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A Review: LG Destiny

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A bit of History

I bought a new phone and I like it. I’m moving into the android market where previously, my only android experience has been from a underpowered Kindle Fire 2nd-Gen. Then just a few months ago, I nabbed a neat little LG Optimus Fuel to handle work related tasks like check emails and do normal tasks one does with a smart phone. It does ok if you keep things simple.

For years I’ve been happy with my trusty old java powered LG 500G with it’s hardware QWERTY keyboard and basic phone + text abilities with a few smart phone abilities like note taking and a basic web browser that’d crash if the page was too big, assuming it loaded in the first place. LOL.

Anyway, onto the Review!

Linux Tips: Caching in Ram

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If you’re like me, you’re probably running linux on a SSD and wish to reduce the amount of writes as much as possible to prolong the life of your SSD and if you regularly view image or video files in your file browser than this tip is for you.

My file browser, or nemo as it’s called, saves it’s thumbnails in ~/.cache/thumbnails. This folder can get quite big if you happen to browse folders full of images every day. Lucky for us, we have a built in ramdisk to store them in.

So, simply make a directory and symlink it like so:

mkdir /dev/shm/thumbnails
ln -s /dev/shm/thumbnails ~/.cache/thumbnails

You can set your computer to create this folder in the ramdisk at boot time and you’re good to go.

Cheers! :)

Top Ten Static Website Generators

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* These days, speed and security is the name of the game. *

Website visitors abandon sites after just a second or two of delay, and database hacks have become commonplace. Just look at the news to see the latest scandal laid bare by hackers who gained access to sensitive information due to poorly maintained WordPress or Drupal installs.

That’s why developers, agencies and producers of web content are turning to static website generators. With modern browsers, sites built with JavaScript, APIs and Markup offer the ability to serve highly dynamic content without the shackles of the standard, painfully slow (and expensive) backend database and a server building a site each time a visitor makes a request. Flat files can be served from CDNs around the world, increasing both speed and uptime, and managing static sites with version control systems like Git means the process of creating and updating sites is highly efficient.


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5 BS Reasons Not to Use a Static Generator

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* Often, when you read lists about reasons to use a static website generator, they are followed by a list of reasons why you shouldn’t. *

Other times, when you are researching static vs. dynamic, you’ll stumble across a grammatically challenged site where some WordPress developer is trying to convince you that using cutting-edge, modern build tools will somehow be the death knell of your site.

For obvious reasons, we don’t agree. But rather than stick our fingers in our ears and pretend we can’t hear, let’s take a look at the points most often raised against static web technology. It quickly becomes clear that these arguments just plain stink


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Bootable USB Swiss Army Knife

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If you’re in the computer repair business then good valuable tools are nice to have around. Especially if you fit them all onto one little usb flash drive.

  • CentOS x86_64 Minimal
  • Clonezilla (Clone Hard Drives and SSDs)
  • Dan’s Boot ‘n Nuke (Wipe out them pesky bits on the hard drive. :) )
  • FreeDOS
  • Gparted Live (Standalone Partition Editor)
  • Hiren’s Boot CD
  • Kali Linux (For the “hacker” in you. :P)
  • Linux Mint or your distribution of choice.
  • Memtest86+
  • NTpasswd (Reset windows passwords)
  • Ophcrack (Cracking simple passwords. Your mileage may vary.)
  • Puppy Linux (A small but simple Linux Distribution)
  • System Rescue CD
  • TinyCore (Another small Linux Distribution)
  • VMware ESXI (Could come in handy)
  • Windows Defender Offline

The tool I used to stuff all this onto a flash drive is called YUMI. So many tools can be crammed onto a 32GB flash drive and have spaced left over. I suppose more can be added but I also have 4 different versions of Kali Linux and Linux Mint 32bit and 64bit versions, 2 editions each.

Bonus points if you make all those bootable over the network for say a small network of customer computers. :)

Backing Up Data, the Easy Way

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I think we can all agree that backing up data is important for one’s most irreplaceable data, such as family photos or important documents and such. There can be big consequences to not doing it and data recovery for even just a few gigabytes can easily cost several thousand dollars. So, I’m going to suggest a few programs I like to use to make life a little easier.

A Cloud9 Review

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I would like to talk a little bit about coding in the cloud. A few weeks ago I discovered the world of cloud IDEs and thought, “What a wonderful way to write.”. Of course, everything is not without it’s limits but it does the job.