Wednesday, December 23, 2009

better privacy add-on breaks delicious bookmarks. A fix

If you've tried the better privacy add-on for firefox and you have a delicious account, you'll find it breaks your cookies that log you in to your delicious account. Even after you've uninstalled the plugin - it still breaks delicious.


The easy fix. After uninstalling the better privacy add-on, in your address bar type about:config. click the button to say, "ok, I won't break anything." Next, in the filter bar at he top, type in delicious. you'll find a line that says:

extensions.ybookmarks@yahoo.delicious.logout.status

change this value to "keep" without quotes.

done!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Geek 2.0


I think they missed the mark. I know geek is becoming cool, but something has got to differentiate true geeks from geek chic.

really, anyone?

D9C

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Wordpress permission tip: b4 uploading to server

Here's a great tip for Wordpress users who have a linux server. To help from becoming hacked, your files and folders need to have certain permissions so that they can't be edited without your knowledge.

In order to set your permissions, some may instinctively choose an FTP client. This is ridiculously harder than it needs to be. I've found the easiest way is to use two shell commands: find and chmod.

I setup my wordpress files by
Installing XAMPP, that way I have a nice environment (localhost) to test, edit, and tweak my webpage. I don't have to worry about somebody messing with my files.

When it was time to migrate my wordpress to my host, I want to change the file and folder permissions to what is
prescribed by Wordpress. There are over 4,000 files in several directories, a daunting task for an FTP program -- but not for the command line!

In the command line:
chmod -R 755 /your/directory/

will change the permission of all files "recursively" (it will drill down into the sub-directories). Depending on if you own the file, you may need to run sudo in front of this command (sudo chmod...)

Every file and folder will have the permission setting of 755. This is only half the trick.

Next we are going to make all the
files 644.

The following will recursively search your directory tree (starting at the current directory) and chmod 644 all files only:

find ./ -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;

After I've run these commands, I can then upload them to my hosting site with all the correct permissions. Or, if you ssh'd into your server, you're already done. Compare that to an hour or two of mouse clicking or having a hackable webpage. >_<

As I write this, I tried to upgrade my 1and1 hosting plan to "business" so that I could ssh in to my server and tinker using the command line. But alas, they are closed for the holiday.


D9C

Monday, August 17, 2009

64bit native flash driver ubuntu linux

Adobe fixed a bug I was tracking and released an update to their 64bit native flash for Linux. I've updated the code located on a very useful post to give you this bash script. Open up your favorite text editor and paste the contents below. Save the file and (from the command line) use chmod +x to make it executable. After that, execute the file with: ./yourfilename


#!/bin/bash
# Script created by
# Romeo-Adrian Cioaba romeo.cioaba@spotonearth.com
# ...then adapted for latest version of 64 bit flash by voodoologic
# headley.douglas@gmail.com

echo "Stopping any Firefox that might be running"
sudo killall -9 firefox

echo "Removing any other flash plugin previously installed:"
sudo apt-get remove -y --purge flashplugin-nonfree gnash gnash-common mozilla-plugin-gnash swfdec-mozilla libflashsupport nspluginwrapper
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/*flash*
sudo rm -f ~/.mozilla/plugins/*flash*
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/*flash*
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/*flash*
sudo rm -rfd /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper


echo "Installing Flash Player 10"
cd ~
wget http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/libflashplayer-10.0.32.18.linux-x86_64.so.tar.gz
tar zxvf libflashplayer-10.0.32.18.linux-x86_64.so.tar.gz
sudo cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

echo "Linking the libraries so Firefox and apps depending on XULRunner (vuze, liferea, rsswol) can find it."
sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/
sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/xulrunner-addons/plugins/

# now doing some cleaning up:
sudo rm -rf libflashplayer.so
sudo rm -rf libflashplayer-10.0.32.18.linux-x86_64.so.tar.gz

You can now restart firefox.

Truth of the matter is that the this version of flash still doesn't work, I'm sure it works better for some applications and is more secure. But as I type this I still can't play the song I want to hear on imeem.com.

D9C

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Rugby Live from Treasure Island

I am producing the ustream.tv broadcast of the Women's National Rugby 7's Invitational.

Video chat rooms at Ustream

This project has a shoestring budget. Please tweet the details when twitter comes back from a denial of service attack.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Fanboy & Evangalist Weighs in on Moonlight and Chrome OS

When I convince a friend to put Ubuntu on their older computer, I inevitably get asked if it can do everything that Windows can do. My response will include, "Yes, except play your Netflix Instant Watch movies."

In Linux adoption, this shortcoming becomes the lynch pin: a good avenue in which to deny Linux a fair shake. Consequently, instead of installing Linux, I endThis process can take days and will still not compare to a clean XP install. I don't start to seriously lament until I am scanning their computer for viruses for the first time since 2004. But, I digress.

Mono, and subsequently Moonlight, represent Linux's pursuit for compatibility. In Battlestar Galactica, Cylon technology was incorporated into human technology; MS and Linux need to wage peace. In the end, the evil Cylons are going to die off. Long live the hybrids!

Speaking of hybrids...

Google Chrome OS is going to flip the industry on it's head. It's has the business leverage of Microsoft with the glory that is open source. I predict the OS will become the catalyst needed to get hardware companies to make open source drivers. Who knows, maybe retail games will jump on board.

Until Microsoft ports their DRM stacks over to Linux, I'm just going to wait and watch Netflix Instant Watch with an XBMC hack. But, for the group of people who want Ubuntu to "just work," mono development seems to be the path to integration: dark and stormy as it may be.

If R2D2 can't plug into the Deathstar's computer mainframe, we all lose.

D9C

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thieves, Dreams, and Dawkins

My Weird Day

I went to the store to buy some provisions for my sick girlfriend. While in the produce isle, I spotted a elderly man putting what appeared to be produce in his jacket. In seeking some bullion, I also did some soul searching about my moral obligations.

With some quick typing on my quirty keyboard, I directed the checker to read my note, "I think the guy in the trench coat is stealing" The message was received, I payed for my groceries and left.

After caring for my girlfriend, I managed to purposefully pass by the store without peering in, but noticed a cop car parked in the corner. My walk home was filled with the contemplation of the old man's guilt and the driving force that motivated my reaction.

Later, I passed out for several hours. My dreams centered around having a broken neck and included night paralysis. A four hour affair.

My day ended with fighting with my roommate, cooking chicken noodle soup, then surfing the web. I watched a Richard Dawkins youtube video (my roommate is a rabid fan).


My roommate's description of Dawkins rivals an epiphany of logic. I can see how his thesis on neo-purpose (29:26) makes sense. My actions at the grocery store were morally driven and served a neo-purpose. Dawkins' goes on to say that neo-purpose may be subverted by virtue of it's flexibility.

One can argue the same is true of religion. It provides moral foundation to which people can realize their own neo-purpose in an environment that champions life. Of course, it can be a double-edged sword. Dawkins' decides to fault religion rather than look at it objectively. I regard it as painfully biased and unscientific.

I don't disagree with his model, but he asks that I forsake religion. Why is that necessary? Dawkins' says to me, my way describes life as without purpose. By the way, cast aside your God/religion.

I can prescribe to Dawkins' description of human evolution. However, it does not offer me values, or the fortitude to defend those values. I become the indifferent shopper. I might turn you in if I feel your stealing with change the price of my goods. That's ass-backwards to me.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Obama at White House Correspondents' Dinner - Hulu

Thursday, May 7, 2009

retweet hack - add text to someone's retweet

twitter_tipsI'd like to share how I, a common user, can send hyperlinks that will link to twitter and add text to the input box. I learned this trick by looking at twitter_tips. In the example, the retweet URL will bring the user to their twitter homepage and pre-enter their tweet with the wordage. Take the hyperlink from the example above and input it in longurl.com.

My example:

Twitter the women's sevens tournament

Why would you want to do this.

This can best be summed up as it helps your event or link become "viral."

Three reason you'd want to do this. One, it lowers the barrier to participation. This means rugby players -or anyone- can now promote your event without trying (two clicks). the easier it is, the more likely people are to retweet. and the more likely they retweet, the more your message gets out there.

The second reason is message consistency. You will be controlling the message, linkage and grammar.

Third, most rugby players AREN'T Twitter users, the ones who are, haven't logged onto their account since they heard it mentioned on Jon Stewart. A single hyperlink will bring the user to the loggon screen and place your message in the input box.


If you want to do this to:

  1. type the words you want your twitters to enter on a text editor/word processor.
  2. place this text into this site here (input boxes on the bottom of the page). Now you have the correct syntax.
  3. make a link in your email or tweet or tinyurl that includes your message (from #2) preceded by: http://twitter.com/home?status=
  4. If it's going on twitter, then the link should be shortened. I recommend burnurl.com because it lets you track the clicks and offers options to share.
  5. Use this hyperlink in emails or directly on twitter.

D9C

Monday, March 23, 2009

download and save music from myspace, playlist.com and last.fm

Rip songs from Myspace, playlist.com, and last.fm -

This is much simpler than any other method I found.
I've been having a lot of fun with this trick for a while. While posting this might eventually lead to more people using it the music distributors catching on, and eventually leading to the demise of this hack- I can't not share it with the people who read my blog.
**for informational purposes only**

Myspace:



What you'll need:



Once the add-on is installed, visit any Myspace page with music. Play the song that you wish to download. At this point the downloadhelper button will detect the mp3 and start to animate. Next, there is a drop down menu arrow just to the right of the button. Pushing it will reveal the name of the mp3 file. Click on the file and a window will open allowing you to save the song. All the artist and album information are stored in mp3 itself. Still, I recommend renaming the mp3, it will make finding the file from the others you download much easier later on.


Playlist.com
What you'll need:This is the exact same approach. but on playlist.com you can locate pretty specific MP3s without all the myspace CRAPPY personalized designs and bloated code to sift through. Good news everyone! Sony has just made all their recording artists available to playlist.com!


Last.fm





What you'll need:
This technique is a bit more of a hack than the others. While the last.fm library is huge, it has many protections setup to keep downloadhelper from working all the time. When you set up an account fire.fm is a great add-on to Firefox to give you a pandora.com experience, delivering full songs (instead of 30 second snippets) through your browser. It also is easier for downloadhelper to detect the mp3. Just let the music play and hit the download button as soon as you hear a song want to download.

D9C

Friday, March 6, 2009

5 steps to becoming a web 2.0 early adopter

The VoodooLogic Method to becoming an early adopter:

I feel my method is as bare-bones as in order to surf sites quickly, organize your account credentials, publish and share your findings.

I wrote this because it's become apparent that there are so many applications out there that end users don't need to be techie to create really cool/useful sites. We are digital DJ's, mixing user apps on web pages to rock our audience. All you need is a good sense of style and utility to dive in. And now is a great time to be an early adopter who is well versed in the best the web has to offer. Have fun being a power user and remember, never pay for software.

I am assuming you have plenty of social networks that you enjoy using. If not, you won't really care about Web 2.o.

1. Firefox

Firefox is a highly customizable browser. The additional add-ons help you customize your browsing experience. The best way I've heard Firefox explained is that it is like vanilla ice cream and its add-ons that act like toppings to make the browser a real treat.

2. StumbleUpon- surfing with speed

StumbleUpon is an add-on for Firefox and is the essential key to this post. Based on some initial criteria you set, Stumbleupon will display a random site with a click of a button. It gets rave reviews on the web and with the right settings you can become a guru.

Setup your account and select some interests. Make sure to include web development, Internet tools, and Firefox. Additionally, select humor - because it's funny. :P

That's pretty much all you need. By pressing thumbs up, you direct traffic to those sites you like. While at the office, you can stumble 3 pages in the time it takes to print an average work document. Even the busiest person can passively surf through the bleeding edge of the Internet. This kind of frequency lets you peruse websites quickly and getting to the real web gems. (You can even give this post a thumbs up!!)

3. Keepass

Once you discover a site to try, Keypass is going to help you keep your account user-names and passwords organized.


**But you can't leave it there. You'll need to prove among your friends you know what's cool right now.**

4. Delicious


Set up an account. Next, add the delicious firefox add-on. Now, you aren't just pressing "thumbs up," now you can catalog sites you like into your personal online bookmarking system.

Great, now we've created two layers of bookmarking. Stumbleupon's 'thumbs up' (an RSS feed) and delicisious' bookmarks for when you want to return to a site. The add-on also integrates your browser's bookmarks with your delicious account.

**This is the next layer is going to solidify your reputation of being a someone who's always in the know.**

5. Sharaholic

I really like the sharaholic add-on. make tagging websites your various social networks easy. real easy. This tool give you simple access to your social networks to share your web-app gold.



"As a certified social networking and link-sharing addict, Shareaholic has become my favorite new enabler!"
- Veronica Belmont, Host of Tekzilla on Revision3 and Qore on PSN

This 5 pieces of software are layered by relevance. Firefox being the most critical because it is the platform I built the entire model on.

There are many other ways of familiarizing yourself with the latest technology. For instance, I could tell you to bookmark an RSS feed like Makeuseof.com, this is a very informative site that lets you check out lots of new stuff. However, my strategy incorporates this by bookmarking these feeds in delicious as you stumble them. I would consider this to be another layer of relevancy that is a bit too cumbersome for my bare-bones method.



D9C

Also, be sure to check out Linux as a free desktop solution. I've found it an adequate alternative to Windows XP and Vista for several years now. I'm just waiting for everyone else to catch on to the trend. ;)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Passion and Patience - Building Personal Brand Within the Social Media Landscape



Motivating words from the person knows his shit. Now that I'm living the unemployed dream, I'm going to need to refer back to this video get motivated.

But do you know someone else who has got his hustle on: my friend Ethan, http://wsyk.opensermo.com/ Each of these guys are on the same energy wavelengths.

D9C

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jock/Nerd update for February



Nerd

Well, I'm unemployed and making money under the table helping people with their XP laptops. Tomorrow I help a friend reinstall Windows and I'm anxious to try some new software: Windows Post-Install Wizard.

I used Magicical Jelly Bean to find the lost XP key and a pirated copy of the software get it a legit copy reinstalled. The goal is to make Windows XP work again despite the efforts of well, Windows XP and Microsoft.

BTW, If I hadn't given Majorgeeks.com any props, then I really should now. Everything a newly installed XP system should have can be found there.

  1. Spybot
  2. AVG free
  3. Advanced System Care
  4. Firefox
  5. iTunes
  6. Adobe Flash
  7. Final Burner
  8. Java Runtime 6

Jock
Last Saturday, we beat the highest ranked team in our league - Something the Fog has never done. Our current record is now 2 and 3. With no signs of slowing down, we may be able to pull off a winning season.

My face is just starting to heal from the bruses and cuts from Saturday's win. A memorable point for me was during a ruck, someone on the other team tried to two-handedly twist my ankle. I got to my feet and draged him out of the ruck by his collar. I waited with one fist clenching his jersey and the other hovering over his head for him to strike me first. The ref blew his whistle before he he could connect. No yellow cards were issued and my point was made - Don't f*ck with me.

update: The video size limitations are pushing me to use Google video for our games (4 gigs). While I hate putting all our eggs in one basket, it would appear to be the most practical for me because acidrip/viddler solution gives me a poor quality for exchange of in-line comments that nobody uses. :-(

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I'd rather build it myself than pay $$$ for a P.O.S.


Sony Releases New Stupid Piece Of Shit That Doesn't Fucking Work

So I saw this video today and LMAO. Fortunately for me, I'm banging my head against the wall trying to build my own digital media fucking piece of shit. It's much more rewarding. =)

My links for building your own fucking piece of useless shit.
http://trailfire.com/voodoologic/trails/65902

This project was conceived in June of '08 and is roughly about 20% complete.

D9C

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Jock/Nerd update for January

Jock
Yesterday, the San Francisco Fog won it's first game in over a year and a half. In addition, I can now put Flanker on my resume of positions I can play. I predict that winning will become easier now that we have a taste of victory.

If I want to get more muscle mass, I have to start working out again. Which may not be a bad idea once a week or so in addition to Tuesday and Thursday practice.

I am toying with using viddler.com to host our games online.



I am getting negative feed back from influential people who think posting our game online is a bad idea. First, they think the game videos could be studied and used against us. Second, some feel that the ability to let anyone comment may not be wise. If anyone can comment on the game footage, then good game commentary might get lost among terrible game commentary.

The compromise might be to let only certain people comment on the game and then later releasing the games + commentary to everyone else later. Some level of exclusivity is probably the best route to get a good service adopted. In the end, I feel that the viddler service could help give players access to game footage which is a great tool that The Fog could utilize.

Nerd.
Nerd stuff is going slow. Now that rugby takes up most of my time, I am unable to work on my projects. right now I'm stuck on two points. Making a cat 5 cable and troubleshooting the software that controls my Haupauge 1600 . After these problems are solved, I will need to figure out how to use my modified xbox as a MythTV front-end for my home TV. Also, I purchased a year subscription to Schedules Direct to fill in the names of shows on each of the channels.

Linux has been treating me really well. I'm learning that there is an acceptable amount of bloat that I am willing to tolerate for the eye-candy desktop on my aging computer. I'm running Half-Life 2 very well with Wine and looking forward to beating it and playing the two expansion episodes.

D9C

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It's a new day



What I love about being an American: our collective ability to churn the political unjust out of our system. The pendulum is swinging back towards education and humanity and I am happy today.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

One page Linux Manual

THE ONE PAGE LINUX MANUAL

NEW Macbook Wheel


Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard