Tab Dump – September 5th 2014 Ed.

Well, it’s that time again – too many tabs to be able to look myself in the face (in the mirror, of course)… If you’re a ‘regular’ reader of this ‘blog’, you know by now that these are pretty much the only posts that I do with any real regularity… Fluff of little value, I know – but here you have it… what I’ve been holding in my tabs for the past couple of weeks…

A visual proof that neural nets can compute any function
This apple ID has not purchased OS X Mavericks
Spider’Woman’s Big Ass is a Big Deal
Dockerizing a Node.js web application
Puppet Labs
10 of the Creepiest Unmarked Locations & Encounters in Fallout 3
A Javascript Quality Guide
Sandstorm
Hacker News – Turn Node Applications in Executables
Mailvelope
Microsoft Research – Drawbridge
Wiki – Artificial Neural Network
Productivity and the Workweek
A failed Experiment: How LG Screwed Up Its WebOS Acquisition
About Ruffner Mountain
Red Mountain Park
YMCA Memberships
RabbitMQ
Das Haus Birmingham! – Oktoberfest Schedule
It’s time to discover the “Neglected Master” of Science Fiction
Haskell Wiki – Functional Programming
F# – Getting Started
Hacker News

Tab Dump

TAB DUMP! Hello random reader! As you can likely tell from a quick look, I am far less active on this blog than I likely should be to justify its continued maintenance… This said, I’ve had it up for many years and so I don’t see it going away anytime soon…

In this spirit of stubborn indifference to reason and logic that I present you another ‘tab dump’ post – where I share what tabs are open in my browser currently (before I close them as I paste them in this post)… Oh, for joy! I know that you can hardly wait!

This seemed interesting – turing a RPi into a wireless router… Like many Raspberry Pis, mine is currently sitting in a drawer doing little more than collecting dust… I was previously using it as a local git repo, but it made little sense with the many other running PCs in my household with far more sufficient resources (namely storage space) than the Pi has… In an effort to find a use for it and having previously been in need of a new router (wound up replacing with a Buffalo with DD-WRT instead), I stumbled across this project in some reading and thought it neat – http://jacobsalmela.com/raspberry-pi-and-routing-turning-a-pi-into-a-router/

Leviathan Wakes – or does it? As a daily IO9 reader, I am frequently exposed to books that I think I’d like to read (but that I rarely do) – this was one such book.. http://www.amazon.com/Leviathan-Wakes-James-S-A-Corey/dp/0316129089?tag=io9amzn-20&ascsubtag=[type|link[postId|1588137170[asin|0316129089[authorId|5717795175536518860

Always looking for something new and fun to get into around the area, I found this post via Reddit and thought it had many interesting activities I could give a go before eventually departing the area – http://www.graspingforobjectivity.com/2014/06/35-things-to-do-in-birmingham.html

Back to the router bit – I needed a non-official/mainstream release for my new router(s) – http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/other-downloads

Additional router noise (one of 2 routers that I picked up) – http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=881386

Bootstrap 386 – I found this to be a pretty interesting Bootstrap theme and just have not been able to accept the fact that I will never actually use it for anything personally and so I keep it open in hopes that I will find a purpose 🙂 http://www.uicorner.com/bootstrap-386-theme/

Breaking Spotify DRM with PANDA – interesting read on getting around Spotify DRM (not that I do, just thought it an interesting concept when I saw the post on Hacker News) – http://moyix.blogspot.com/2014/07/breaking-spotify-drm-with-panda.html?

Beautiful Web Type – because who doesn’t like pretty things?! http://hellohappy.org/beautiful-web-type/?1

Web Design TutsPlus – Don’t quite remember why I Had this open, but hey! http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/

As someone who hates running out of juice (never know when the next prettiest food picture I’ve ever taken could be missed due to a dead battery on my phone)… After having recently picked up a bum RAVPower cheap-o external pack, I saw this highly recommended and about the same price, so I’ve kept it open in case I decide to actually pull the trigger – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IP1MQNK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00IP1MQNK&linkCode=as2&tag=happyexposure-20&linkId=MQFKNSFDS7J4NA2Q

As an avid listener to modern folk, I thought this was a pretty funny headline (though I don’t think I’ve made it much farther into the actual article)… Related: Spotify’s ‘Freak Folk’ station is pretty nice 🙂 http://www.avclub.com/article/folk-2014s-heaviest-music-206414

Because who doesn’t like feeling comparitively inadequate – http://www.laurencegellert.com/2012/08/what-is-a-full-stack-developer/

More fun local activities!!! http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2014/07/6_great_swimming_holes_to_visi.html

Mo.router.stuffs – http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Repeater_Bridge

Mo.mo.networks.stuffs – http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2237536&page=2

A new Rasp Pi that I can do nothing with?! Take another $35!!! http://www.raspberrypi.org/introducing-raspberry-pi-model-b-plus/

Because I generally spend my days toiling away trying to identify why some .Net lib isn’t working as expected or why a would-be-simple WCF service grows to 1GB memory utilization in 24hrs of uptime, I find that I often don’t scratch my curious itch when it comes to newer non-MS development type stuff… In that spirit, I’ve recently been reading up on Koa JS – http://koajs.com/#introduction

More Koa – https://github.com/koajs/examples/blob/master/404/app.js

… and finally… more Koa – http://dailyjs.com/2014/01/09/koa/

Whelp.. That’s about it.. I hope it was as good for you as it was for me…

Until next time – “CLOSE SOME OF THOSE TABS!”

Another weekend gone…

And as you may or may not know, this is a subject I am not generally super happy about…
Here I sit, 30 until midnight – acting as if I am a 4yr old fighting sleep.

Unlike a 4yr old fighting sleep, I am not tired.
I just do not want to go quickly nor quietly as my weekend is tore from me.

We were not done enjoying each others company nor ready to relinquish our time.

Under what authority am I being forced to forge ahead into yet another Monday?!

A travesty, I say!

I still assert that we ought time travel to meet with the man who originally setup the week of 5-and-2 –
So that we may have a very direct conversation about his askew arrangement
and impose our argument to right his horrible, horrible wrong.

Bah. Hum. Hum and Bah.

-Matt

A New Home

So, this is the first post of mattezell.info in its new home.  I decided to export my posts from my wordpress.com hosted account and post them to my newly, self-hosted WordPress install.

Of course, the next logical step in this process is to post the first post of mattezell.info v2.0 (ok, so perhaps like v12.0, but who can keep count?!).

Check back often… or not.. if history is any indicator, who knows when I will post again 😉

Restarting Vino-Server from CLI

As is often the case, I am posting this here just as much for myself as I am for others Googling this problem…

Sometimes Vino-Server on Ubuntu can be flaky, preventing me from logging in, even though it is showing as running. I recently stumbled onto a helpful thread at UbuntuForums that assisted me…

Using the following, you should be able to get Vino back to behaving…

you@machine-name:~$ export DISPLAY=:0.0
you@machine-name:~$ /usr/lib/vino/vino-server &

I find this particularly useful when I am able to SSH in, but can’t VNC…

Hope this helps someone!

-Matt

Wow. I never use this thing. [Inception]

So, I came to post a quick quip about how much I liked Inception today and realized how little I use my blog anymore.  Not that I have ever been a competitive blogger or anything of the sort, but it would seem that I have withered and dried up – at least so far as these posts are concerned (and likely reflect).

None the less, that is not the case (me withering and drying) as I have just been really, really (really) busy reading and trying to get myself up to speed as a professional programmer… Something that I am enjoying emensely (even though it sometimes feels as if I will never ever (ever) know enough to take a breath again – GOOD THING IT’S SUPA FUN!).

Speaking of something I have recently enjoyed (and my reason for sitting down 15 mins ago to begin writing this) – watching Inception (I’ll wait while you see what it is if you don’t know)… Oddly, there is more related between the first part of this post (developing as a developer) and the fun provided by Inception – conceptually at least… I have to say, I was genuinely entertained at the layering and constant thought provoking representations of recursion and Big-O concepts… I won’t go into it much more than that, but if you find this stuff interesting, you will likely enjoy aspects of the movie that may perhaps will be overlooked by “other watchers” of Inception.  Funny thing is, I get back home, head over to browse hacker news and quickly come to the realization that I was not alone in my CS-centric thoughts about the film – http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1526104

Aside from the mentally stimulating representation of CS-Theory-related concepts, there is PLENTY of eye-candy by way of perty explosions and mind-bending (and physically defying) scenery to keep you entertained – even if the exotic applications of recursion aren’t your cup of tea.

I’d give Inception an ‘A’.

GRUB2 – Link worth mentioning

After countless wasted hours, I feel this link is one worth making note of : Grub2 Ubuntu Community Documentation.  The defacto since 9.10, things are a bit different from how things were handled in ‘just Grub’.  After years of learning the ins, outs and peculiarities of Grub, having readily available access to docs on Grub2 is a necessity when tacking installs of the latest and *cough*used loosely*cough* “greatest” distro releases.  After tacking with a mismanaged auto install of Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) on my P5n-e SLI based desktop (Raid, SATA+IDE, SLI and the works), I just thing that this link merits special mention…

It was likely some 100 threads before clicking through to this very link, so here it is – preserved for your and my reference!

That time again…

As I roll into day 2 of f’Unemployment, my inbox is quickly filling with auto-response emails thanking me for my application. As I am sure will occur in the coming weeks with increasing frequency, I find myself asking “how did I get here?”
I mean, sure, I remember going to school. I remember making the drive up in hopes of finding work in the big city. I remember starting and ending my most recent 2 positions. But how did I get here? How did I get to be an educated, unemployed 29 year old unsure of what I wanted to be when I grow up?
‘Go to a good school and get a good job’ is what they said. What defines a good school and a good job escapes me still today – to be honest, I think this is becoming an increasingly hard thing to define as college has become the equivalent of high school and traditional ‘careers’ become merely jobs.
As I wrestle with finding work and weigh this against incurring additional student loans in pursuit of my Masters, I have to ask – “Is there a better way?” Is there some as-of-yet unknown way that I can market my particular skills and find a rewarding career in the field that I love?
Ok. Enough fruitless life musings – time to try and find some real (paying) work… A career? I don’t know if those exist anymore…