With my Dell Dimension XPS T450 ready hardware-wise, I needed to get some operating systems installed. My ideal setup is triple-booting Windows 98, NT Workstation 4, and 2000 Professional. This isn’t as straight forward as you’d imagine and it took me more than one total reformat to get it working. This is a tale of many, many failures finally leading to some success.
Fetching the Magic Trackpad 2 battery level from the command line and logging it to a file!
When I moved to Germany, I brought a bunch of electronics with me that I had acquired in Japan, Thailand, and the US. Fortunately they all had switching power supplies, so the voltage and frequency difference (110v @ 60 Hz vs 220v @ 50 Hz) wasn’t an issue. The issue was the plugs themselves, so a solution was required.
Recently I’ve been having a lot of 90s nostalgia, especially related to technology. I fully blame YouTube channels like LGR, 8-Bit Guy, Phil’s Computer Lab, Adrian Black, and a dozen others I’ve spent countless hours watching. Plus it’s part of getting older; you romanticise the past.
I started thinking about what hardware from the past I felt the most affinity towards. It took me no time at all: I wanted a Dell Dimension XPS from the 90s. This is my history with Dell.
You’ve got a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter and an Active Directory domain. Here’s how you make them play nicely together.
When running a
brew upgrade, it upgraded
readlineto version 7.0. This broke the Rails console. Here’s how that looked:
$ bundle exec rails c Running via Spring preloader in process 69075 /Users/mroach/.rbenv/versions/2.3.1/lib/ruby/gems/2.3.0/gems/activesupport-22.214.171.124/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:293:in `require': dlopen(/Users/mroach/.rbenv/versions/2.3.1/lib/ruby/2.3.0/x86_64-darwin15/readline.bundle, 9): Library not loaded: /usr/local/opt/readline/lib/libreadline.6.dylib (LoadError)
Here’s how I reverted to readline 6.3.8 to fix this:
--subjectargument allows you to generate certificates without being prompted for any input. This non-interactive mode makes server automation that much easier.
C ISO country code ST State/Province/Subdivision L Locality/City/Town O Organisation/Company OU Organisational Unit/Department CN Common name. The most important! Your domain name! Wildcards supported.
Say what you will about Microsoft SQL Server Management studio, but the query interface was actually pretty good. Now that I’m using PostgreSQL and MySQL I’m finding myself looking for desktop tools for querying. Nothing more than that, just simple CRUD operations for one-off data imports, querying, figuing stuff out.
It’s been staggeringly difficult to find a desktop client that can do this well. If I were to create one, which I may if my struggle continues, this would be my wishlist. Some of these seem obvious but I’ve found clients lacking one or more of these.
- Keyboard shortcut to running SQL
- Run only the selected query text
- Block commenting and un-commenting
- Sortable results grid
- Copying and saving results
- Indicate trailing whitespace on string columns
- Make null and empty string values obvious
- Clearly indicate errors and recordcounts after query execution
- Shortcut to get schema, keys, and indexes on a table in your query
The 2.0 beta version of My Flight Map is currently open for beta testing at kaya.mroach.com. This is a full rewrite using Rails 4.1. With the new platform it will be easier to maintain and add features. The UI is the last bit needing some attention.
Version 2.0 is open source and hosted on GitHub at https://github.com/mroach/myflightmap. All are welcome to submit issues for feature requests and bug reports.
More to come when we’re live.