I Love Varnish Cache. It’s Amazing.

by admin on November 15, 2011

Just want to put that out there…

Its so great. Thank you Varnish!

the best quote regarding the recent death of a visionary

by ryan on October 21, 2011

“All operating systems know when they were born. Their internal clocks start counting from then, so they can calculate the date and time in the future. It is unclear whether it was Mr Ritchie or Mr Thompson who set the so-called start Unix time at January 1st, 1970. That moment came to be known as the epoch. Mr Ritchie helped bring it about. And with it, he ushered in a new era.”

from the economist article about dennis

and every time you calculate time on a unix machine you are using one big number that is down to the millisecond of how long it has been since the epoch.

hear every sample that Kanye West has ever used in this video

by ryan on October 18, 2011

the closest thing to Flux (F.lux) on the Android phone I can find

by ryan on October 17, 2011

Flux (or F.lux) is used to adjust the display of your monitors in either linux, windows, mac os and even iPhones so that the color that is displayed is compatible with our biological systems so that we may go to sleep on time! I use F.lux on my Ubuntu machine hooked up to my television and all my other computers as well.

The natural light rhythms that our bodies use to regulate hormones help to induce sleep at the proper time. Working on computers or any type of lit screen or even in certain lighting environments at nighttime can interrupt to body’s natural circadian rhythm and make it very hard to have a beneficial sleep cycle.

From the Flux website

F.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

It’s even possible that you’re staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.

So naturally when I got used to using F.lux I wanted a version to allow me to use my Android phone without possibly negating the effects of bothering to use F.lux on my other machines.

Enter Cyanogenmod, the Android warranty voiding aftermarket firmware for cell phones, and even now the HP Tablet among other tablets.

Among the bevvy of features (I really like the Incognito Mode on the Droid! As Well as OpenVPN support, more on that later), supported devices and awesome community lies this little feature called Render FX (or Render Effects). Originally designed to save battery I have used certain of the Render FX modes to emulate the same softness that Flux brings to the computer. I am not certain if this functionality is available outside of CyanogenMod, but anyone looking for the same type of features will have to make due with this or leave a comment here and let me know of any alternatives!

So here are some screenshots of all the different render effects on my phone with CyanogenMod 7.1 at the moment.

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You can read about Render FX here, here, here, watch a video here.

Added a little tweet widget – redesign coming soon.

by ryan on October 3, 2011

So i’ve added a little recent tweets widget to the right hand sidebar. I’ve become more active on twitter on my own account and on behalf of others and I really enjoy twitter, to be honest. It so simple and straight forward with lots of good third party apps being made for it (on external websites and such) that it allows you to dive deeper should you want to, without making things more complicated. And if it can’t be done on twitter.com than there is probably something out there that does it, despite twitter’s API having issues at times.

In any case, my twitter account is here and a recent project called Thrifty Pixel is also represented on twitter.. Which brings me to my next point, I have been wanting to do a redesign of my personal site with some additions in mind and I’ll call those here and now so we can see how the follow through works out.

I’d like to have my front page be more simplistic, getting into who I am and what projects I am involved with yet still retaining all of my blog posts and incorporating some new features. Namely I’d like to start publishing one picture a day on a wordpress theme that is basically finished and about to be released for free called Thrifty Box.

In the spirit of consolidation and becoming more serious about posting here I’ll be putting up more thoughts and technical posts about goings ons in my web development world.

I anticipate all of these things being done in the next month, so check back after that and lets see how I did!