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Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple announced the launch of CarPlay today.  My initial reaction is UGH! NO! and my bias is based with my experience with BMW and Apple.   Current BMWs integrate with Apple and only Apple.  I dont like this. I am not an Apple guy and if i was I don’t like my $40,000 + car being locked down to one eco system.  My cars I keep for a long time like 10 years or so, but my phone i change…

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HTPC build – ATOM Baytrail Celeron. Part 1

HTPC build – ATOM Baytrail Celeron. Part 1

So as some of you may know I have recently bought another house and moved in to that house. This issues I have been faced with is that I now need to have live TV available on both TVs(and for fun in my office). I have a cheap discard PC from an office that I have been using for over a year as my main HTPC. I don’t remember the specs, but they are poor. It really just gets the…

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Review of Gorilla Gadgets Uhuru! 11200mAh Portable Battery Pack

Review of Gorilla Gadgets Uhuru! 11200mAh Portable Battery Pack

This may have just saved my life.   It is early 2014 and we are getting an artic blast here in good ole USA. -10 F and blizzard conditions.I had to drive 270 miles through a mostly rural state. My rental car has a USB port for charging my phone which is also my GPS. I am set and ready for the journey. shortly in to my trip the weather and the roads turn nasty and my 4 hour drive…

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Updating wordpress crashes Multisite – Fixed – sorta

Updating wordpress crashes Multisite – Fixed – sorta

Today I go to update one of my WP Multisites and I crash all the sites on that install. Downloading update from http://wordpress.org/wordpress-3.8-new-bundled.zip… Unpacking the update… Verifying the unpacked files… Preparing to install the latest version… Enabling Maintenance mode… Copying the required files… Disabling Maintenance mode… Could not copy file.: wp-includes/js/plupload/handlers.min.js Installation Failed  All I get a blank page. I pursue the error logs and I get  PHP Fatal error:  require(): Failed opening required ‘/var/www/myfolder/wp-includes/date.php’ Looks like I somehow lost the date.php…

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The exciting world of bitcoin

The exciting world of bitcoin

Ok I have been avoiding it, but I am have been bitten by the bitcoin bug. Unfortunately, I am late to this party, but I figured I’d invest a very little bit just in case it really blows up. I have not made a cash for bitcoin investment yet,but I will soon.  What I have done is commit my ideling PC to a bit coin mining pool. Shortly after seeing the fractions of a penny roll in, I now needed…

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512mb Droplet Database error – FIXED

512mb Droplet Database error – FIXED

OK I am pretty sure i found and fixed my issue I had on Christmas day. I was running out on memory and MySql was shutting down. There is a very good how to https://www.digitalocean.com/community/articles/how-to-configure-virtual-memory-swap-file-on-a-vps on how to fix this in a few few mins. Seemed to happen when all my diffrent sites were being hit at once.

New Server – first outage

New Server – first outage

So I have been on the new server for a week now and I just had my first outage on Christmas day. I am not really sure what happened but it seemed that MySql crashed or didn’t come back up. A quick reboot fix the issue. I also decreased the Log level of my sites. I have also increased the monitoring on my main sites to keep an eye on things.

Running a startup script in Xbuntu / Ubuntu

Running a startup script in Xbuntu / Ubuntu

So my Last dual monitor fix only lasted till I rebooted the system. I needed to get the command in to a Start up script.   I created a script called dualmon.sh witht he excat same code. I tried calling it from rc.local file but that didn’t work   I then just just added the command in .bash_login file and it works great. also .bashrc file updated