Nostalgic Ambient Noise

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I’m on a computer far too much. Most of the time I have music, a TV show, or a movie playing in the background. The ambient noise helps me focus. However, sometimes it’s difficult to focus with understandable conversation or singing in the background.

It’s easy to find ambient noise loops of the ocean, wind, crowds, etc., but I wanted something a bit more nostalgic.

Ambient noise from video games and sci-fi TV shows and movies provided that nostalgia.

This post will be an ever growing list of the better nostalgic ambient noise streams I have come across.

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VirtualBox Commands Cheat Sheet

Monday, August 24, 2015

VirtualBox has always been the go-to piece of software to spin up virtual machines on your workstation.

More often than not, you will work with VirtualBox using its GUI. However, for those occasions where you are SSH’ing into a remote workstation running VirtualBox, it is often easier to work with it using the command line instead of forwarding X.

This post will be an ever growing list of useful VirtualBox commands.

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Install, Configure, and Use minidlna on OS X Yosemite

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sony finally released a DLNA media player for the Playstation 4 on June 16, 2015. I don’t have a lot of streamable media, but what I do have is stored on my laptop.

I have used Plex in the past, but it is overly complicated and “heavy” for my needs. I wanted a light weight DLNA server that could be daemonized and point to a media directory. minidlna turned out to be the answer.

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ffmpeg Commands Cheat Sheet

Saturday, August 22, 2015

ffmpeg is the swiss army knife of video and audio processing tools.

This post will be an ever growing list of useful ffmpeg commands.

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Sort of Turn Off Safari's Two Finger Swipe Animation

Sunday, July 12, 2015

I have never liked Safari’s two finger swipe back animation. It is unnecessary and slow, and forces the previous web page to be reloaded (this particular part will change in OS X El Capitan). Most people’s internet connections will load a web page faster than the animation can complete, so it just adds unnecessary waiting to web browsing.

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OS X Yosemite SendRawHCICommand EnqueueRequestForController

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I frequent the Console application in OS X, and, lately, I have been noticing a lot of the following error message:

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Wireless Laptop to Wireless Laptop Real World Throughput Benchmarks

Monday, June 22, 2015

More and more devices are becoming wireless. It isn’t unheard of for one person to be carrying three or more wireless devices on them at one time: a phone, a tablet, a laptop, and, more recently, a watch.

There are plenty of benchmarks and articles detailing the throughput achieved from a wireless device to a wired device - with a wireless router in the middle of course. This is useful to know if you’re transferring or streaming data from your laptop, phone, or tablet to a device connected via ethernet. However, most people forgo connecting anything via ethernet because connecting wirelessly is just too easy. I am much more interested in the throughput achieved from one wirelessly connected device to another wirelessly connected device.

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Doxie's Fanatical Support

Sunday, June 21, 2015

I work for Rackspace, home of Fanatical Support. What is Fanatical Support? Fanatical Support is multifaceted, but one part of it is going above and beyond the call of duty for the customer.

Few companies provide true Fanatical Support. Doxie is one of the companies that does.

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Fix Error 0x80070057 When Installing Windows 7 64-bit on a SSD

Saturday, May 9, 2015

While installing Windows 7 64-bit onto a Samsung 850 Evo SSD, I encountered error 0x80070057 immediately after formatting the hard drive.

Microsoft has a couple of support articles on this issue, but neither of them provide working solutions.

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Datadog OpenStack Capacity Reporting Plugin

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Datadog is a fantastic monitoring as a service company. Install their agent on your host and within seconds metrics are uploaded to their service to begin graphing. Their service can integrate with many popular products, but I have yet to find a plugin to integrate Datadog with one of the most talked about pieces of software today: OpenStack.

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