Charging In Style: LifeStar Charge Cables

Anyone who knows me understands my desire of both form and function. When it comes to tech hardware, I enjoy the aesthetic as much as the the practicality of an object, so it's important that the hardware I purchase is as good-looking in addition to well-functioning. A few months back…

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SpeedTest.net Command Line App

A while back, I wrote a post about how to test your bandwidth from the command line as to avoid using a Flash-based website like Speedtest.net. The method I wrote about was essentially a download test that would place the file into /dev/null, saturating your connection and effectively…

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Protect Your Privacy With Cloak

In today's world, most of our important business tasks are done online. To aid our culture's desire for making connectivity as ubiquitous as water, there are signs everywhere boasting free Wi-Fi for patrons of places ranging from restaurants to bowling alleys. As someone who does a decent amount of their…

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Make Your iPhone Truly Silent

When I put my phone on silent, I usually have a pretty good reason for not wanting interruptions. There are parts of the day I don't want my concentration broken: during a call with a client from my desk phone or a brief one-on-one with a colleague. When my phone…

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Why The Current Argument For Net Neutrality Is Flawed

"Instead of railing against fast lanes, we should be pushing Washington to explore ideas like this that could actually promote competition among ISPs." Makes sense, considering the most people base their Net Neutrality argument on an inaccurate model of how the Internet actually works. It is why politicians will endlessly…

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Could OpenTable Have A Rival In Its Midst?

Could recently-acquired OpenTable already have a rival to contend with? According to startup incubator Expa, this could be just the case - at least in New York City. Information on the new venture - named Reserve - is sparse. The website is a simple landing page where you can enter…

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FCC To Be Stifled By House Bill

A little publicized bill came out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce at the end of May. The bill, plainly called H.R. 4752, as originally drafted, aims to curtail what little authority the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) currently wields over broadband Internet providers. H.R. 4752 has…

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Pulling Nginx from the Right Repository

Recently I ran into an issue when trying to set Nginx up in New Relic because the repository I used to apt-get install nginx from wasn't actually the developer's repository. Little did I know that by default, Ubuntu doesn't pull from Nginx's repository when you apt-get so the code I…

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Monitoring Nginx with New Relic

I've had my New Relic account for some time, using it to monitor multiple VPSes and the applications that run on them. Since switching from PHP-based Wordpress to Ghost, which is run on node.js, I've been putting off monitoring both node.js and Nginx, primarily due to lack of…

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Email Reminders in OS X

One of the features in Outlook that makes it awesome at basic task management is its ability to easily set a reminder for an email (read or unread) for followup. A followup would be some sort of actionable task, like needing to send a reply, forwarding the email or a…

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