Aug 12

Home Surveillance 101 – System Selection Preparation


My wife and I roughly 6 months ago decided to build a new home and we decided to install a home video surveillance system.  Having no idea about home video security systems, I started to do my research.  I started by looking at complete systems on Amazon.  I seen complete systems from $300 to as much as $4,000; so which is the right one?  How do you choice what system is right?  The purpose of this article is to outline the process I went through for the selection and qualification for the system I selected.

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Dec 21

Dart VM Build Pain – Mac OS Lion



Last night I spent 2 hours building the Dart Virtual Machine (VM) for my mac OS Lion 10.7.2.  There is a great wiki that you can follow for all the steps but here are the issues that I ran into:

1.  I ran into an issues since I was running xcode 4.2 so I had to change the script to add an “-sdk” option;  I followed this posting to solve the problem but had to change it to “macosx10.7” not “macosx10.6”.

2.  I got an unsupported GCC error; using this posting I was to get by this error.  Make sure you use the find command since there are 100s of GCC_VERSION entries in the file.  Additionally, you might have to change the “-i” option in the sed command to an “-ie”.

Presto your build should now complete successful.  Now go to your dart editor – preferences and set the Dart VM.  NOTE:  your dart VM is located in your build directory /xcodebuild/Debug_x64/dart


Dec 14

Upgraded to WordPress 3.3

Just upgraded to wordpress 3.3 and the process ran very smoothly. Still getting use to the new menu but for most part it is better.

Additionally, I upgraded the themes that were installed even though I do not use them.

Dec 07

Lost Island Theme – Fix Home Button Link

I just added a new page to the Lost Island WordPress Theme however, now the home tab link does not work.  If you have this problem here is the fix:

1.  Log into the dashboard

2. Select appearance -> editor in the left menu.

3.  The right sidebar will list different page components that make up this theme.  Select the header page (header.php).

4.  Search through the html code and locate the following text <a href=”.”>Home</a> and change it too: <a href=”/”>Home</a>

5.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and save updates.

Dec 07

Chrome OS – Breathing Life into Old Laptops

Google’s Chromium OS is a lightweight, lightning-fast operating system that is safe, secure, and easy to use.  It uses apps instead of programs, keeping each in a “security sandbox” to provide additional safety, stores all your data in the cloud for convenience and easy access, and is stripped of every “unnecessary process” possible.

After getting Chromium OS on a 4 gb thumb drive and using it I thought so now what?  How can I use Chrome OS?  The first thing that I thought of was … well nothing!  However, as I mediated on this through the day and now late at night it came to me; what about those old laptops?  My only concerns now will be does vanilla or lime have the required drivers needed to support them.

Stay tuned as I dig out a few old laptops and boot them up!

Dec 06

Facebook Open Graph – Timeline

I know facebook’s open graph was launched a year or so ago and if you have not integrated with your website or application what are you waiting on?

If you want to find out more about facebook open graph check out this video by  Carl Sjogreen  it is a great overview:

My interest now is finding applications that use the open graph API. If you have any recommendations please add a comment and let me know.

Nov 14


This is my first posting with using wordpress.

Quick edit mode only allows you to change the basic overview information on a posting.  However, if you edit it you can do it all.  I dont know about the quick edit yet… maybe it will come in handy as I continue on with more postings and site build out.

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