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Admin Console for Flash Media Server

August 8, 2011

Posting a link here to helpful documentation on accessing the Admin Console for Flash Media Server running on Amazon EC2. It definitely shouldn’t take as long as it did to find this info. Next time I need it, it will be right here 🙂

Also, here is the info for doing live HTTP dynamic streaming, instead of RTMP flv streaming.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

March 6, 2011

Dana and I both read this book, and LOVED it. It’s now being released in paperback, check it out!

[vimeo 20593341]

You can get it (cheap!) here.

American Time Use Survey (2009) in MySQL format

January 26, 2011

Well, I’m on a quest to find interesting statistical data about the world outside my door. The interwebz are positively brimming with all sorts of info, but one particular survey stood out to me. It’s called the American Time Use Survey and is conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They make the full data sets available for download from their site, but other than the CSVs they only provide scripts to import into SPSS. A quick googling revealed that no one seems to have created a MySQL version of it, so I took it upon myself to do so.

Now, I didn’t even begin to try to optomize this DB, pretty much every column is an INT unless it required a BIGINT, TIME, or DOUBLE. Downloading this means you realize I may have made some mistake and you don’t hold me liable for anything and everything blah blah blah. Here it is: the 2009 American Time Use Survey in MySQL format.

Migrate SVN Repositories

November 29, 2010

I recently had the need to migrate an SVN repository from one account to another. Their FAQ said that to import a repository you need to email customer service. I did and they quickly replied with this awesome info. I suppose that this would work with any SVN repo that supports svnsync.

All you need to do is run the following two commands:

  1. svnsync init –username USERNAME
  2. svnsync sync –username USERNAME

I’m watching the new repository sync with the old repository, full revision information and all, as I type this. Pretty cool. Thanks Unfuddle!

Must-Have Windows Programs

April 29, 2010

I’m midway through my semi-annual wipe-the-computers-clean-and-start-fresh season, and I thought just for funsies I’d detail the list of programs that go on immediately after Windows.

  1. Office (2010 in this case)
  2. Antivirus (Sophos since these are work computers)
  3. Firefox
  4. Dropbox (synchronizes all my important files between all my computers)
  5. FileZilla (I move a lot of files around)
  6. Synergy (two computers, one keyboard, one mouse)
  7. Putty (can’t live without SSH access)
  8. Pidgin or Digsby (IM programs, depending on my mood and beefiness of the computer)
  9. HeidiSQL (best free MySQL front-end GUI, period.)
  10. MySQL ODBC Connector (so Excel can become even more useful)
  11. Notepad++ (for syntax-highlightiness while hacking)

So there ya have it. What’s on your list of must-haves?

Chillin with a sleeping g-dawg while cora flits in and out of the dressing room

February 6, 2010

Kroger fail

February 4, 2010

Wear it loud and proud, baby!

January 7, 2010

My awesome team at work got this onesie for Big G

If anyone is sitting at my desk at work, this is what they see me working on right now (but I'm not there)(bwahaha)

December 28, 2009

Sent from my Windows® phone.

I figure at this rate, she'll be ready to babysit by next week

December 9, 2009

Beeson telling us about the three hats the devil wears. Classic!

December 6, 2009

Look what @DanaMetzger found in a drawer!

December 1, 2009

NumLock broken in Ubuntu

November 24, 2009

I recently had the very unpleasant experience of not being able to use my number keypad on the side of my keyboard, whether NumLock was turned on or off.  I’m currently running Ubuntu 9.10 and apparently I’m not the only one who ran into this problem.  I found the fix buried in a forum from a user called bluefrog.

Ctrl + Shift + NumLock

That’s all it took, and I was back in business.  I’m not entirely sure how I fat-fingered that in the first place to disable the keypad, but I’m sure glad to have it back.  Thanks, bluefrog!

Code Collaboration in Google Wave

November 24, 2009

I finally got a Google Wave invite, thanks to my cousin Joel Runyon, and one of the first things I want to do with it is collaborate on projects that involve code.

I went looking for a plugin that would make it nicer (syntax highlighting, etc) and first came across the KaSyntaxy bot, which was ok, but I was hoping for something a little more robust.

Enter the Code Snippet gadget (wave link <- you have to have Wave access to get to it).  It’s absolutely perfect.  Very simple to insert code in many languages, syntax highlighting, and the ability to lock the code so others can’t edit it.  Here’s a little sample of what it looks like inside GWave.


FRESH SALSA!! (coming soon) I'm drunk on the smell of cilantro…

November 18, 2009

Got this riDONKulously huge burger at Backstage Grill (where my cousin Adam cooks some mean grub) Delicious!!

November 6, 2009


November 4, 2009

I remember when I used to have a blog.  Realistically, I like the idea of having a blog more than actually blogging.  More specifically, I really like playing with the setting/themes/widgets in WordPress.

That is all.

There's someone getting naked on my desk…

October 24, 2009

One funny thing about babies is you can put stuff on their heads and they don't know how to take it off

October 21, 2009

My view as I get a little work done

October 12, 2009

Uninstall Office 2010 Technical Preview (Mondo)

September 23, 2009

Apparently I’m not the only one who checked out Office 2k10 Technical Preview (Mondo) and was then unable to uninstall it. When trying to remove with Add/Remove Programs, I would just get an error that it was corrupt, and I had to re-install from the CD or file. Re-installation did nothing to fix the problem, but a bit of searching turned up this little gem in a help forum:

To uninstall Office 2010 14.0.4302.1000 if you have an uninstall error message “This product installation has been corrupted”.
The Problem is a missing file in the installation folder of office 2010. Office 2010 has an Setup Controller directory and uses the directory to check the installed components. please check the directory “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE14\Office Setup Controller\Groove.en-us\”. if you have no “Setup.xml” file there please copy the file from the “Groove.en-us” directory of the source files to this directory and test the uninstallation again.

Many thanks to Vikas Narula at for the amazing fix.

My current workspace… I love my job.

September 11, 2009

What @joel_wolfgang and I have so far…

September 9, 2009

No doubt about it, she's a girl after daddy's heart.

September 5, 2009

A Whole Lot of Nothing

August 11, 2009

Well, I’ve taken quite a break from blogging obviously, but just about ready to hop back in the saddle.  For various reason, I’ve also been taking a break from linux.  I was quite happy with the Release Candidate of Windows 7, and ended up with it on the two computers I use the most.  Then I got really busy and I didn’t have time to get Linux on anything so I just kept the status quo for a while.  Finally the other night I had the feeling that enough was enough, I needed some Linux, and Windows 7 was pretty and all, but it just wasn’t cutting it for me.

I’ve been ‘borrowing’ a tiny Lenovo X41 from the IT department, and have been very happy with the portability.  Just to get a quick fix, I dumped Windows 7 for Xubuntu 9.04, but then something else caught my eye.  It’s called Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix, and I’m about to give it a whirl on here and see how she handles.

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