Chromebook, Crouton, Ubuntu Unity, Sublime Text, oh My

Here are some keyboard shortcuts, if you happen to find yourself on an Asus Chromebook, running Ubuntu Unity via Crouton, writing code in Sublime Text 3:

Find next:
With the find window open, hit enter.
Hit shift + enter to find previous.

Jump to end of line:
search key + right arrow

Jump to beginning of line:
search key + left arrow

Page up:
search key + up arrow

Page down:
search key + down arrow

US Army’s First Open Source Project

The changelog reports that the US Army open sourced a network traffic analysis framework.

This code was paid for by tax-payer dollars. It is the first repo to be made available under the US Army Research Laboratory organization.

The US Army Research Laboratory has been around since 1992. William Glodek has the initial commit and has been a GitHub member since Nov 3, 2014.

Here’s the modern day ‘Your Tax Dollars at Work’ road sign, for the information superhighway.
army-github-pulse

Is the iPad Not Mobile?

The popular iOS app, Flipboard, aims to elevate content layout and interaction on the web.

Flipboard for mobile web is a case study in pushing the browser to its limits. While this approach may not be suitable for all applications, for us it’s enabled a level of interaction and performance that rivals native apps.

Flipboard.com’s approach largely involves eschewing traditional HTML, CSS, & Javascript, in favor of HTML5’s canvas element.

While interesting (and a bit over my head), why is it that when visiting Flipboard.com on the iPad, we’re presented with a roadblock page, instructing us to use the iPad app for “the best Flipboard experience”?

Where’s the mobile canvas experience that rivals native apps?

flipboard-ipad-screenshot

Input type=email, Most Commonly Used Advanced Input Type

Poll results: popular input types

The results are surprising, while I expected date and number to end in first and second place, the most popular type was actually email.

Personally, I would have guessed that type="tel" would be leading the charge. Not for telephone entries specifically, but any input that is expecting a number of any kind, the type="tel" attribute invokes the number keyboard on iOS devices; Minus the finicky limitations that are associated with type="number".

Delicious Tools Chrome Extension, Release notes V.1.7

Delicious Tools Chrome Extension: Version 1.7 (5/2/2014):

Finally fixes a serious issue where bookmarks were not being saved to your Delicious account unless you saved them twice, or were logged in to Delcious.com in a seperate tab. Such requirements are pretty counter-productive. Rather than taking the time to investigate, I chose to stop using the extension for quite some time and let the angry reviews pile up. Angry reviews be damned, the time for a fix has come! BTW, Pinboard.in is a great alternative, and I use ifttt.com to keep Pinboard and Delicious in sync. The bookmarklet works well, as does the Delicious bookmarklet, which I resorted to using. They’re not nearly as convenient as an extension though, am I right? With this fix, I can now return to the convenience of this delicious bookmarklet disguised as an extension provides.

On a technical note, the biggest change in this realease is I’ve updated the save URL, as per delicious.com that is used to save links. Using this new save URL, you’re now redirected to a page that confirms you’ve successfully saved a bookmark, and presumably, if link saving fails. This functions just like a Delicious.com bookmarklet would. Also updated was the security policy, which fixes any issues you may have seen with altering the keyboard shortcut.

Delicious Tools in the Chrome Web Store

Mavericks and MySQL

After upgrading to Mavericks (os X 10.9) my install of MySQL never wanted to work properly. While it may not have been necessary, I chose to uninstall MySQL and then reinstall, with the latest version. It turns out it was much simpler than the several hours lost on troubleshooting the existing installation.

Note: This removed all of my local MySQL databases, which was OK with me, but if that’s a problem for you, back those up first.

Completely uninstall MySQL. Note: Make a copy of /etc/my.cnf if there are some settings that you’d like to add back in.

Follow the uninstall steps here:

And then follow the MySQL installation steps here:
http://www.macminivault.com/mysql-mavericks/

On the web

Reading (Read):

Cinnabon President Kat Cole: Hustling the Gut Bomb

Public Enemies: Social Media Is Fueling Gang Wars in Chicago
Sexting, Shame and Suicide
My kids will not have phones and social networks are for stupid people. I’ll let Louis CK explain.

In a Breathtaking First, NASA’s Voyager 1 Exits the Solar System

As the solar system’s edge grew tantalizingly close, NASA asked the Voyager scientists to increase the amount of data collection. The problem: the 8-track data recorders from 1977 were not exactly bursting with extra space. Could Ms. Dodd even find anyone who specialized in that piece of technology and could coax it to record more?

And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’
A must read for Apple fans.

Jobs wanted the demo phones he would use onstage to have their screens mirrored on the big screen behind him. To show a gadget on a big screen, most companies just point a video camera at it, but that was unacceptable to Jobs. The audience would see his finger on the iPhone screen, which would mar the look of his presentation. So he had Apple engineers spend weeks fitting extra circuit boards and video cables onto the backs of the iPhones he would have onstage.

How the feds took down the Dread Pirate Roberts
SilkRoad.com’s long road to shutdown.

Reading (Read) > Nerd:
@import pie-clearfix;
I’ve only recently discovered Compass’ @import pie-clearfix; For those times you need a clearfix, but do not want your overflow: hidden.

Google’s Web Designer
It turns out, it’s true intentions are to litter the web with animated banner ads.

Pocket Casts 4, for iOS
Hand’s down, THE best podcast app on iOS. Also, this is one of the few crowning jewels on Android.

HTML5 Boilerplate Snippet for Sublime
Handy, if you remember that you have it installed.

instead
Good idea for an iPhone app. Kind of sort of in-line with my very very rough mobile based savings site, movetosavin.gs

Watching (Watched):
Tom Papa Live in New York City (Netflix Watch Instantly)
Tom Papa is hilarious. You’ll agree. Side note: I just now noticed that Rob Zombie directed this. Odd.

Uncategorized:
My house has eight smoke detectors. The backup 9volt batteries that they use all die around the same time, letting out a loud chirp every single minute. My solution, add an eight pack to Amazon Subscribe and Save, and change them all when they show up at your door. No more chirping. They’re a bit cheaper than in-store to boot.