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About this blog…
I use this platform to share things that are of interest to me or things I'll want to reference later. Occasionally other people like these posts, hence "Shared Interests".
What might you find here?
- Problems I've solved (mostly computer- or network related).
- Recipes and cooking-related posts.
- Hobbies and projects.
- Our remodeling experience.
- Local (Sacramento) information.
- Anything that strikes my fancy.
Author Archives: Jim Vanderveen
‘vagrant ssh’ errors
I picked up a copy of Learning Puppet 4 shortly after publication and went through some of the examples and exercises. Pretty straightforward, although there were a few glitches in the examples, as is typical with any fast-moving technology. The … Continue reading
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Last year my wife bought me a countertop coffee roaster, and I’ve been hooked on home-roasting coffee ever since. Lately I’ve also been roasting in our convection open, which works great for medium- to medium-dark roast. (I use the countertop … Continue reading
Posted in Recipes Tagged coffee, coffee roasting, Sweet Maria's Leave a comment
Finally moving to https!
I haven’t been using my blog lately because I’ve been trying to find a reasonably-priced service that offers encrypted web connections, i.e. https://example.com. A few weeks ago my current hosting provider, Pair, started offering that as a free service. Woot! … Continue reading
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Viruses and OSX Time Machine
Argh! I did a full scan of my Mac and discovered a virus on the Time Machine volume. I wrote about this a few years ago, and the tweaks to my mail/anti-virus/Time Machine work flow have served me well. But … Continue reading
Posted in Mac OS X Tagged antivirus, sophos, time_machine Leave a comment
ISS Above installation via Mac OSX
I recently backed the ISS Above wearable project on Kickstarter, which got me thinking about (and tinkering with) my first ISS Above. What is it? Just a super-cool little widget that you can build on top of a Raspberry Pi … Continue reading
Let’s Make something at Hacker Lab!
Earlier this month I became one of the Facilitators at Hacker Lab in Sacramento. As such, I’ll be working in the Maker Space once or twice a week, helping users with the plethora of tools and equipment they have available. … Continue reading
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iOS7, battery killer!
I finally upgraded my iPhone 4S to iOS7 the other day, plugged in my charger that night, and started the day with a shiny new OS. But in less than an hour, my battery was dead. WTH?!?
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged battery, bluetooth, control center, ios7, iphone 4s Leave a comment
The 2012 Thanksgiving issue of Bon Appétit had a cranberry-orange-mint relish recipe that looked pretty good, except that my wife can’t stand mint. So I left out the mint, substituted satsumas for the oranges, and used star thistle honey instead of sugar. … Continue reading
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blog software updates
Wow, I had really let this blog fall by the wayside! 🙁 When I started the [30-day challenge][zero-to-hero] earlier this month, I knew one of the urgent things that needed to be done was a full update of the blog … Continue reading
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I’ve been playing with Arduino boards for the past year or two. These were designed as micro controllers for the masses — easy to program and simple to wire up. You need only the most rudimentary computer and electronics skills … Continue reading
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