Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How Does Google Work?

How Does Google Work?

Infographic by PPC Blog

Java 4-Ever Trailer

Great Video, thank to Marbalopolis for sharing.

BTW, I only use .Net when necessary and haven't done much Java recently.

The History of the iPhone

My bookmarks for 06/30/2010

  • "Just as you are able to surf the net with a few tricks to help make things easier, IRC is very similar. Below you will find some of the more common IRC commands that we use often. For a far more complete list, please visit our mIRC Commands page. "

    tags: irc, cheatsheet

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

My bookmarks for 06/29/2010

  • ASCIIcasts are text versions of each Railscast, each with a link to the original video.

    tags: ruby, rails, screencasts, asciicasts

  • How to build a WinPE Image 3.0 Manually

    tags: Windows 7, WinPE

  • "The process of creating a Windows PE 3.0 disk has changed slightly from the previous version. Luckily the Windows PE User’s Guide that ships with the WAIK has all the information you’ll ever need. To get started download the WAIK for Windows 7 RC here. Then follow the steps in the section “Windows PE Walkthroughs”. I’ve provided the batch file I use to create a generic WinPE 3.0 ISO below."

    tags: Windows 7, WinPE

  • "batch command to build custom Windows 7 PE using winre image, mount wim image using dism, add additional file/registry, save wim image and create bootable ufd using diskpart to be used with Windows 7 PE.
    it has additional tasks also to make back up entry of installed Windows 7 so you can use UFD to boot current windows 7"

    tags: Windows 7, WinPE

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

New books to read

Had to restore my iPhone in order to get my 3G data to work. Because of this I lost the configuration of all of my applications. The good thing is that I was able to clean up some applications that I wasn't using anymore.

Anyway, I lost all of the books I had in Stanza and had to re-download books to read. Here is my new list so far:

I apologize for the lack of formatting, but the WordPress application on my iPhone doesn't have many options. I'll update this post with links to the books.

Friday, June 25, 2010

My bookmarks for 06/25/2010

  • "Swatch isn't a cleverly designed watch from the 1980s but you'll think it's just as handy (and cleverly designed) as one. Like Logwatch, swatch is a perl script that watches your logs but swatch watches them for regular expressions that you configure. Swatch will notify you via mail or the console screen (stdout) when it matches the configured log file entries with your watchfor directives."

    tags: linux, system, administration, logs, monitoring

  • "Standalone Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers provide file level storage to heterogeneous clients, enabling shared storage. This article presents the basics of NAS units (NFS servers) and how you can create one from an existing system. "

    tags: nas, linux, system, administration, server

  • "In a recent walkthru we outlined the steps for taking an existing server and converting it into a NAS box. That article assumed that you already installed Linux on the server and you will maintain that installation (i.e. updates, security, etc.). This article takes examines an alternative: a dedicated NAS distribution called OpenFiler that allows you to very simply create a stand-alone NAS box that can be administered over the web. "

    tags: nas, linux, system, administration, server

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Highschool Of the Dead Anime TV Trailer

Gakuen Mokushiroku, Highschool of the Dead, HOTD, or 学園黙示録 are all name for one of the best Zombie stories I've read so far. HOTD originally a Manga written by Daisuke Satou and illustrated by Shouji Satou. The story starts of with the zombie infestation in full effect and follows a group of High school students as they escape from school and begin their trek through the city.

The Manga had gone through a 10-11 month hiatus and it started to look pretty dim for those of us hooked on this great story. All of a sudden the story picked back up around March 2010 due to it being adapted into an Anime series. News of the series had been sketchy for some time until recently when it was announced that the new series would air on July 5th.

Today I would like to share with you the Trailer of the series which I came across on YouTube. I really recommend you pick up the Manga if you're a zombie fan, you won't regret it.

You can find more information on the Manga and Anime on MyAnimeList:

My bookmarks for 06/24/2010

  • Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow?

    Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen?

    During the day, computer screens look good—they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun.

    F.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

    It's even possible that you're staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.

    tags: Software, monitor, windows, mac, display, color

  • Dokan library :User mode file system library for windows; FUSE for windows.

    Dokan Ruby binding: Ruby extension to write a windows file system.

    Dokan.NET binding: .NET library to write a windows file system.
    Dokan SSHFS

    Dokan SSHFS is a program that mounts remote file systems using SSH.

    tags: windows, filesystem, ruby, .net, ssh, sshfs, development

  • Add-ons empower millions of Firefox users to personalize their browser's form and function. Why not show off your smarts by creating an add-on the whole world can use? Tools and tutorials you find here make it simple. So take a look and put your ingenuity in motion.

    tags: firefox, extensions, development

  • Compared to other programming languages, Python and Ruby are so similar that hearing arguments between them is like trying to figure out which identical twin is more handsome.

    But there are differences, and not only in the languages! The Seattle Python community represented there was almost painfully polite. People sat silently for 3-5 minutes between talks while the speaker plugged in to the projector. I rudely whispered to my neighbor, eager to discuss the ideas presented.

    During the talks, people mostly sat and listened to the speaker. Many Ruby conferences in the USA are half full of hackers with laptops open, coding away at a project and jeering the speaker over IRC. Not here.

    I later learned that this may be an attribute unique to Seattle Python developers. After all, we’re the city that gave the world the Uptight Seattleite and where drivers with the right-of-way stop to let cyclists turn left in front of them.

    tags: python, ruby

  • The focus of this template is on a design agency that offers a range of web-based services. The primary aim of the page we’re designing, therefore, is to promote what the business does and what services they provide.

    This is the first part of a tutorial on building a clean business website. This first part will focus on creating the design in Photoshop, and in the second part, will focus on converting the PSD outcome to a working XHTML template.

    tags: design, web, photoshop

  • In this tutorial I’ll be walking your through the process of creating a photography/portfolio style web layout.

    tags: photoshop, web, layout, photography, Design

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance" Message

Just tried to do an Update Plug-in on "WPtouch iPhone Theme" and out of nowhere I get a page with "Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance" on, the first thing that goes through my mind is "when was my last backup?", well the answer to that is not soon enough.

So I sit there starring at the screen for about 15 seconds and fire up an SSH session over to my server and take a look at the root directory for my WordPress install and notice that then only file with today's date is .maintenance, after a quick Google search I find out that WordPress places the file during an automatic upgrade to prevent visitors from a broken site due to theme or plug-in upgrades and will remove the file if the update is not interrupted.

So, if you get a "Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance" message where your blog should be, just delete ".maintenanace" from your WordPress root directory. The worse that could happen is that the upgrade/update is still in progress and you run the risk of showing a broken site to your visitors.

Browser Wars

I have this love/hate relationship with Firefox. I love the browser, but hate the beast that it is.

I have a bad habit of working with the same session for days without restarting Firefox and it just becomes a resource hog. This happens across the board with Windows, Mac and Linux. This is the reason a keep trying new browsers and lately have tried to make the switch and end up coming back to Firefox after a few weeks every time.

My last two attempts were first with Safari 5 and then with Chrome.

I've always liked Safari and with the addition of extension to version 5, I thought that I could make the switch. In the end I only lasted a week with Safari 5 mainly because of the lack of Linux support and I really missed having a Firefox Sync counterpart.

Next I moved over to Chrome which is also very speedy like Safari and includes sync and linux support. This time around I lasted two weeks (I always end up using Chrome for about two weeks each time I try to switch). It's going to sound a little stupid, but I really miss the Save/Save & Quit from Firefox and I also think that Firefox Sync is just awesome. Another reason I've come back to Firefox is the extensions, Firefox extensions are more like application and no just a pretty wrapper around html/js like Chrome and Safari handle extensions.

Anyway, I'm back on Firefox and these are the extension which add enough value to put up with the current lack of HTML5 and the resource usage:
1. Adblock Plus 1.2 -- Ads were yesterday!
2. Add-on Collector 1.1.1   -- (none)
3. Aviary -- Access the Aviary web site and tools.
4. BetterGmail 2 1.2 -- Enhances Gmail with a compilation of user scripts and styles. All scripts copyright their original authors. Click on the script homepage in the Help tab for more information.
5. CLEO 4.3 -- Create multi-addon install package (Cleopack)
6. ColorZilla 2.0.2 -- Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Page Zoomer and other colorful goodies
7. Diigo Bookmarks and Web Annotations -- Bookmark, highlight, and add sticky notes on any web page. Save your bookmarks on the web so you can access them anywhere.
8. Extension Manager Extended 2.8.1 -- Use the extension manager to view the id and the folder of an extension.
9. FEBE -- Backup your Firefox data
10. Fasterfox Lite 3.8.2Lite -- Performance and network tweaks for Firefox, without the Enhanced Prefetching.
11. Firebug 1.5.4 -- Web Development Evolved.
12. Firefox Sync 1.3.1 -- Synchronize your bookmarks, history, tabs and passwords wherever you go. Whether you use Firefox on your phone, laptop, or desktop, securely access all your data.
13. Flagfox 4.0.6 -- Displays a flag depicting the location of the current server
14. FlashGot -- Enables Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Netscape and Thunderbird to handle single and massive ("all" and "selection") downloads using the most popular external download managers for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD (dozens currently supported, see Extension's Home Page for details). FlashGot offers also a Build Gallery functionality which helps to synthetize full media galleries in one page, from serial contents originally scattered on several pages, for easy and fast "download all".
15. FootieFox 2.1.10 -- Soccer scores, live and almost instantly.
16. Greasefire 1.0.4 -- Automatically find Greasemonkey scripts on
17. Greasemonkey 0.8.20100408.6 -- A User Script Manager for Firefox
18. OPIE 1.2.3 -- Import/Export extension preferences
19. Prism for Firefox 1.0b3 -- Create Prism applications directly in Firefox
20. Restart Firefox 0.3 -- Restart Firefox with ease
21. Session Manager -- Saves and restores the state of all windows.
22. Stylish 1.0.9 -- (none)
23. TinEye Reverse Image Search 0.7.1 -- Adds TinEye search context menu item for images.
24. WebDeveloper 1.1.8 -- Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.
25. feedly 2.x -- A magazine-like startpage
26. greasedlightbox 1.1 -- Enhances browsing on websites that link to images such as Google Image Search, Flickr, Wikipedia, MySpace, deviantART, FFFFOUND!, and Blogger blogs. Use left and right arrow keys to cycle through images on page.