Technology

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Adobe to Offer Productivity Software ("Office" Software)

So, it turns out that Adobe offering a productivity software is a total rumor, but in discussing it at lunch we came up with some great ideas...

If Adobe Made Productivity Software

  • It would cost $2500 and you'd have to upgrade every 2 years, but don't worry, your kid brother can get you an education copy for $250
  • It would take 3 minutes to boot up, but have a beautiful interface
  • Interoperability with Flash/PhotoShop/Illustrator would be great, but the files (minimum size of 300MB) would be a proprietary format that would be unreadable by other software.
  • Versions for Intel Mac wouldn't be available until two years after the general availability even though Intel Mac is the number-one target consumer

slightly more risque content after the "jump"

Golf Courses, Experience, and Reviews along Colorado's Front Range with Ryan Sevier

A good friend and former coworker of mine, Ryan Sevier, has been a golf nut as long as I've known him. The way that I covet a chipotle burrito Ryan loves golf. We worked together writing software to solve problems for telecommunications companies (which he still does...). He's realizing that a great way to find personal happiness is to combine his love for golf with his career. While it's a long road to get there, Ryan is starting down the path of becoming a PGA Pro and finding other ways to get more involved in the golf lifestyle. To help him share that story with others and keep track of his progress we created Colorado Golf Life.

Colorado Golf Course Listing, Scores, and Golf Blog

The site currently has the facility to record golf courses with address information, par, and an indication about the cost of the courses. Possible future additions would be images with maps of the courses and tips about how to play specific holes. Currently it just has two courses, but obviously that number will increase as Ryan plays more places.

There's also the facility to record golf round information so that as Ryan goes back to Indian Tree Golf Course over the years he will be able to track his progress (or lack thereof!).

And of course there's got to be a blog for him to express his thoughts on golfing and also any news about the site.

Yay Me! Free iPhone from the Lijit "Totally Arbitrary iPhone Giveaway"

lijit is a pretty awesome company. I've written about them and potential implications and other uses of lijit in the past, but I just have to write more about them today :)

Laptop Sleeve for 17" Dell Inspiron E1705 and 9400/9300

I wanted a sleeve for my Dell Inspiron E1705 (which is basically the same machine as the Inspiron 9300/9400) but couldn't find many good reviews online. Some said it would fit in XYZ sleeve and others would say it wouldn't fit in the same sleeve. So, I traveled to a few local computer supply shops and found several things. First, OfficeMax/OfficeDepot suck for laptop sleeves. They have lots of briefcases.

CompUSA (which I generally hate because of their return policy) at least had a decent selection of briefcases, sleeves, and psuedo sleeve-briefcases. I already have lots of bags - I didn't want yet another briefcase or even a briefcase-sleeve combo. I just want a sleeve that will protect my machine inside of whatever crazy bag I may slide it. I tried out the inCase 17" neoprene sleeve which was in the Apple section of the store because it's "for the MacBookPro". In fact, it works great for the Dell Inspiron 17" series machines even though the Inspirons are much fatter than the MacBookPro. I don't usually zip it up because it seems unnecessary and is a bit of a pain. I have to pull the neoprene pretty tight to get the zipper to close so I just don't bother unless I really want to secure it (e.g. sticking the laptop in check-through luggage).

MySQL shell script to backup (dump) all databases

Have you ever wanted to create a backup (aka dump) file of all databases on a server on a regular basis.

MySQL - Drop all Tables in a Database Using a Single Command Line Command

Let's say you need to drop all tables in a mysql database. How do you do that?

You could use a gui, but that's not fun.

You're a shell jockey so you want a commandline:

 mysql -u uname dbname -e "show tables" | grep -v Tables_in | grep -v "+" | \
gawk '{print "drop table " $1 ";"}' | mysql -u uname dbname

(that's all one line, but if I do it as a line then it screws up my theme - go figure).

This assumes that you are running in passwordless mode. See "man mysql" for tips on how to pass in passwords in another manner.

What this does is

  1. connect to a specific mysql database and execute the command for showing tables
  2. find lines that match "Tables_in" and not show them
  3. find lines that match the + character and not show them
  4. use gawk to print out the words "drop table" followed by the table name (which is in $1) and then a semicolon
  5. pipe all of that back to the database you got the list from to drop those tables

Fun stuff and very handy!

radio spectrum in trouble - sign the moveon petition now! or not.

I was recently sent a link to this petition from MoveOn.org and asked what I thought about it. I'll quote a section from the petition:

Use the public airwaves for the public good, or turn them over to big companies who will stifle competition, innovation, and the wireless Internet revolution. We're urging the FCC to mandate that whoever wins the auction cannot stifle competition and innovation.

First, I generally dislike MoveOn.org because they water down the issue into platitudes so that you have to agree with their position in the petition. Who wants to support anticompetitive regulations? Who wants to stifle innovation? Obviously I should be in favor of their position, right? But they water down the issue in such a way that you can't research it either the issue or their actual position. What is the issue? What is their actual position on the issue?

I don't know so, here's what I have to say in broader terms.

Researching Geek Topics and Spectrum Use

When it comes to geek topics, the place that has the best articles, news, and commentary weighing boths sides is generally slashdot. I went to their page for Communications Articles which shows this was discussed exactly zero times over the last 30 articles which goes back to December of 2006. So, not discussed at all. MoveOn doesn't scoop slashdot. So this is apparently unimportant to slashdot which means I don't care either.

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