September, 2010

  1. Using WordPress Transients with External Data

    The transients feature of WordPress is a very useful tool for local data cache when pulling from a remote data source (web service/API). A typical workflow goes something like this: Get remote data. Store it locally as transient data with a timeout. Once the data times out, get remote data again. That’s the basics and…

  2. Around the web

    How to disable Political Ads in Google Adsense | Ron Paul 2012 | Campaign for Liberty at the Daily Paul – I’ve just turned political ads off. Actually, I turned most of the categories off… My Initial Thoughts Of BlackBerry 6 Running On The Bold 9650 – sounds like it’s better, but not great yet.…

  3. Camera Size vs. Quality

    Seems like the constant struggle in photography is camera size vs. quality. Next week I’ll be in New York and I have to choose between the pocketable size of the S95 and the additional control of the SLR. Though I’ve really been enjoying shooting with my SLR again recently, for this trip I’ll be bringing…

  4. Google Apps Driving Me to Chromium

    I use Google Docs on with my personal Gmail account1 and as part of Google Apps for Crowd Favorite and WordPress HelpCenter. This set of cookies is very confusing to Google Docs, leading to all sorts of authentication issues. As a result I’ve started only accessing Google Docs pretty much exclusively via Chromium while in…

  5. Broken Pipes

    This morning my home network was dead again, It came back after a router reboot but appears to be down again. I’ll be trying new firmware then a new router this evening. The main pipe at the office is down today as well. Thankfully we keep a second connection for our VOIP network that we…

  6. Home Network Revisited

    Sure enough, the configuration worked but died every 8-12 hours. The modem and router work fine independently, but together they are not a happy couple. I was determined to get things working tonight. In preparation, I brought home an extra DSL modem and Airport Extreme from the Crowd Favorite office and I picked up a…

  7. Interviewed on Page.ly

    I’ve been interviewed on the Page.ly blog to kick off their WP Heavy Hitters feature. In the interview I discuss a little bit about how my businesses started, how they work and some lessons learned along the way. My thanks to Sally for putting together some good initial and follow-up questions; I hope it’s of…

  8. Canon Rebel vs D Series

    I’ve previously owned a Canon D30, 10D, 20D and I currently own the Canon Rebel T2i. When I upgraded from the 20D I decided to go with the T2i instead of the 7D because I hadn’t been shooting as much lately and didn’t feel I could justify the price difference, the image quality is virtually…

  9. Home Network Follow-up

    I may have spoken too soon about my success with my home network success. It looks like my internet connection died a little after 1am last night, and was reluctant to come up through several router restarts. It’s back up and running again now, but I’m not feeling very confident in it.

  10. Around the web

    Programming Things I Wish I Knew Earlier – good stuff in here. (thanks Jeremy) xkcd: Password Reuse – this is funny, also – read my password posts from a few years back. Made of Bugs Dear Twitter: Stop screwing over your developers. – The options for developers are not great here. The official Dilbert website…

  11. Home Networking

    Whew! With a little help on the wiring side, I managed to reconfigured our home network this week. Changes: Configure DSL modem in bridge mode and set up router to handle the, um, routing.1 A hard line run through the wall from the office to the basement. A gigabit switch set up in the basement.…

  12. When “Just Works” Doesn’t

    The problem with things that are supposed to “just work” is that they typically provide few options to resolve things that didn’t “just work”. I’m a fan of Dropbox and it is pretty smart about this with a nice revision history available through the website, however I currently have 3 machines with 3 unique versions…

  13. iPhone 4 Screen Cracks

    With an admittedly small sample size, I’m seeing a lot more broken or spider-webbed iPhone 4 screens than I ever saw with the original iPhone or iPhone 3G/3GS. I believe this is due to the change in the form factor that raises the glass on the front and back of the iPhone 4 so that…