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Making the move to becoming a Developer

Making the move to becoming a Developer

I having been playing with the idea of becoming a developer/programmer for a while now.  I have taken a few online course, but the rate of learning is limited.  Also many of the online learning sources are great to get you started, but they tell you write something or use a method, but don’t explain what it does or why your doing it. Today I took a step forward and applied to App Academy (NYC).   I will let you know if I get…

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Getting Xbuntu to run on Dual Monitors in Virtualbox

Getting Xbuntu to run on Dual Monitors in Virtualbox

I since Ubuntu is virtually worthless under virtualbox due to Unity.  I have moved over to running Xbuntu.  So far it is a great and fast OS.  I ran in to an issue when trying to get the Xbuntu to extend the desktop to both of my monitors.   fired up the terminal and entered this xrandr –output VBOX0 –left-of VBOX1 And all works perfectly now.

How to choose a new tablet? – Nook vs Kindle vs Nexus 7 – and the winner is….

How to choose a new tablet? – Nook vs Kindle vs Nexus 7 – and the winner is….

I have had my Nook tablet for about a year now.  Since day one I have been running custom ROM on it.  After adding the custom ROM it really has been the best tablet you could buy for $200.  I use it all the time, while my 10″ tablet never got used.  if i was going to bring something that big I was gonna bring my laptop. With all the new offerings this year, Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD, Nexus 7 and…

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Building a Ruby on Rails Development Machine on Windows 7

Building a Ruby on Rails Development Machine on Windows 7

So now that I have a new laptop (see post here, here, and here)  I am going to change my RoR Dev enviroment from Linux to windows.  or atleast I am going to try. First stop: RailsInstaller.org and pretty much that is all you need.  I like a few more things. Cygwin- Hint instill using admin rights, Sublime text 2 Add new SSH Keys to github and bitbucket. I think I am ready to go…..  Ohhh yeah Coffee!

Samsung Series 9 15 inch ultrabook – Bloatware removal

Samsung Series 9 15 inch ultrabook – Bloatware removal

More posts about this laptop here, here and here. The downside of an Ultrabook is the small hard drive.  One of the downside of the Windows ecosystem is the OAMs can install a bunch of useless software, also known as “Bloatware”.  Samsung didn’t fill this machine up with that much bloat, but with this small of a drive, every kilobyte counts. So the system shows that out of the 128 GB SSD that only about 89.1 GB is usable.  Of that paltry 89.1, only ~58 GB…

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My new workhorse : Samsung Series 9 NP900X4C 15 inch ultrabook – intro

My new workhorse : Samsung Series 9 NP900X4C 15 inch ultrabook – intro

More posts about this laptop here, here and here. I have been drooling over a new laptop for almost 2 years now.  Ever since my screen broke on my Acer 5610z.  I have alsways had a work laptop to hold me over, so I was waiting till I found something I really liked.  I knew i wanted something thin, light and powerful.  I bought  a 13″ Mac Book Air about 6 months ago and promtly returned it 3 days later.  It was sexy machine,…

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Updating My Nook Tablet

Updating My Nook Tablet

I was given a Nook Tablet for Christmas 2011, I soon rooted it to just be able to add market apps to the device.  I have been perfectly fine using it this way, but Banes and Noble skin is really starting to get in the way.  I am and gonna take the plunge and fully update it to CM7 (7.2). I am not going with CM9 (ICS) because I don’t feel it is stable enough yet.

10" Tablet vs 7" Tablet – which is better?

10" Tablet vs 7" Tablet – which is better?

I have had a 10″ Viewsonic G-tab for about a year and I also have a 7″ Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet for about 4 months.  When it comes down to choosing, you have to first decode what your going to use it for. There are literally dozens of Tablets to choose from. Do you need tablet?: While alot of people think they need a tablet, they soon find out that it becomes a paper weight that collects dust. Here are some ideas where…

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Google claims ownership of all your content on your Drive, Microsoft stays hands off, dropbox dead.

Google claims ownership of all your content on your Drive, Microsoft stays hands off, dropbox dead.

I love my Dropbox , but Google Drive and Microsoft Sky Drive launched today with much flair.  They are both about half the price of Dropbox, but my love for Dropbox is the easy folder integration, I have to test if these new services are as easy. The big concern no one is talking about, is the fine print and this would make me run from Google and give Microsoft a bug hug (and my money) Google ToS: “When you upload or otherwise submit content…

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Relaunching Pereda.org on my – GoDaddy Free Hosting

Relaunching Pereda.org on my – GoDaddy Free Hosting

I use Go Daddy as my domain site and a while ago they starting giving free Linux hosting (and Windows) with every domain name. Since I get Free Hosting with Every Domain I thought I would test it out by thowing up a quick wordpress site.  I put up the 2nd domain I ever bought Pereda.org. A decade or so ago pereda.org was a family tree website for my family,  I became paranoid about all that info in the open and took down the site.  I…

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