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Playing with Technology

Listening to a Latino USA podcast they talked how MySpace encouraged people to learn technology. If you wanted to customize your page, you had to learn HTML, CSS, and how the web worked a little to modify it. This encouraged some to further learn technology and even be able to turn it into a career. […]

Signing for a Delivery

Is scribbling something illegible on a piece of paper or LCD pad really a good way for signing for something? We do it when receiving packages, and paying with a credit card, it not only seems archaic but really pointless. Typically the person asking us to scribble does not confirm our identity in any other […]

Webvan vs. Uber

Webvan is often considered a spectacular failure during the early dotcom era. Looking at what it was trying to do and when, it is not a surprise. Their IPO raised $375M which looking at the financials below was not nearly enough for its lofty goal. The Webvan business is not that different than several new […]

IP Address

It is possible to represent an IPv4 address in different formats than the common x.x.x.x notation. An IPv4 address is simply a 32-bit number, or a 4-byte number with each section representing a byte. For example using my mkaz.com IP address: 45.79.78.169 Converting each part to binary: Decimal Binary Hex 45 00101101 2D 79 01001111 […]

Running Stats 2015

A year in review for my running in 2015, see previous years 2011, 2012, and 2014. Another weak year of running, the encouraging part is I’ve been more motivated late in the year. I’m aiming to be more consistent for 2016, and hope to get another race or two in. I’m getting much slower too, […]

Reading List 2015

A look back at what I read in 2015, broken into fiction and non-fiction and ordered most recently finished first. Basically, this is my Goodreads Year in Books 2015 list, but with a little more than ratings; also only a few people follow me there. Fiction Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – A good psychological […]

Code Signing a Windows application

Today, we released our WordPress.com Desktop app on Windows, the app takes advantage of all the work put in creating the Calypso app which is the Javascript client code that powers WordPress.com, which is all open source. To build the desktop apps, we use Electron which bundles Javascript, Node and the Chromium browser together into […]

Set the Featured Image in WordPress

I started my photo blog in 2005 and over the past 10 years run it on several different platforms, hosts and software. I started with a bunch of scripts I created myself, bounced around from self-hosted WordPress to Tumblr, back to self-hosted WordPress, back to custom scripts to WordPress.com and now once again back to […]

Running Stats 2014

A year in review for my running in 2014, sadly I didn’t get a single run in 2013, you can see 2011 and 2012 stats. Two kids under two does not leave much free time. I got a bit back on track in 2014, but still a bit behind my previous year, though I did […]

The cost of inspiration

The mission was a failure! What a waste of money! These are a few dissenting views of the Rosetta / Philae space mission, especially now since the lander’s battery has been depleted. People are debating if the planning was done right, did it accomplish all of the science experiments. All of this for just three […]

Testing Clients to an HTTP API in Go

An example on how to test a client which calls out to an external API, without requiring the API server to be up and running. From Testing Techniques video by Andrew Gerrand at Google I/O 2014. Go has a standard library net/http/httptest which you can use to create a test HTTP server, similar to Go’s […]

Long Beach Half-Marathon

I signed up with my family to run the Long Beach half-marathon in December. The race was over 10-months away when we planned, so plenty of time to train and prepare for it. I’ve run several half-marathon’s previously but didn’t run at all in 2013, so a good excuse to get back at it. The […]