Lessons from the BART strike

BART union employees went on strike for 5 days. At the end of the strike, there is no new contract and no progress. Both parties are as far apart as they were before the strike. Bay Area commuters were irked due to long lines, extended commutes, and lost productivity. The only reason the strike was ended is because the BART union were feeling the heat and losing support from the public. Back to the drawing board. Back to square one. What was accomplished from the last five days? Absolutely nothing. Instead both parties agreed to continue negotiations and extend the current contract for a month. They could have done this and averted a strike. Meanwhile, who pays for the millions of dollars in lost productivity? If you are going to strike, at least show some backbone without losing any of your bargaining power. That’s a fail in my book.

How To Photograph Fireworks

Just two days away from the Fourth of July. Some of you may be watching fireworks with a camera on hand. National Geographic has some photography tips on how to photograph fireworks.

Set your camera to manual mode. Use ISO of 100, f/11, and 1/2 second. If it’s too dim or too bright, you can vary the shutter speed but keeping the aperture the same.

And lastly, don’t forget to post your best photo online.

2013 MacBook Air

I have a Late 2010 MacBook Air. After 2.5 years, it’s still going strong. Recently, I started looking into the latest, 2013 Macbook Air. From the external perspective, it looks exactly the same. It’s the same dimension, same weight, and the same sleek design. What’s change is what’s in the inside.

The new 2013 MacBook Air has a newer OS, faster CPU, faster SSD, more memory, faster Wi-Fi with the integrated 802.11ac adapter, faster USB with USB 3.0, long-lasting battery up to 14 hours, a backlit keyboard, and dual integrated mics. Sounds like a winner to me.

The only big issue I’ve heard with the newer MacBook Airs is the Wi-Fi issues with the new 802.11ac adapters. That’s a major one. I predict that this would be rectified eventually with future software updates. Maybe, it’s worth waiting a bit longer until Apple fixes the problem.

Read Ars Technica’s review of the 2013 MacBook Air.

Who Wants An Ouya

Apparently everyone does. It’s already sold out at Amazon and GameStop. It might be available at BestBuy and Target, but supplies are limited. Ouya is an open-source game console launched for just $99. It’s powered by Android OS and by a Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset making it easier for developers to port games into the console. There are currently 170 downloadable games.

For more details about the Ouya, read more from this CNet article.

Samsung NX First Android Based Camera

Per LinuxGizmos.com

Samsung unveiled a quad-core, 20-megapixel Galaxy NX camera with 4G LTE and a 4.8-inch display, billed as being the first Android-based, connected interchangeable-lens camera, as well as an Android-powered 16-megapixel, 10x-zoom Galaxy S4 Zoom. Also today, Samsung unveiled the Ativ Q, a dual-boot 13.3-inch convertible tablet that runs Android and Windows 8 on an Intel “Haswell” Core processor.

Read the rest of the article.

14 Cities With Google Fiber

Google plans to roll out Google Fiber to 14 cities. 12 cities in Kansas and Missouri have already struck a deal. Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas were recently added to the list. Google Fiber is officially available in Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS. Google Fiber boasts download speeds of up to 1 Gbps. Eventually, Google plans to install Google Fiber in 1000 cities. So, 2 cities down and 998 more to go.

Here’s a list of the Fiber Cities so far.

Default Virtual Host in Apache

If you have multiple domains installed in a virtual host configuration with one IP address in Apache, the IP address may not resolve to the domain you prefer. Let me explain.

For example, you have the following domains running on an Ubuntu Server with one IP address.

abc.com
cde.com
klm.com
xyz.com

All the domains are resolving as expected on the browser.

However, if you type the IP address on the browser, it only defaults to the first domain found in the /etc/apache2/sites-available directory, which is most likely abc.com.

If you want the IP address to default to another domain, such as klm.com for example, you will need to edit the /etc/apache2/httpd.conf file and add the following entries.

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerName www.klm.com
ServerAlias klm.com
DocumentRoot /var/www/klm.com/www
</VirtualHost>

Those are the only entries you’ll need. Typing the IP address on the browser will now default to the contents of klm.com. All the other domains are still accessible via domain names on the browser.

Twenty Twelve Title Contain No Spaces

There is a conflict between the Twenty Twelve WordPress and the All in One SEO Pack plugin. When the plugin is installed and you happen to be using the Twenty Twelve theme, the result is, there will be no space between your site title and blog title. You’ll notice this if you look at the title bar of your browser. After a couple of searches, I found a fix online. It involves editing the Twenty Twelve functions.php file and commenting out line 185 which contains the code below.

You will need to change:

add_filter( 'wp_title', 'twentytwelve_wp_title', 10, 2 );

and comment out:

// add_filter( 'wp_title', 'twentytwelve_wp_title', 10, 2 );

Also, you need to clear your browser cache to see results.

I’m Officially On Feedly

Since Google decided to shutdown Reader the other day, I decided to migrate over to Feedly. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one. Feedly announced today that there over 500,000 users that have migrated over from Reader. Not a bad pickup for a week.

The main reason I went with Feedly was the interface looks modern and clean. I also like the section “You Might Also Like.” It give users access to feeds similar in content. As long as Feedly keeps their end of the bargain by making the pages snappy, I think most Google Reader users will be happy.

OS X Update 10.8.3

I’m currently updating OS X Mountain Lion on my Mac. The update is 567MB and takes about 15 minutes based on my connection. The OS update includes features and fixes such as:

  • Redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac’s built-in camera
  • Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8
  • Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3TB hard drive
  • A fix for an issue that could case a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly

And a few more….

Here’s a snapshot of the update.

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For detailed info about the update, visit the following links: