It’s over 3 weeks into 2014 and most of you have failed at your new years resolutions. It’s okay so have I. My resolution was to make and accomplish at least 1 goal a week, thats 52 resolutions! My first goal was to setup a tor relay. Which seems easy enough. I use Linux exclusively and documentation is readily available. Still here I am, 3 weeks into the new year and no Tor Relay. Why? (more…)
I remember when I first learned how to ride a bike. I was eager to ditch the training wheels and hit the road (okay sidewalk). So one day we removed the training wheels and my Mom held onto my bicycle seat as I got my balance right. I slowly moved forward, picking up speed, and then she let go and I was off. There I was riding around our apartment complex in Parsippany, New Jersey. It was probably one of the first times I actually felt free.
Of course one crucial thing was left out in my bicycle 101 course from Professor Mom, she had neglected (or perhaps I had not listened) to teach me about brakes. It was a simple back-pedal brake, but for me the idea of “going backwards” with my feet was unnatural. So I just continued riding around in a circle while my Mom chased after me.
Then it started getting dark. Since I couldn’t grasp the pedal brake; I decided that a crash landing was in order. I slowed to a moderate pace, leaned in to my left, and crashed into the grass. I incurred some minor scrapes, a little crying, but it worked. In the morning I’d learn the importance of brakes (I actually ended up needing to crash land a few more times).
I did a bit of adult crash landing recently when I sold my first successful business on Flippa. I wanted to share some things with everyone that I had learned about running a small bootstrapped business and selling it. (more…)
So Netflix has the worst search capability ever. I can’t even adequately search for a genre such as “history channel” without returning results like Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales and Charge. Seriously, that’s one of the top results. So I decided to see if they have an API so I can write my own program to return legit results. Of course Netflix has closed their public API. Netflix, you’ve reached a new level of “suckitude”. (more…)
A question I get asked a lot is “What is the best way to check for expired sessions in an Ajax application”. A lot of developers end up polling the server every few minutes to validate the users session is still a live. This is a messy approach that has a low probability of actually catching an expired session. Outside of the server pushing these notifications to the client the next best solution is to become familiar with jQuery ajaxError.