Stock photos that don’t suck: medium.com
Some scary shit: the atlantic
Tax havens galore: aljaeera america
Some bad H2O: news.com.au
I have struggled with keeping select sets of data synchronized between multiple PCs and backups of that data up to date. Over the years I have utilized rsync along with various scripts. Last week I decided to spend some time looking for a tool that will handle this for me with minimum effort. I considered bit torrent sync but then found unison which is an open source solution and so decided to use it instead.
The software is well documented and I was able to have it working in an hour. It wouldn’t have taken this long but the version supplied by my linux distribution didn’t match the Mac version and so I had to compile it from source. No issues other than that and it works great.
This web site contains absolutely no tracking whatsoever. I used to utilize google-analytics because I was curious to see how many visitors the site had and where they were coming from. I really don’t need this information and so there is no reason for me to collect and share it with google. I have removed google-analytics from the site. The site has never had adds and never will (beyond my own plugs for consulting services). I may put an old-school hit counter at the bottom of the front page too gauge how much traffic there is, but also because I think they are cool.
This should not be so hard but here is what I had to do:
The remote server complained about Couldn’t fsetstat but it worked.
NYTimes: N.S.A. Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on Web
Like there was ever any doubt?
This is the coolest thing I have seen all week.
We have sort of a corporate standard software for statistical analysis, Minitab. I don’t have much experience with it but attended a training seminar a few months ago and have been trying it out for smaller things here and there. I did an analysis this week with the tools I normally use (Ruby and Matlab). I decided to go back and try the same analysis using Minitab to see if there was anything to gain by using it instead. I was very surprised. I had a few hurdles to get over to get Minitab to do what I wanted, but once I did it was much faster than Matlab, or even excel.
Minitab is a great tool for statistical analysis. I have to say it is much better than Matlab or Excel. I will be using it much more in the future.
I finally got rid of the Motorola droidX and got a new phone. I decided to give the Samsung Galaxy S3 a try. There are plenty of reviews out there that mostly detail what a great phone it is but my mileage has varied. I just wanted to list a couple of observations I have about the phone:
My bottom line is that it is a reasonably decent phone, but I wish I would have waited and got an iPhone5 at this point. It would have synced up with my MBPro flawlessly and the size/shape of it seems to be just about perfect.
Came across this while looking for something related. Black Duck Software apparently spent a lot of time looking at new open source projects and rated them on several factors to develop a top 10 list. The Diaspora Project came in at #1, which is cool. I didn’t recognize any of the other projects. This is the 4th year they have developed the top 10 rookies of the year.