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Monthly Archives: July 2013

If you’ve been procrastinating on starting your own blog, then here are some easy instructions to follow so you can set up your own blog.

Start a blog:
– Go to here: http://wordpress.com/, watch the video
– follow the instructions given.

Create the following posts:

(only ever use the LEFT column menu to create a new post!)

1/ Plain text post. Type something on the blog itself.
– Click on Posts/New Post from the LEFT column.
– The format is nearly identical to that of a typical word processor.
2/ Picture post. Find a picture online and create a blog post of only it.
http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/
3/ Video Post. Find a Youtube video and create a blog post about it.
http://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/youtube/
4/ Text post. Copy an email sent to you and create a blog post from it.
– hint: start like point 1 above.
5/ Create a text post and put a picture right before the very first letter so that the test wraps around the picture.
http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/
5/ create a text post but save it as a DRAFT.
– See what button will NOT publish the post.
6/ create a text post but publish it at a FUTURE DATE(Scheduling).
http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/schedule-a-post/

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Linux often gets criticized by the ease-of-use crowd for making its users occasionally edit a text file to get something working.

LifeHacker comment.

So, not only did my monitor die and have to be replaced, the OS then shortly started tanking.  It all started by the stupidest of things….an external USB HDD.

See, I’ve been needing to back things up for a while on a few of my devices (My wife’s laptop, my netbook and my main machine).  So I am finally in a position to get the added devices required(external USB DVD burner for the netbook, USB HDD for everything).  First issue was the DVD burner was missing a cable.  Had to go back and get that.  Annoying but it seems to be working now.

Now, when I got the USB HDD, I plugged it into my machine and backed some stuff up.  Knowing that simply copy/pasting LARGE amounts of files is generally a bad thing (because you never know exactly where it stops and when you are copying 70,000 files, you certainly don’t have time to figure out where it stopped/retry a whack of bad files.  So I did a short test and it worked fine.  I moved over to test out the windows backup program that these drives came with, on my wife’s laptop, worked fine.  When I went back to my system and plugged it in a few days later (actually, I had plugged it in, left it for about 5 days and got back to backing up again) my whole system froze.  I didn’t immediately suspect the drive because, why would I?  It had been working just fine earlier.  After about an hour I unplugged it and lo-and-behold, everything started working fine again.  WTH?!  I plug it in, freezes.  Unplug, unfreezes.  That ain’t right.

I plug it into my wife’s windows laptop, works fine.  Oh this sucks.  Why the hell is Debian freezing solid when windows just hums along?  Well I did what I could and let windows scan/repair any bad sectors.  That took a few hours on a 1TB drive.  When done, plugged it back in to my Linux machine and all was good.  Stupid.

So I backed everything up (well, only missed a few things….ugh, nothing critical, but mildly annoying) then my system went screwy again.  Not related to the USB HDD this time….but my video.  After some attempts and a reboot, things were still not better.  Well screw it, I was thinking of reinstalling as I could find no help anywhere with this.  So, I downloaded Unbuntu 13.04 (because I wanted to test out Steam and games) and installed that.

Ubuntu installed fine and updates took quite a while (must remember not to allow updates during install….would save me an hour or two waiting! Updates can be done later.).  Everything went fine.  Got Steam installed and then Steam had some issues with me buying a game.  Figures. Still waiting to hear from them.  So while I was waiting, I grabbed a freebie game and played with that for a while.  Worked fine and having a bit of fun.

Now, Ubuntu uses a new ‘fancy’ desktop called Unity.  Unity up and crashed on me.  Oh great.  I was able to fix it without much difficulty.  Ok, so that happens.  But when it happens a 3rd time and I could not even get to my desktop at all, well screw that.  I switched over to Linux Mint (which uses a fork of Gnome2 for a desktop, no fancy graphics here now) and so far it’s been awesome.  I’m working on customizing my desktop to look pretty without being/needing fancy graphics to do so.  that’s all I really wanted any ways.

 

My path is not taking me into the world of API programming.  And Code Academy has a neat little course of “How to use APIs with Python“.  Kinda matching up nicely I think 🙂

Well, I haven’t touched Python is almost 3 weeks 😦  On the plus side, I’ve been working on a website for a client, it’s done and online now.  Got more work from them so it’s all good 🙂

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Looking for creative AND technical people! (Uijeongbu)

My maker-space has been granted not one but TWO free events to help boost creativity in the world! I am looking for at least 2 or 3 people who want to build or make something, anything, with the promotions we have.

1/ Sugru.(https://sugru.com/) If you haven’t hear of this stuff before, you are seriously missing out. The date for this one is July 12 (potentially July 13)

“sugru is the exciting new self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand. It moulds like play-dough, bonds to almost anything and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight.”

This stuff is truly amazing. How about something as practical as bumpers for your iPhone? https://sugru.com/guides/how-to-make-bouncy-sugru-bumpers-for-your-iphone-5

What about a wall mount for your tablet? https://sugru.com/guides/make-an-ipad-wall-mount

Feel free to explore the Sugru site to see what others have done.

Now, for part two 🙂

2/ August 2013 Build Night with Jameco (Date for this one is not set but it will be late August)

Jameco is en electronics parts retailer. Because I am a Pro Member of Instructables, I have access to these types of events. Here is what’s included with the Jameco event.

“We are partnering with Jameco, a leading electronic components distributor, for our August 2013 build night. Sign up and we will ship you an electronics package that includes:

Standard Timer Single 8-Pin 555 Chip (10)
Resistor Assortment, 540 pieces (1)
Breadboard 3.25×2.125 (4)
Battery Snap, 6 inch (4)
Battery, Super Alkaline, 9V (4)
Grab Bag of Electronics Components (1)
LED Grab Bag – assorted colors and shapes (2)”

So, get your geek on and get in touch with me. I am looking for 2-3 people for this event as well!

These events are FREE. The parts supplied are FREE. The space used is FREE. The ONLY thing needed is to just document what we build, write up a ‘how to’ on it and we post it online for the world to see 🙂 That’s it. Oh, and have a whack of fun while doing so too 😉

The events will be hosted at my maker-space in Uijenongbu, Open Brain House (http://openbrainhouse.com). Please feel free to call/text me at 0104488507, or get in touch me with on KakaoTalk (search userID: DragnDon. Spelling is critical and you cannot find me by phone number because my KakaoTalk is on my Galaxy Tab, not my phone).

Location: Uijeongbu, South Korea

I now am possession of 27″ of LG  lovin’!  I just can’t figure out how to use the 3D.  So annoying.

Well, at least I got more desktop space now.  Been also side-tracked on making a website for some people, ended up getting a longer term bunch of work from them….so, Python learning will be a bit slower now 🙂