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Hardware & Technology / US to hand off control of the Internet
« on: August 17, 2016, 03:18:00 PM »

"The move means the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which is responsible for interpreting numerical addresses on the Web to a readable language, will move from U.S. control to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a multistakeholder body based in Los Angeles that includes countries such as China and Russia."

Finally bit the bullet on my win8.1 workstation last week and I like it much better. I'm going to do so on my main win7 today, reluctantly, with the option to roll-back.

Water Cooler / Have you seen my tinfoil hat?
« on: February 28, 2016, 05:27:06 PM »
aka, "where are we going, and what's with this handbasket?"

So, this week I reached up to adjust my tinfoil hat and noticed it was no longer there. I've succumbed to online services' data storage as well as google accounts, apps and services.

Resistance was futile.

We are now one.

wtf...well, since I've come this far, hold my beer - I'm jumping in headfirst.

Now trying out trello as replacement for my tried and true sticky-notes-everywhere method, and even using Google calendar to keep things straight. I still have some sticky notes hanging around, and one paper calendar I can't quite toss, but I'm working on it.

Maybe I shouldn't be posting this, I think they're on to me...

Hardware & Technology / Need a new camera - what do you suggest?
« on: February 20, 2016, 01:38:32 PM »
I want something that will take decent photos for client locations, maybe ok-ish 720p video for quick and dirty about-us vids for low-rent clients. I am working on a local videographer partner for high-end.

It would be nice if it were something I could stick in a baggy shorts pocket to take on the business trip to Hanoi or where ever we go.

Mainly point-and-shoot. Budget $350 but would prefer the 200-300 range.

Olympus TG4 is on the shortlist:

It would be nice in case I forget it in the vehicle after a quick client shoot and it freezes overnight. Bonus for double-duty on wet vacations.

The new canon sx720 coming out next month looks like a nice compromise between quality and portability, though I'm worried I'd not carry it as much as the lighter/smaller TG4.

What say ye?

Hardware & Technology / App of the Day
« on: February 19, 2016, 01:02:51 PM »

binaural beats for brain entrainment

3 modes: focus, relax, sleep

works best with headphones/buds.

About to try it out after hearing an agency guy makes 100 mins/day for focus mandatory for employees. Reading around, sounds pretty good.

I'll update at some point.

Hardware & Technology / Windows 10 Shutup Antispy tool
« on: February 18, 2016, 04:01:11 PM »
Came across in my early morning travels today. Looks good:

Web Development / BTW, SUCKS Lately
« on: September 23, 2015, 01:38:44 PM »
Idiots took a site offline due to CMS not being current version, and locked me out from http/ftp/etc and told me to upgrade it.

Gave me no way to access it to fix it, no prior warning, and refused to put the site back online. Took me 2 hours of over 10 calls/emails which got me nowhere until I asked for direct contact info of the CEO and dept heads, then they had no problem turning the site back on. This was dealing with ~5+ different techs, and me being a 14 year customer spending thousands with them.

I moved it and will be moving the rest asap. I suggest you do the same if they are hosting anything important for you. True imbeciles at the wheel over there.

Traffic / Yahoo testing G ads in search results
« on: July 02, 2015, 02:31:38 PM »

Deal is up to 49% of results, but it's not on clear on ads vs. organic. Anyone know?

Says in Oct Bing could be phased out altogether.

Hardware & Technology / Windows 10 = "last version of windows"
« on: May 11, 2015, 03:27:11 PM »
Going to service model.

So, what do you think the yearly fee is going to be?

Hardware & Technology / Need some scraping-fu help
« on: April 21, 2015, 02:20:18 PM »
I need a way to grab urls from html code source that is dynamically generated. I am looking for a way to extract all of the reblog post urls from a tumblr post that has hundreds of reblogs.

Example (not mine):

Here is the code for one reblog link:
Code: [Select]
<li class="note reblog tumblelog_beirl1962pb without_commentary">
  <a rel="nofollow" class="avatar_frame" target="_blank" href="" title="Little Rebel">
    <img src="" class="avatar " alt="" /></a>
  <span class="action" data-post-url="">
    <a rel="nofollow" href="" class="tumblelog" title="Little Rebel">beirl1962pb</a> reblogged this from
    <a rel="nofollow" href="" class="source_tumblelog" title="Developing Focus in Kids Through Martial Arts">fishkillkidskarate</a>
  <div class="clear">


Two issues - 1) to get all urls loaded in, you have to keeping scrolling down to the bottom until they are all loaded.
2) The url I need is in the span tag:
 <span class="action" data-post-url="">

Used to be able to do this with web developer plugin, but tumblr has changed and the plugin is not picking up the url in the span tag.

Is there a way I can get this done fairly inexpensively? Tool, or script maybe?

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