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May 6 2012 8:00 AM MAY 6 2012 8:00 AM

Super MoonHow to photograph the moon.

Cannon | Mark II 5D | Photography | Photoshop | Nerdy

There are probably hundreds of articles on how to shoot the moon... So I decided to write my own article and add to the mix also. Long as I can remember I have always wanted to be able to take a decent photograph of the moon. And finally I have done it! 

I decided not to photoshop the heck out of it, and let it be straight out of the camera other than some slight cropping.

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May 4 2012 8:00 AM MAY 4 2012 8:00 AM

Plex App ReviewMedia Streaming Server for your home

Apple | Mobile | Network | Reviews | Roku | Ubuntu | Windows | Linux


So far I have been enjoying Plex on my Roku. Its been a house hold helper as my son has a set of movies he watches almost religiously!

Because of that Plex has made not having to switch out movies every time. I would definitely say this is the future of owning a movie collection. Discs are obviously going out of style fast. Statistically speaking people are watching stuff digitally / streaming more than ever. Hard Drives are even recently coming down in price to the point were owning 2 and 3 Terabyte drives is affordable.

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Apr 25 2012 8:00 AM APR 25 2012 8:00 AM

Max URL LengthUsing GET has a maximum character length.Alternative method use POST

Apache | JQuery | HTML | Javascript

Web Browsers have maximum character lengths that once reached will break a GET request.

Internet Explorer has a maximum character limit of 2,083.

FireFox, Safari and Opera can go well over 80,000 characters. 

In some cases I have discovered FireFox has a limit similar to IE. 

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Apr 23 2012 8:00 AM APR 23 2012 8:00 AM

Mobile JumpLearning proper Mobile Web

Mobile | CSS | HTML

We all know how much mobile is growing in the last year. Already the USA is at 6% with mobile web viewing. While my sites are way less than this and in most cases less than 2%. At this rate we could more than likely expect it to be more than 50% in 5 years. Because of this I am beginning to make the jump from thinking "Web First" to "Mobile First." This site now looks a lot better in mobile than it did previously. It still is somewhat quirky and is not fully optimized for mobile. 

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Apr 20 2012 8:00 AM APR 20 2012 8:00 AM

Streaming Local Media with RokuPlexApp for Roku

Network | Websites | Roku

It has been long awaited that someone would make an app that would connect up to your local machine and stream local videos, music, and photos to your Roku.

I was getting ready to actually buy an AppleTV and then I saw this and about flipped! I haven't given it a go yet, but it looks super promising. It also comes with a neat way to "queue" various videos on the net with a boomarklet. This bookmarklet can tag items into your queue similar to Netflix and basically create a "instant queue" for you to watch later on your Roku.

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Apr 18 2012 12:00 PM APR 18 2012 12:00 PM

INSERT WHERE NOT EXISTSMySQL INSERT IF ROW DOES NOT EXISTWhat to use when a table doesn't have a unique key.


Recently I needed to create a patch for a project and we have references in our database for wizards. These wizards exist in each folder, but cannot have more than one at a time in each folder. Currently the table does not have a unique key so I could not use:



Because of this I resorted to the following:

INSERT INTO tblName (reportName, folderId) 
(SELECT 1 FROM tblName2 WHERE reportName='Wizard' AND folderId = 1) LIMIT 1;

Hope it helps someone...

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Apr 12 2012 8:00 AM APR 12 2012 8:00 AM

DHCP ReservationsLocal Static IP Addresses


DHCP Reservations is saving an IP address that goes along with a Mac Address. Making the device have a static IP on your network. This can be done by using your Router and going under a section by the heading "DHCP Reservation." Mine happened to look like:

It was also on the first page loaded up on my routers configuration page. I have a Cisco E3000 router.

My issue lately has been I use my local network for all sorts of things.

  1. Work 
  2. Web Server
  3. Running a VM of a product I work on for Shore Group.
  4. Streaming Video
  5. Internet 
  6. And so on!

I have a total of 3 machines running to work and do at lease 3-4 of the above. My Mac Mini does basically all of that above. It has a VirtualBox running Ubuntu for the product I am working on for ShoreGroup that has its own IP address. This needing to be available to the outside world for testing. (Its not running on port 80!!!) I also use an additional two labtops to develop on and rsync between the two often. 

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Mar 21 2012 7:00 PM MAR 21 2012 7:00 PM

JavaScript Particle TestParticle Test & Browser Speed Test.

JQuery | Javascript

A while back I wanted to see what the speed of JavaScript in different browsers. To no surprise back when I wrote this Safari was champion of JavaScript. Now it appears its a mixed balance of Chrome and Safari.

Things you can do...

  1. Placing your mouse into the canvas area will result in the particles trying to "circle" your mouse.
  2. Placing your mouse into the canvas and holding down the left clicker will make the particles go into a near perfect circle around the mouse.
  3. Mousing out of the canvas will make the particles attempt to return to "bouncing."

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Mar 10 2012 10:00 PM MAR 10 2012 10:00 PM

Kony 2012Invisable Children


Invisable Children is an organization about raising awareness of child abuctions. Currently their Kony 2012 campaign is their largest campaign. Their goal is to have Kony captured for his crimes. Kony is near the top on the most wanted list internationally.

In the last 10 years Kony has abducted over 30,000 chidlren. Murdering countless others and forcing these children to fight for him and or become a sex slave.

While most of his work is no longer just happening in Uganda the LRA his group of forces are causing chaos in the surrounding regions and inside of Uganda.

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Mar 10 2012 8:00 PM MAR 10 2012 8:00 PM

How to remove a hard drive from a MacBook without a pull tab.When your Macbook Internal Hard drive tab is not there...

Apple | Macbook

Tools you will need...

  1. Phelps head screw driver or Butter knife.
  2. Small phelps head screw driver or regular screw driver.
  3. Packing tape.

This tutorial will hopefully help you as when I was trying to google for help on this I came up dry with methods that were extremely destructive and no were near as efficient.

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