Problems Provisioning Ubuntu with Cobbler and Kickstart Profiles

Friday, December 19, 2014

Using cobbler to provision Ubuntu systems is no problem when using Preseed, but it is a problem when using Kickstart Profiles (Ubuntu has had Kickstart compatibility since at least 10.04).

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Making the iPhone Physically Smaller But Keeping the Same Screen Size

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

With the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the iPhone has now joined the ranks of Android phones with large screens. Personally, I think these screen sizes are just right, but everyone always want more. In this case, more means a physically smaller phone that some how retains the 4.7” or 5.5” screen size. How could Apple conceivably do this?

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ExifTool Commands Cheat Sheet

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ExifTool by Phil Harvey is a fantastic tool to edit the exif metadata on your pictures. It is especially useful when you have a lot of pictures to edit and have no desire to change metadata by hand.

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Understanding the OpenStack Swift Ring

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The folks over at SwiftStack have put together a great blog post and video describing how the ring works in OpenStack Swift.

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libpng Not Symlinking When Installing ImageMagick on OS X Yosemite

Monday, December 8, 2014

After upgrading from OS X Mavericks to OS X Yosemite, I attempted to install ImageMagick via Homebrew, but encountered the following error when brew was trying to install the libpng dependency:

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Centering Images with Jekyll and Markdown

Sunday, November 30, 2014

There are a handful of ways to center an image on a web page. The simplest method is to create a CSS class with the margin and display properties and apply that class to the image link.

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The Speculation Awakens

Friday, November 28, 2014

It has been well over 10 years since anybody has had new, official Star Wars canon to sink their teeth into. But, that wait is over. Just over two years after Episodes VII, VIII, and IX were announced, J.J. Abrams has given every Star Wars fan at least one thing to be thankful for this holiday season. If you haven’t already watched it - I don’t know why you wouldn’t have - go watch the teaser trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens.

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iCloud Photo Library items were not uploaded due to a network error

Friday, November 28, 2014

Apple recently enabled the ability for users to upload photos to iCloud Photo Library through icloud.com. Prior to that users could only upload ohotos to iCloud Photo Library through beta.icloud.com.

I have been uploading photos to iCloud Photo Library every since it was first enabled on beta.icloud.com. However, I have recently run into problems.

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Apple Needs to Allow Hiding or Uninstalling of the Bundled iOS Apps

Thursday, November 20, 2014

There is no doubt that everyone who owns an iOS device has a screen or folder dedicated to housing the bundled Apple Apps that are never used. It has become an ever increasing “problem” with each release of iOS.

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Multi-machine Vagrantfile with Shorter, Cleaner Syntax Using JSON and Loops

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In a previous post, I provided an example Vagrantfile to create multiple virtual machines. That Vagrantfile works perfectly fine, but it contains a lot of redundant code. Because a Vagrantfile is written in Ruby, it is possible to create a Vagrantfile with shorter, cleaner syntax using JSON and loops.

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