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Archive for August, 2013

Does Steve Jobs know how to code?

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2013/08/30

Everyone thinks Steve Jobs was a visionary and he gets a lot of credit for turning Apple into a very large money making machine. However did he have any real technical skills ? Seems that someone asked Woz (As in Steve Wozniak aka “The Woz” Co-founder, Apple Computer Inc., Chief Scientist, Fusion-io) about Steve Jobs coding skills.

If you want to know what he had to say then click here and find out !



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Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Fall Semester 2013

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2013/08/29

Looking for some free online classes? Lifehacker.com has a post that goes into the topic and gives you a nice list of options. Click here for the article

“Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school—freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when you learn it. We’ve put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this fall for our latest term of Lifehacker U, our regularly-updating guide to improving your life with free, online college-level classes. Let’s get started.”



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Frost Flower’s

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2013/08/26

I received this in an email from a friend, and found it fascinating. Looked it up in wikipedia so it seems to be real. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frost_flower

Here are a few more links on the topic  –>>  npr.org  or  Soultography.com  

It is as beautiful as it is rare. A frost flower is created on autumn or early winter mornings when ice in extremely thin layers is pushed out from the stems of plants or occasionally wood. This extrusion creates wonderful patterns which curl and fold into gorgeous frozen petioles giving this phenomenon both its name and its appearance.

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Linux System IO monitoring

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2013/08/26

This one is for Linux geeks.

Was looking for something to show me io stats for the SSD on one of our servers. While I ran across dstat which produced a lot of nice data in very readable format

Click on the picture to see the details.


Then I ran across this site that discussed the topic and thought that I would share as it seems like a nice write up with decent examples/


Plus monitoring disk Io can be done by multiple tools like the following. So we have a lot of options to use.

  1. Iostat
  2. Iozone
  3. SAR
  4. vmstat

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Someone Figured Out How To Show The Most Popular GIFs Being Tweeted In Real Time

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2013/08/26

Now on a totally non-tech (expect for I would like to know how they are trolling twitter for just gif’s from everyone) we have a few smart folks that want to help you keep track of the most shared gif on twitter.  So if you were wondering what got the most ‘hits’ on twitter now you can find out….



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‘Dungeon Keeper’ coming to Android this winter

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2013/08/23

I could use a good game for my Nexus 7. Hope this one is worth testing.

‘Dungeon Keeper’ coming to Android this winter http://www.androidcentral.com/dungeon-keeper-coming-android-winter

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NSA surveillance illegal but don’t expect it to stop.

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2013/08/21

Ran across this one today. It confirms what some of us think. The sad thing is that despite the court ruling don’t expect any changes.


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Learning about tech tools from a Master Bartender in Las Vegas

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2013/08/20

I ran across this post about Ted Dziuba. He is a senior engineer at eBay, which had acquired his start-up back in 2010. Seems he was in Las Vegas recently and got a life lesson about working, tools and always doing your best from the bartender.

Worth reading and am reporting the links below.

Original post: http://teddziuba.com/post/58003369831/mastering-the-craft

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/a-coder-walked-into-a-bar-and-learned-a-life-lesson-about-work-we-all-need-to-remember-2013-8#ixzz2cZuz4aRy

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Some writing tips from ELMORE LEONARD

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2013/08/20

This is from an article that he wrote back in 2011. I ran across it today while reading about his passing. Considering how successful he was as an author it just might be good advice.

WRITERS ON WRITING; Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle

These are rules I’ve picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I’m writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what’s taking place in the story. If you have a facility for language and imagery and the sound of your voice pleases you, invisibility is not what you are after, and you can skip the rules. Still, you might look them over.

1. Never open a book with weather.

If it’s only to create atmosphere, and not a character’s reaction to the weather, you don’t want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways to describe ice and snow than an Eskimo, you can do all the weather reporting you want.

For the rest of the article go to the following link.


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