I'm Josh Goebel, the creator of Pastie, Invoicie, and Snag the Flag. I make a living writingam a Rails pro and also dabble in photography and other geek stuff.

Running Blind

running blind... we are all running blind.

This is Running Blind. Enjoy.  

I'm Josh Goebel, the creator of Pastie, Invoicie, and Snag the Flag. I make a living writing Rails and also dabble in photography and other geek stuff.
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September

Mon
15

Who is U2?

LOL. ROFL.

Mon
15

The Fadeout of the Mileage Run

Mileage running arguably makes sense for some travelers, that is, the sort of people who don’t mind spending a weekend on airplanes going nowhere in particular.

That sounds like a blast - NOT.

These people have a well-established subculture; the Mileage Run forum on FlyerTalk, an online travel discussion board, has generated more than 24,000 threads. But mileage running has never made much economic sense for the airlines. The purpose of a frequent flier program is to build loyalty and retain customers who generate a lot of profits. Mileage runners aim to buy tickets with the lowest cost per mile and extract as many points as possible from them; this is not high-margin behavior the airlines should want to encourage.

And increasingly, they aren’t.

Good riddance. Sounds like we’re closing a loop-hole that should have been closed a while back. Now I can rest assured that all those breathing the refined first-class cabin air with me have at least paid for the privilege - not just gotten their seat because they booked a cheap round-the-world-and-back-going-nowhere-cause-I’m-in-it-for-the miles flight or two. :-)

September

Sun
14

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, actual size on your screen (includes keyboard)

Like many of you, I’m still having trouble deciding which size to get. I put together these images that display the two models at actual size, keyboards included.

Just open these at full screen on the device you have handy:

OMG, iPhone 6 Plus is a beast.

Sun
14

Apple Watch Event Thoughts

I understand “fairness” is not how this should be thought of, but an impression: 32 more GB are suddenly “free”, but 16 more for the smaller one are not…

You could also say that previously the additional 16gb upgrade cost $100 but now for that same $100 you get an additional 48gb - that’s a 66% price reduction!

I’d say it just means very, very good news for those not buying the bottom tier.

September

Sat
13

A new high

Nathan Kontny:

Back in February of this year, Jason announced that 37signals would be renaming themselves Basecamp, and focusing on their flagship, project management product. To do so, they would sell or spin-off their other successful and profitable products like Highrise, a small business CRM tool.

Now, last week, seven years after we met at that talk I gave, Jason, his business partner, David Heinemeier Hansson, and I signed a deal to spin-off Highrise as its own company - a company I’m taking over as CEO.

Great news for Nathan and for Highrise.

September

Fri
12

Someone's trying to 3D print (most of) a car in six days

You can probably get quite a bit done by yourself in six days time, but could you build an entire car from scratch and take it for a test drive? Probably not. The folks at Local Motors are pretty confident that their 3D-printed car can roll out of Chicago’s McCormick Place and go for a spin this Sunday, though. Printing started a few days ago at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in The Windy City, using carbon-reinforced plastic and a Big Area Additive Manufacturing printer, according to 3DPrint.

Is there anything we couldn’t just print in the future?

September

Wed
10

Apple Watch

Count me in. I Waaaaant one.

Wed
10
Pearson Specter Litt

— Oh yeah, now it’s getting real.  

September

Sat
6

Choosing a Camera

I spent over 30 years with Nikon film and digital SLRs as my primary cameras. But the further I got away from shooting for newspapers (which at the time had included lots of sports photography) the more my priorities shifted. Here is what is important to me now: small, lightweight, good image quality, great in low-light and quiet/unobtrusive. That led me to move to mirrorless (Fuji) a couple years back.

Mirror-less is the new DSLR for a lot of people.

Sat
6

Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone

But here’s the trick of the coffee nap: sleeping naturally clears adenosine from the brain. If you nap for longer than 15 or 20 minutes, your brain is more likely to enter deeper stages of sleep that take some time to recover from. But shorter naps generally don’t lead to this so-called “sleep inertia” — and it takes around 20 minutes for the caffeine to get through your gastrointestinal tract and bloodstream anyway.

So if you nap for those 20 minutes, you’ll reduce your levels of adenosine just in time for the caffeine to kick in. The caffeine will have less adenosine to compete with, and will thereby be even more effective in making you alert.

Totally trying this.

Sat
6

Portraits of Topless People Shot With A Taser

Usually we try and look our best when we get our portraits taken, but how can one look good while being stunned with a taser seconds before the shutter snaps? Photographer Patrick Hall worked his charms to get volunteers to have their portraits taken just like that. After being stunned. With 300,00 Volts. By a significant other.

Your daily dose of the insane things people do.

September

Fri
5

3D-printed 'bump keys' are a tech-savvy lockpicker's best friend

Printing a plastic replica of a key you’ve already got in your possession is a piece of cake, but the real trick for the curious and the criminal alike is figuring out how to print a key that’ll open locks without having an original key on hand. Wired spoke to a pair of lockpickers who did just that — with just a photo of a keyhole, some understanding of the lock’s depth and a bit of crafty purpose-built software called Photobump, security consultants Jos Weyers and Christian Holler can print so-called “bump keys” that allow them to jimmy open nearly any lock with just a bit of elbow grease.

Before 3D printing saves us it looks like it might sting us as well.

Fri
5

Gay in Uganda

I guess Uganda, and many countries in the world, have a long way to go when it comes down to accepting people for who they are. Whether it’s a colour issue, a gender issue or a matter of sexual preference, the world seems to be far from acceptance. Meeting Clare and seeing how she fights for her rights and the rights of gay and lesbian people in Uganda, was very inspirational.

Why can’t we all just love one another?

Fri
5

Recovering Data from a Failed Synology NAS

I woke up last Saturday morning to incessant beeping from the recently commissioned Synology DS414j. All four HDD lights were blinking furiously and the status light was glowing orange. The unit’s web UI was inaccessible. Left with no other option, I powered down the unit with a long press of the front panel power button and restarted it. This time around, the web UI was accessible, but I was presented with the dreaded message that there were no hard drives in the unit.

Perfect example of why RAID itself is not a backup.