So the lovely Cath Jenkin pointed us Facebookers to this article on the Mail and Guardian website this morning.
And then there’s this quote which I’ve shamelessly stolen from Cath’s Facebook page:
…if we had amazing health care for all, in fab facilities, a non-existent employment rate, a crime rate that meant pickpocketing made the headlines and an education system, that taught our children well, for free…I’d build this estate with my own bare hands for the man. But we don’t. So. That’s how I feel.
I couldn’t agree more!
Getting a LAMP server up and running today, I stumbled across a great little shortcut to installing Apache, MySQL and PHP all in one shot.
sudo apt-get install lamp-server^
You can see the more important details here.
But that got me thinking, what’s the deal with the caret at the end of that command? I’ve never seen it before.
Well, take a gander over here for an explanation.
Nervous about that presentation or client demo?
Say something goes wrong; your client doesn’t notice, but you realize it was a close call that could have ruined the presentation. Don’t just walk away relieved. Think through what you could have done–and add the solution to your mental shelf.
Close calls are like gifts, because they let you learn painlessly.
How to be graceful under pressure
Thanks (Missing Link)
What a fantastic video from Toyota – “nothing soft gets in”.
So you want to grow your own vegetables and don’t have much space? How about setting up a small hydroponics system at home. It’s actually far simpler, cheaper and cleaner than you would imagine.
This guy in Singapore shows us how to do it on Instructables.
What started as a bunch of photo’s to remember how to put everything back together ended up as a fantastically beautiful stop motion video of the process of stripping and rebuilding a used motor. 3000 pictures and a lot of coffee!
via adafruit industries blog.
Anil Dash gives us some great food for thought about appstores and the inevitable direction they’re heading.
…I know there’s an entire class of applications that centralized services don’t create. Every day, a dozen different people at Google or at Facebook or at Twitter say to each other in a meeting, “Well, that’s a great feature, but only one percent of our users would want it, and it’s super compute-intensive, so let’s just table that for later.”
Unless some enterprising and generous engineer devotes their slack time to creating the feature out of sheer enthusiasm, those ideas die. Not because of merit, but because we have no option in between intermittently-connected, low-bandwidth personal devices and centralized megaservices with unified, homogenous feature sets.
No two people’s smartphones have the same functions, thanks to app stores. Everyone’s web sites have the same features, even despite platforms like Facebook’s apps, because those apps have to live within the constraints of what Facebook permits and can support.
Go read the whole thing, as usual, he’ll make you think.
via Anil Dash.
So this looks like an interesting storyline for a movie. Retired thief and his “pet” robot go back to thieving. Looks like fun.