27
November
2015

Happy Thanksgiving and the key to understanding

I’ve spend the last six months getting deeply into programming again and over and over I find that I learn differently than the way most tutorials take you. So here’s a quick list of new things I’ve learned and the fundamental idea that (at least of me cracked the nut) where there are usual one […]

25
November
2015

Argh basic bashism with set -e, -o pipe fail

Wow, it took me a long time to find these bugs, but I’ve been working on various bash scripts and I finally figure something out that is hard to know: There are a bunch of of bash safety checks that you can turn on. Most see great, but there are real gotchas. Here are two […]

22
November
2015

Basic security

OK, here are some quick notes about things you should do to get a basic level of privacy: Signal. This is a smart phone application that let’s you encrypt your calls and text messages. Its on IOS and Android and super easy. If you are a geek, then you can also try ChatSecure, the same […]

13
November
2015

Amazon COPPA and affiliates ugh

Well if you missed the notification, there is something called COPPA where Amazon has to certify it doesn’t advertise to sites that market to kids under 13. If you didn’t fill out the form by October 31, they close your affiliate account and invalidate all your tags. How nice legal things are.   Oh well, […]

11
November
2015

Lessons learned wrestling with cron and ssh

Well these last three days feels like a hard slog. Here are some of the tips for Linux geek, so hopefully you can avoid problems when you are just trying to get a regular job that will pull from a git repo and run an automated build. There are many systems available to do this, […]

09
November
2015

Changing passphrase with openssh

Ok, for the truly nerdy, if you just want to change your pass phrase on a ssh key, here is how to do it:   ssh-keygen -p -f _your private key file_   When you are doing this, you have a chance with the switch from an MD5 (not very safe) to a bcrypt with […]

07
November
2015

Outfitting a Honda Fit (no pun intended)

Well, a Honda Fit is an incredibly practical car. You can buy expensive accessories, but the after market is terrific: Floor mats. Rather than the factory ones, from Auto Anything, you can get custom fit nearly impervious ones for $99 less 6% off in a cilck through rebate and Retailmenot has a 15% off coupon. […]

06
November
2015

Making Unifi on Mac run

Uh, why did they do this, you cannot run Unifi.app in /Applications, it needs a writeable directory. So it needs to live in a writeable place like /Applications/Unifi/Unifi.app and make /Applications/Unifi writeable, but this didn’t seem to help. What did was to delete and reinstall and then it seemed to work after a reboot. I don’t know […]

05
November
2015

42 things you get for free with Amazon if you are up early

Wow, I don’t know why Amazon doesn’t advertise these things more, but I’m kind of stunned at the things you can get if you are Prime member now. You should sign up! In order. Well it isn’t 42, but it sure feels like it: Of course the obvious one is free two day shipping. Free […]

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