I recently purchased a Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1, which has been an absolutely stellar laptop so far, after immediately replacing Windows with Linux (specifically, Mint). One of the unfortunate things about Linux Mint is that it chooses to fallback DNS resolution to OpenDNS, which in the world of DNS is a sort of spyware. If… Read more »
By running these commands, you will download the necessary fonts required to render Emoji on your Linux machine. mkdir ~/.fonts && cd ~/.fonts wget http://download.damieng.com/fonts/redistributed/DroidFamily.zip unzip DroidFamily.zip && rm DroidFamily.zip wget https://github.com/stv0g/unicode-emoji/raw/master/symbola/Symbola.ttf Interestingly enough, I didn’t even have to restart my apps. Pidgin, for example, immediately displayed the new font. It seems the OS is smart enough… Read more »
I’ve been having a bad few days. Work just isn’t as fun as it used to be. I find myself throwing coworkers under the bus left and right; something I never used to do. Yesterday I sent an email to a third party that sounded a bit snarky (unintentional, but still). These are all classic… Read more »
Today I did a high-level presentation of Backbone.js, covering many of the same topics from my book. This video is a recording of my voice as well as the presentation. It was done in front of an audience of about 50 Barracuda Networks employees.
A friend linked to this game the other day: Cookie Clicker It’s really simple. You click something over and over, and you buy upgrades, and then some automated processes happen in the background. Open your console, and paste in the following commands. They will allow you to play the game automatically. Notice the $$; this… Read more »
I’m trying to make use of the latest version of ApacheBench (2.4.3) to perform some benchmarking against my local server. Unfortunately, it seems to be broke as hell. $ ab -n 100000 http://localhost:3000/analytics This is ApacheBench, Version 2.3 <$Revision: 1373084 $> Copyright 1996 Adam Twiss, Zeus Technology Ltd, http://www.zeustech.net/ Licensed to The Apache Software Foundation,… Read more »
It would be illegal to tell the users of your web service that you have been subpoena’d by the NSA and forced to give access to private customer data. However, would it be illegal to create a blog post every single day saying that the service has never received a subpoena, then stop creating new… Read more »
I use the following command to recursively download a bunch of files from a website to my local machine. It is great for working with open directories of files, e.g. those made available from the Apache web server. The following can be added to your .bash_profile or .bashrc script, depending on which your OS/distro recommends:… Read more »
So, yeah, I wrote this book: Amazon: Instant Backbone.js Application Development Packt: Instant Backbone.js Application Development The process took a couple months, despite the relatively short length of the book. You wouldn’t believe how many times the book has to go back and forth between the publisher and the writer! I’ll have to write about… Read more »
Lockdown: The coming war on general-purpose computing – Boing Boing.