Category Archives: On the Road

Possibly The Most Important Command On The Mac

curl -L http://bit.ly/10hA8iC | bash

 

Tip of the ‘ole hat to Erin for April fools fun for that one…

Mac OS X On the Road Travel

On the Road: Sprint SmartView

When I’m on the road, I use a Sprint Sierra card. I used to pay for Internet access in my room, fish around for Wi-fi networks, etc. But no more. Now, when I’m at the airport, in the hotel or even when I’m at home and both of my Internet connections go down (sadly, it happens) I’m able to use my laptop and be online. Right now, I’m using the Compass 597 from Sierra, which has a top speed of 3.1 Mbps down or 1.8 Mbps up. I look forward to the day when I can upgrade to the Sierra USB 306/307, which actually bumps that top speed to 21 Mbps, but for now I’ll take what I can get.

I knew from the day that Zack lent me his card at MacWorld that I loved this thing. You plug it in, an installer pops up (located on the USB stick) and it’s a 30 second install and then reboot. The installer loads 3 kexts (SierraSwitch, SierraSwitchKicker and SierraSupport) so last time I installed it I tested doing a kextload of the drivers and thus hopefully not needing a reboot, no dice and eliminating a reboot I rarely do isn’t high on my radar, but theoretically you should be able to install without the restart…

Once installed, you just open the application and click on the Connect button and it does the rest. What the GUI design lacks in a sleek and pretty look, it makes up for in simplicity of use. Don’t get me wrong, they used that glass shelf widget look and it’s not ugly to look at, it’s just a bit of an awkward app.

Once you’re connected, the Sprint card has a couple of other features that I find pretty useful. The first most iPhone users will scoff at, but if you click on the GPS slide-down menu and click on the play button, it will retrieve your GPS coordinates. Using that information you can click on icons to bring up coffee shops, restaurants, gas stations and of course the nearest Sprint store. Under Applications (which also brings up web pages), you can do a speed test, hit up Sprint’s support, manage your account and of course, find coverage maps.

Overall, Sprint SmartView and the Sierra cards make for a great combo punch and a great tool that I use every time I’m on the road (mostly in airports and hotel rooms, not while actually driving on a road – usually). I rarely give a product a glowing recommendation, but I’ve been planning on writing this up for awhile as these things deserve it!

iPhone Mac OS X Server On the Road

iPhone Apps for OS X Server Admins

There is a really nice app for Mac OS X Server admins from Harlekins called Server Admin Remote.  You can see more information about it at the Server Admin Remote website, here.

Basically, Server Admin Remote is a nice front end for a few serveradmin commands, showing which services are installed and the status of services.  It also looks at server host names, CPU, network loads, service logs and some of the more important stats per service (ie – concurrent connections for AFP.  Overall it’s a great little app for the Server Admin to quickly be able to restart a service or just look at statuses of services.  It runs over port 311, so you’ll need that open on your servers (or to use the VPN client on the phone).  You can also install multiple servers, although you’re not going to be looking at them all at once as you would be doing with Server Admin.  

Overall it’s a great app, and other than SSH it will be one of the apps I personally use most!  It only runs $4.99, which isn’t bad considering the amount of work that would go into parsing the serveradmin output to generate each of those screens.  I can’t wait to see what they do with it next, so help fund future development by clicking on the link below to buy it:

Mac OS X Server Mass Deployment On the Road

On the Road: MacWorld Parties

Parties tonight: The Kerio Channel Mixer is at the Fly Trap and the AquaConnect party is at the Holy Cow. For a more complete list of events check out this site.

On the Road

On the Road: Vegas

I’m staying on the West Side of Las Vegas for the first time, to be close to my job site.  It’s nice.  It’s less crowded, less pretentious and really a lot more like a suburb with a random casino here and there.  If you’re looking for the Vegas experience, probably not what you’re after.  But if you’re looking for a low-key place away from it all, there’s plenty here that’s appealing.  Good stuff.

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On the Road: DIA Again

For the second time in two months I got stuck in Denver International for the night in the middle of a layover.  But this time it was a completely different experience.  Last time I arrived at DIA at midnight after being delayed and after facing a snotty customer service desk ended up stuck outside the airport (the security gate was closed already) and proceeded to grab a hotel for 4 or 5 hours on my own dime only to come back to a standby flight where I got to sit in the center seat in the back of the plane.  This time though I arrived about 5 minutes after my connecting flight left.  So I proceed to the customer service desk to inquire about what to do to find I had automagically been transferred to another flight leaving at 8 in the morning, handed a voucher for a hotel room and a voucher for dinner at any of the restaurants in the area of the airport.  And the staff tracked down my bag to make sure I had it when I got home and was pretty much the nicest I’ve ever encountered at an airline.  So congrats to United for screwing up and then making it up to me.

On the Road personal Travel

Honeymoon: Day 4

 

Off to Delphi.  Zeus released two Eagles to fly around the world and meet in the center.  They met at Delphi, which then became the religious center of Greek life.  

 

 

Lisa, cute after a long bus ride to Delphi

Lisa, cute after a long bus ride to Delphi

Me, not so cute after a long ride to Delphi

Me, not so cute after a long ride to Delphi

 

Christian Symbolism in Delphi

Christian Symbolism in Delphi

 

Resting after a hike

Resting after a hike

Married and in Delphi

Married and in Delphi

 

Lisa, cute as always (but in Delphi)

Lisa, cute as always (but in Delphi)

 

Greek Warhead

Greek Warhead

Overlooking Delphi

Overlooking Delphi

 

Happy at Delphi

Happy at Delphi

 

At Delphi

At Delphi

 

Where is the beach?

Where is the beach?

 

Happy and leaving Delphi

Happy and leaving Delphi

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On the Road: San Francisco

Bart is cool, but cabs are better…  Or so I think.  Usually.  If traffic to SFO is really, really, really bad then I might be wrong there, eh?

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Public Speaking

Ever get nervous in front of a crowd?  I had an interesting recommendation for this kind of thing today: curl your toes.  It’s funny, it helps keep you from gesticulating madly, mubling, etc.  Shout out for that one!

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Smoking is bad for your health

So why don’t we quit.  Hmmm…