Goodbye Radio Shack August 2, 2014Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
Tags: Bad management, Radio Shack, Tandy
Sad news for Radio Shack. Oh I’ll likely swoop in and buy the parts section that still remains in my local stores. But beyond that I haven’t been in a Radio Shack in years.
I think it came back a while ago – when they’d constantly hawk batteries, or want your phone number, address, etc for a simple cash sale. I used to say when they asked “C-A-S-H
They had the heyday – when they introduced the TRS-80 Model I for example – and they continued that line for a while. But then they had the Tandy 1000 series – PC Clones and they just couldn’t keep with that.
Then of course there’s the parts – that section of the stores dwindled to the point where you now can get bags of ten or more of a component on Amazon for a dollar.
They essentially made a bad move. They could have embraced the maker movement, their roots, the Tandy part was a leather craft place. In fact the the TRS part of TRS-80 stood for Tandy Radio Shack.
But in this new world where the innovation on the net has killed yet another retail chain I can’t say I’m sad to see it go. I will swoop in and buy liquidation items. That’s about the extent.
Three years on Zipcar July 29, 2014Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
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So inertia I guess. Zipcar is way too convenient for me.
And I’ve driven all sorts of cars from them. My favorite among all is a BMW X3. That is one sweet vehicle. It has two modes – Eco and Sport. Eco is let’s just say awesome but sport – oh my. All you have to do is touch the accelerator pedal and the car takes off like a rocket.
I’ve gotten to drive two generations of Toyota Prius. The latest is in a word really interesting. It’s one of the more refined hybrid vehicles on the market.
And I note the 4th generation of the Prius gets a lot more right. For example, you can select from four different modes, Eco, Speed, Electric only, and just gasoline only. That’s nice. And I note even if i was on the highway there’s a sweet spot around 70MPH where to keep the car at speed it only uses the electric motor.
I’ve also driven a Mazda 3, Nissan Frontier pickup, Honda Insight, But like I said, my two favorites are the BMW and the Toyota.
Chance meeting of celebrities July 27, 2014Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
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It’s a Sunday afternoon. We’re at Maison DNA at 64 Spring St. Newport, RI. This is a funky vintage shop owned by a friend of ours..
It’s at this little store in Newport where I find myself standing not six inches away from Parker Posey.
You might know her from the movie Party Girl. Maybe you know of her as she played Connie Bradshaw in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City.
And she’s standing six inches away from me, just chatting with us.
It’s a strange and very small world.
How to spot I.T. people in the wild July 24, 2014Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
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Be they developers or systems I.T. folks we’re pretty easy to spot in the wilds.
We tend to favor khakis and polo shirts. The more systems we tend to favor jeans and t-shirts which makes us somewhat harder to spot.
But the dead giveaway – the full backpack. Yup. That and there’s usually an HID tag and an RSA token hanging off their belt.
Me – I go a little of each. Khaki’s, sneakers, polo shirt, but the badges and RSA tokens are safe in the backpack until I get to the office. And on Fridays I go casual – jeans of course. And sometimes a t-shirt. I’m waiting to get my t-shirt that on the front says “Information Science” and on the back says “Because they didn’t offer bad ass motherf___r as a degree.” That’ll be fun to wear.
Allergies do suck July 23, 2014Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
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So lately the tree pollen has been pretty rough in the area. I take a regular 180mg of fexofenadine aka Allegra per day.
But even that’s not enough. I suppose I should go see the doc and get a prescription for 2.5mg prednisone as that knocks the symptoms down pretty quickly. But the side effects are sort of nasty.
But I realized – if I take the Allegra and about 4-5 hours later pop a Benadryl it dries up the allergies. Different actions I’d bet. And I only take one 25mg tab so not too worried.
I also take one before I go to sleep. That sort of heads off the shit.
Riding the Red Line July 18, 2014Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
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Now normally the Red Line from Alewife inward gets pretty packed. On one terminus it hits Harvard and then passes through MIT’s campus, Cambridge proper, Mass General, Park St,, Downtown Crossing and then South Station onward to either Ashmont or Braintree from there.
But today was super packed coming home. Normally you’ve got a fair amount of separation between yourself and other passengers. Today though we had about 4 to 6 inches between us. It was tight. To the point where we stop at South Station and I can’t get off the train.
So that’s when the voice comes – and I loudly state “Make a hole please! Let’s move it people!”
I know, I can’t help myself. But sometimes you have to jolt the dolts out of their stupor. And I’m just the guy to do that.
The ‘newish’ job July 17, 2014Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
Tags: Linux, Netstat, networking, Windows
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So I’ve now been here by calendar 34 working days. I’m getting a little more responsibility as time goes on. Now that they know I have the chops.
For example – I was asked to identify what ports applications are using on the servers.
Now if you’ve been around networking you know about a utility called netstat.
You just do a :
sudo netstat -A inet -n -p
Ok, lets take it apart piece by piece.
sudo is a way of allowing people to run things at elevated privilege but without having to know the root password for the system. Pretty convenient and you can also tightly control WHO can sudo too but managing group membership.
The part ‘netstat’ is the application discussed above.
The ‘-A inet’ says look for Internet TCP/IP protocol only.
The ‘-n’ shows addresses as numerical and not hostnames.
The ‘-p’ is to show the process id and program name.
It’s really simple. And what you end up with is something like this:
Active Internet connections (w/o servers)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State PID/Program name
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:39064 127.0.0.1:5672 ESTABLISHED 2901/python
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:47017 127.0.0.1:11211 TIME_WAIT -
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:41314 127.0.0.1:5672 ESTABLISHED 2897/python
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:41311 127.0.0.1:5672 ESTABLISHED 2829/python
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:47015 127.0.0.1:11211 TIME_WAIT -
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:41309 127.0.0.1:5672 ESTABLISHED 2861/python
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:41310 127.0.0.1:5672 ESTABLISHED 2816/python
tcp 0 0 127.0.1.1:10000 127.0.1.1:59830 TIME_WAIT -
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:54514 127.0.0.1:5672 ESTABLISHED 2906/python
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:41313 127.0.0.1:5672 ESTABLISHED 2365/python
tcp 0 0 192.168.201.1:21 192.168.201.10:38196 TIME_WAIT -
tcp 0 0 127.0.1.1:33940 127.0.1.1:6444 ESTABLISHED 2906/python
tcp 0 0 127.0.1.1:33954 127.0.1.1:6444 ESTABLISHED 2220/python
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:41312 127.0.0.1:5672 ESTABLISHED 2878/python
tcp 0 52 10.1.20.70:22 10.1.20.110:57441 ESTABLISHED 23781/sshd: anthony
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:4369 127.0.0.1:58920 ESTABLISHED 2167/epmd
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:47016 127.0.0.1:11211 TIME_WAIT -
So what the above shows is Python. All those ports – it’s how Python handles intra-process communication. And you never know what port is what. So that would be a Dynamic assignment of ports.
But then we see my SSH connection at port 22. That’s a fixed port or as fixed as you can get without major reconfiguration.
So there you go – a use for netstat. It lives on WIndows boxes too except it is considerably crippled on Windows platforms. For example, -A doesn’t exist. A netstat -p TCP -n does the similar thing.
I feel an apology is in order July 16, 2014Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
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This blog used to be about fun stuff – you know, stuff like criticizing the church, advocating for marriage equality and gay rights in general.
But the fight has sort of gone out for me. Rhode Island got marriage equality over a year ago. And the fight is now playing out in many states at the federal judiciary level. I put forth that there is now more than enough precedence for this to come before the U.S. Supreme Court again and this time they won’t be able to punt. That would mean equality throughout the U.S. even the recalcitrant south.
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Now I’ve long known that you could get Windows and Linux to share a keyboard and mouse using an application called Synergy. And looking at their web site apparently they share between Windows, Linux and Windows. Coolness.
What brought this up was a co-worker who wanted to share one keyboard and mouse for his personal machine and work machine. I told him about the above.
So I did a bit of googling and found out Microsoft’s Garage has a product called Mouse Without Borders. Interesting name.
So you see there are now options to sharing one keyboard and mouse with multiple computers.
Both applications are essentially IP based KVM (Keyboard Video and Mouse) with enhancements.
And of course my co-worker brought up the fact that we’re nailed to a corporate VPN. That’s when I had to introduce him to the ‘route print’ and ‘route add’ commands in a command prompt.
Tags: Allan Fung
So coming out of the train station this evening I spotted the Fung supporters with their placards out in front of Providence Place Mall.
And it’s when I thought of the name for them. Fung-ghouls. It’s based on the old Italian curse and sounds a bit like the English bastardization of Vaffanculo.
So now you have it. Fung-ghouls.