Cowells Live

This is Cowell’s Beach in Santa Cruz. The live stream is courtesy of Surfline. This is the free version. It streams for about 30 seconds at a time. Ads are sandwiched in between the streams. At the moment, there’s a big swell from the WNW bringing 3-5 foot waves, and occasional 6 foot waves. If it’s going good at Cowell’s, Mavericks at the moment is firing at 20-25 feet, with occasional 30 foot waves.

Identify Your iPad Model

If you’re having a little trouble identifying your iPad, Apple has a page that identifies the year and the model of your iPad. You need to search for your model number at the back of your device between the FCC ID and the Serial Number. You’ll find some number that starts with an “A” similar to this “A1489.” On the Apple page, you need to search for your model number. It will tell you what iPad version do you have.

Link: Identify Your iPad Model

How To Prevent Plastic Mat From Moving On Carpet

We just laid new carpeting three months ago. I bought a new plastic mat so it doesn’t wear out the carpet underneath the computer chair. There’s a slight problem though, the mat keeps moving towards the wall and it would curl up, and I have to constantly pull it back. This happens on a daily basis. I read online that you can secure a plastic map to the carpet and floor using really long tacks, but I really don’t want to do that. Another option is to use some kind of carpet gripper underneath the mat. I don’t want to mess up the carpet either. Finally, it dawned on me, why don’t I just place the plastic mat underneath one or a couple of the legs of the desk.

mat

Problem solved.

Apple Faulty AC Adapters

It’s not often that Apple recall its products, but the faulty AC adapters has the potential to cause harm due to overheating of the plugs. Countries that are affected are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. There have been 12 incidents reported worldwide so far. The recall does not affect the U.S., Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, or the U.K. But Apple says the faulty AC plugs are also in the World Travel Adapter Kit.

Rams, Raiders and Chargers

The Rams, Raiders and Chargers have one thing in common. They all want to move to LA. All three teams have filed for relocation to LA according to the NFL. Based on history, the Rams deserve the first choice in my opinion because they were once called the LA Rams. The Raiders gets second choice being the LA Raiders at one point. I would give the third choice to the Chargers who situated a couple of hours south of LA. I thoroughly understand why these teams want LA, being the second biggest market in the US.

Hitting Backspace 28 Times

Apparently, there’s a simple way to hack a Linux distro. Just hit backspace 28 times in a row and you’re in. This applies to systems that use Grub2 boatloader, which applies to pretty much all Linux distros. On bootup, you can bypass the lock screen by hitting backspace 28 times in a row, and it will send you to the grub rescue shell. Researchers say there is a bug that creates a memory error leak, which in turn opens up a rescue shell. You’ll need physical access to the keyboard to take advantage of this bug. Ubuntu, Redhat and Debian have already release patches, so you’re out of luck.