Tech In My Life

Trying to blog again

It’s been a long while since I’ve written anything here. Thinking about putting some posts up. Mostly just common questions people ask me or things I feel may be of some use. If you didn’t see it take a look at my first post in a long time. It’s a guest post over at SEJ called: “Look Ma, no pager!” Scaling a WordPress Media Network Without Losing Your Sanity

Apple EVDO

UPDATE: Macbook PRO EVDO v640 card problems

Ever since I’ve been on Verizon’s EVDO with my MacBook PRO my Mac won’t sleep as quickly. Sometimes it won’t sleep at all and lets the battery drain completely. What’s worse is when it does sleep it needs a reboot to reconnect to EVDO after waking from sleep. I’ve been looking for a solution for sometime.

I’ve now removed the VZAccess software from Verizon and am running with the native EVDO drivers that ship with OSX 10.4.7+. Found a few pointers that recommend this. There is a good summary page here.

What you will miss by Uninstalling

* Logging of each connection, connected time, data transfered
* Graph of current usage along with fastest upload and download speeds
* Manual Activation

You’ll now get a nice signal meter and connected time in the top title bar (see image below).


Apple EVDO

EVDO – Speedtest – Bellagio – Las Vegas, NV

Took a couple tests from our room in the Bellagio.

(reports expired) it was a good speed though 😉

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Google Video Ads appearing

Google has been testing Video ads for some time. Tonight for the first time I saw them appear on a few blog posts here. They are ads for Pontiac’s new car. Will be interesting to see how the CTR and eCPM compare to the traditional ads.

Google Video Ad

Apple EVDO

Macbook PRO EVDO v640 card problems

EVDO on my Macbook PRO works just fine… Well the first time after a clean boot. If the computer goes to sleep the EVDO connection/card fails to reconnect. No amount of ejecting or restarting the Verizon app will make it work. You have to actually REBOOT. Searched the web for some solutions but came up blank. There has to be some process or command that will trick the card into working after coming back from sleep.


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Firebug 1.0 Beta

I’ve been playing with the Firebug 1.0 private beta for the last few days and it’s quite a tool. v0.4 the last release of Firebug had already combined the most popular features Venkman, Console2, and the DOM inspector. 1.0 adds a entire new set of features. JS profiling and Net request tracing similar to Tamper Data are IMHO the most powerful. Joe has been hard at work and been fising issues as quick as we find them. Firebug now has enough functionality that it could implement and examine all the tips included in my entire presentation at OSCON.

The new website Get Firebug gives you a glimpse of what is coming shortly:


Upgraded WordPress to 2.0.4…

I thought it’d have been easier. Ok it was pretty simple. Just FTP the new release over the current one. I made a backup first. I had hacked up the default theme a good bit to I had to restore my hacks. Maybe it would be easier if each new version of wordpress shipped with a versioned default theme. So default-2.0.2 or default-2.0.4, etc. This way any upgrade is as simple as copy over your files.


Steve Irwin (aka. The Croc Hunter) dead

Wow.  Seems to be all over the place but quite shocking that Steve Irwin ‘The Croc Hunter’ has died.  It wasn’t a crock but a stingray’s 15cm barb that severed main arteries near his heart.

Steve “The Croc Hunter” Irwin. 1962 – 2006



Bad user experience… – ASK Blog Search

Went to search for some OSCON related blog posts and what do I get

ASK blog search error message fun

Why don’t they put this on the search bar itself BEFORE I search? Bad user experience.


MacOS X 10.4.6 – wget

Well my MacBook Pro arrived. Couldn’t find a binary version of wget for MacOSX 10.4.6 so decided to build it for myself. wget makes easy work of downloading HTTP/FTP items. I needed this to grab some of the certs when trying to get Gmail’s POP over SSL to work on my Nokia E61.

Here’s the copy of wget I built on Mac OS X 10.4.6