Sunday, 26 August 2012

Enzo Birthday Party

Enzo Sim celebrated his 7th birthday in style at Honeydew Mazes on Saturday 25 August 2012. We could take the kids into the maze where secret gardens and other clues entertained all for a race to the finish.

Here are the photos I took.

Happy birthday Enzo

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Got to have Android applications


As it is almost impossible to pick an order of importance, I'm just going to go alphabetically.

Firstly, if you have access to a desktop, rather use the web based Google Play Store to load these applications. Just so much easier. Log into the website with the same credentials (username and password) you used on the tablet.

Also see if you can get access to WiFi as some of these downloads are larger and could waste some data to get going the first time.

We also point out where additional login information might be required for the application. Creating these accounts while on the desktop is just easier. Start a little notepad document with the site, username and password and when you have your Evernote setup, create a note with the detail in there. Please do not use the same password for each site, so make them different - you are keeping notes. The only one you need to remember out of your head is Gmail and Evernote.

Monday, 20 August 2012 born in Embroidery

Today I helped get my mothers Husqvarna Orchidea going again and after the kids got some designs, we added to two of my jackets.

This was done in this 4 minutes video on something still using a Windows 98 machine and a parallel port programmer.

The Windows support for this device is quite sketchy as you have to guess quite a bit to see if the newer software will still support the older hardware. Phoning agents are not an options as the standard response is to replace the machine.

Well here is good proof that the machine works fantastic and the software is the issue.

I will share my findings on how to use the old software on new machines.

Two YouTube videos after the break...

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

#PositivelySocial - 365 Days a year

Today is #PositivelySocial Day, I don't know the exact origin but find it an excellent sentiment. The motivation and concept behind #PositivelySocial should not be limited to a day, it should become an online philosophy and a viral one at that. 

When looking at the choice of the words in the Tag Line they are self explanatory 
#POSITIVELY - In a positive way, constructive or affirmative way, with optimism or confidence 
* SOCIAL - relating to society or its organization, Relating to or designed for activities in which people meet each other for pleasure

Today 14 August (6 months after Valentine's Day) has been suggested to promote as #PositivelySocial day on various Social Media Platforms, to bring awareness to internet users in respect of what they post and how they engage and respond when writing a Tweet, blogging, using Facebook or other forms of Social Media.

Thus it would be fair to say that maybe we all should get training on how to be #PositivelySocial, Frank outlines this in his post of today: What It Means to be #PositivelySocial (Aug 14)

He defines the aspects of the movement as:
1.  Respect Others ~ "Do unto others"
2.  Welcome Dialogue on a topic ~ Agree to disagree or debate the issue not the person
3.  Sharing links that live up to being #PositivelySocial - 
4.  Take a stand ~ Stand up for what is right
5.  Truth and facts reign supreme ~ If it can't be proven then don't propagate
6.  Share the Good Too ~ People love a story about a Winner

And although these points might seem mundane, they are quickly forgotten.  All these lessons were taught to us as children and we try to promote them in our children. To become a bully seeking out the weak and laughing at others inabilities or shortcomings is very easy.   

We should treat each and every online person, friend, contact or circle as we would a real friend and family member. We should treat them with respect, consideration, holding them in high regard when commenting or debating any social media post.

We need to learn that what we say or comment has an impact on other people's life's and we should rather ask ourselves "When Did We Get So Nasty?"  - Scott Monty

~ " If you don't have anything positive, or nice  to say , then rather just keep quiet.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Linux simple find samples

Find stays one of the most confusing Linux commands around. Here I want to simplify the most common ways of using find.

There is many an article out there, but I think they all go into to much detail. I just want to find some files, and do something with them. Also I cannot believe that people show samples using the rm command. What the?

Do you want n00bs to delete files from there servers?

All mine, I'm using ls, so nothing should go wrong.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Picasa Photos in Blogger

I've been working on ways to get photos from Picasa into my Blogger hosted website. The normal slideshow doesn't work for me as it takes the user away to the Picasaweb pages.

Also when you take photos in the volumes I do, adding them one by one also doesn't work.

I had a look at the Picasa API options from Google, and was able with this simple PHP script to at least generate HTML code for each photo in a Picasa album. Host this somewhere or local using WAMP server.

Find the user ID and album ID, feed it in and run the script. When the output looks like you want it, view source and copy from <table> to </table> into your Blogger post.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Water - A personal Crisis?

So, I awoke this morning ready to get up and face the day, just need to shower and do all the other tasks before making a cup of coffee and greeting the day. Guess what? No water.

We who live in settled suburbs with a good infrastructure, are use to having water. We open a tap and water “magically” comes out, as easy as boiling the kettle. Our idea of not having water is going on a camping trip where water is 5 steps away from our stand and then we proclaim we have been “roughing it”.

In Africa and even South Africa there are millions of people (the who do not have access to clean drinking water, let alone water itself. We all have seen media images of poor and less fortunate not having access to running water in their communities let alone in their homes.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Blogger versus Wordpress


A friend suggested using Wordpress as a good platform to host a static website on.

Both Blogger and Wordpress use a feature called pages. This is where you can do simple HTML code to be displayed as a static Web pages, make one of  these the default page for the sites, and suddenly you have a website and not a Blog.

ProxMox Unprivileged LXC containers USB Drive

Some quick notes on bind mounting under ProxMox and getting the permissions right. Reference -