This morning as I was reading the news off my Google News Reader, I noticed one headline that was a little startling. Dianne Feinstein attacking Obama for not moving faster on the threat posted by the Islamic State. Politicians attacking each other is nothing new, but for a Democrat, and not just any Democrat, but one from California which tend to lean ultra liberal, to attach the president not being more hawkish does say something.
Gmail and Yahoo are not the most friendly to Email Marketers. But there are a few tricks you can use to help get your messages into the Inboxes. The key is to remember it is about user privacy.
Over the years my need to protect my data has risen in importance. Back in the day, burning off a few DVDs was enough, but today with the amount of data users have DVDs don't cut it. External hard drives are ok, but they are also prone to failure. So this leads us to moving everything to the cloud. Today I review 2 of the more popular options, BackBlaze, and CrashPlan. Where they excel, where they fail, and which one I am going to stick with.
A couple months ago I colocated my new server, and have been slowly migrating all the data from my old server to the new one. All this time, the new sever has been solid. That was until last night. When my raid card decided to drop a couple drives. Making the system unresponsive, resulting in about 6 hours of downtime while My datacenter guy and me tried to diagnose the problem and get it back online. For anyone thinking about putting WD green drives in a server, you might want to rethink that.
People with IPhone's or IPads tend to be a little too proud of their devices. They have reached a certain level of confidence with their device, and this confidence goes to their heads. But they still don't know enough to know what they don't know, and they cautiously avoid exposing themselves to that kind of knowledge for fear of losing that confidence. Similar in the way OLD people tend to avoid computers, as it makes them realize how little they know about today's world.
Recently my wife and I took our 4 year old out for Chinese. The food was excellent although a 4 year old who hasn't napped does not do well in a environment lacking a PlaySet. We have eat here before, though I don't remember the food being this good. It had been more than 5 years since we had eaten there before ( since before the birth of my son ).
First Choice Emergency Room which is one of those Emergency rooms you find located in Strip Malls, just opened their doors for business in Pearland, TX. The renovation to the building looks nice, though I hate to see what they would charge me for a visit. Interestingly in front of their clinic is a Monster Truck Ambulance. If you ever need medical care and are stuck in a place that is inaccessible to regular vehicles, First Choice Emergency Room has your back.
I recently built a new server, and have been slowly migrating all my sites from my old box to the new one. Some of the sites were built using third party components to do things like generate PDF documents. ABCPDF by websupergoo, was one of the components I was using. Unfortunately Version 6 of the component, does not play nice with Windows Server 2012 R2. So I was forced to upgrade to the latest Version 9.1. After installing the component I still was getting an error message. Here is the fix.
These days hosting providers are pushing their cloud offerings. To the average consumer cloud hosting seems perfect. You only pay for the hardware you need, and when you need to expand its just a matter of your hostin g provider reallocating resources to your node on the cloud. Then you also have the high availability and fault tollerance. But one place clouds fail is in performance.
Recently I had to write a script that would connect to our VOIP provider and send a fax via their web form. The idea was to elminate the additional steps of logging into their system, navigating to the "Send a Fax" section then filling out the form and clicking send. However once I had a script written I needed to test it. Unfortunately nobody these days has a fax machine. Thankfully I found a website that helped me out.