I wrote that I bought Threes.
First, I have a new personal record, 9,996.
Second, the game is so addictive. Threes is the best game I bought and played on iOS ever.
I think Threes will be the games of the year. I’m pretty sure.
The higher are the tiles the more I had to think to plan 3 or 4 steps in advance.
And some links:
Read Daniel Jalkut’s post about Threes scoring. Here is Eric Pramono’s review.
Speaking of games, I also bought Half-Life 2: Episode One on Steam today. I like Steam because it is a centralized system for games: you can search for games on one place, you can buy games on one place and you get games’ updates on one place. And don’t forget that your games are synced with Steam.
I still remember when I played the original Half-Life for the first time. I didn’t like it. Don’t know why but at the time it wasn’t a game for my taste. But it seems that my gaming tast changed because Half-Life 2 is awesome. And you can buy the Half-Life series for a few euros :) (you know, these are old games).
A bought a new iOS games, Threes, a simple puzzle games with numbers. It is not that simple, since you have to use your brain to score as much as possible. To date, my personal record is 1128 scores and I played the game 7 times. I think it is not a bad score at all.
Speaking of Z-Push, here I wrote how to solve the mobile loop error.
But after I wrote that post I found a new and more efective way to handle the mobile loop error in Z-Push but didn’t update my post.
First, go to the root folder of your Z-Push installation (/usr/share/z-push in my case).
From there, run the following command:
sudo ./z-push-admin.php -a list
You will get a list of all synchronized devices.
Then run the two commands for your device (replace DEVICE with your device id and USERNAME with your email address your are messages pushing for):
sudo ./z-push-admin.php -a clearloop -d DEVICE -u USERNAME sudo ./z-push-admin.php -a resync -d DEVICE -u USERNAME
You should now have a working Z-Push system again.
If you want to build a private push email server, use Z-Push 2.1.1. This is the best version of Z-Push to date. I had only one loop trouble since I installed this version so this version works for me pretty stable.
Oh, and Z-Push has an updated website.
I have two new apps on my iPhone: Todo.txt and Unread.
Todo.txt is a to-do app by Gina Trapani. It’s simple to-do app with a very clean interface and it is simple to use. The Project (+) and Context (@) are a very smart options basically to tag your todos. The best thing is that Todo.txt is using Dropbox to save the todo.txt file. There is also a command line shell script to use Todo.txt from any shell what is an another fantastic option to use Todo.txt.
The next new app is Unread. I got an email notification today that Unread was released so I installed it right away. Will it replace my favorite RSS reader, Reeder 2? I don’t know because I can’t use it with my favorite sync service (Feed Wrangler) since the app crashes when it starts to sync the starred items (it is a known bug and it is gonna to be fixed). But Unread looks promising. For now, I use it with my Feedbin account.
Is it time to build a NAS server?
Lately, I read a lot of blog posts and comments about home-built NAS servers. I have three external backup drives but a NAS server would be a next step for making my backup workflow more reliable. I would really consider to run a RAID-Z setup with ZFS.
How would my NAS server look like? A cheap ITX motherboard with an Atom CPU, at least 8 GB of RAM, a few reliable HDDs, everything in a cheap ITX case. iMac connected to the NAS server over the gigabit ethernet network. A lot of people recommend to buy an Intel gigabit network card for the NAS because the Realtek gigabit network chips aren’t the fastest combination for a home-built NAS server. And as I saw, a lot of ITX motherboards are using a Realtek gigabit network chip.
The OS? FreeBSD with ZFS. I read great things about ZFS: RAID-Z, snapshoting.
How ZFS continues to be better than btrfs — Rudd-O.com in English
I was a big fan of Boxcar since I got my first iPhone in 2009, iPhone 3G. It was my middle man for push notifications for Twitter, RSS, and mails. How did it work for mails? You had to forward new mails to a unique Boxcar email address and Boxcar pushed a notification for the new mail. Simple. You could also add your Twitter account to get notifications for mentions, DM, etc. Also RSS feeds were supported.
Fast forward, Boxcar was rebooted in 2013, check their blog post about this. In the mean time, I started using Fabien Penso’s Push 4.0 instead of Boxcar.
Said that, I was still curious what will happen with Boxcar.
Reading David Chartier’s tweet today I got the information that Boxcar 2 was released.
I’m testing it, it is a free app. It think it will be freemium in the future. And I think I will quit Faast.
Just a quick note.
I’m using iRedMail on my DigitalOcean mail server. It is a great way to set up a mail server. It just makes the install process simple. Don’t bother with configuring Mysql and Postfix, iRedMail’s scripts do everything for you.
I tried once to set up Postfix and Roundcube by hand following a howto. Bad idea. The mail server worked but it was slow.
Until today, my mail server was configured with iRedMail 0.8.5. But since iRedMail 0.8.6 was released I decided to upgrade my installation.
One advice: if you already have set up a mail server with iRedMail, don’t install the newest version of iRedMail from scratch. Because you can upgrade. iRedMail’s homepage provides great upgrade instructions.
I followed iRedMail’s instruction to upgrade it from version 0.8.5 to 0.8.6 and every went smoothly. Just execute every step described in the instruction and you will have the newest iRedMail solution on your server.
I have it.
I wrote recently that Slogger works only with the version 4.8.1 of the Twitter gem.
It seems that Brett Terpstra made some changes and Slogger won’t work with version 4.8.1 of the Twitter gem. You need its the latest version (5.5.1).
To install the latest version uninstall your Twitter gem first:
gem uninstall twitter
Then install the latest version of the gem:
gem install twitter
Slogger should work now.
I get some warnings with version 5.5.1 but Slogger can finish his job:
19:40:30 TwitterLogger: Getting Twitter timeline for /Users/master/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.0.0-p353/gems/twitter-5.5.1/lib/twitter/entities.rb:42:in `uris': To get urls, you must pass `:include_entities => true` when requesting the Twitter::Tweet. /Users/master/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.0.0-p353/gems/twitter-5.5.1/lib/twitter/entities.rb:28:in `media': To get media, you must pass `:include_entities => true` when requesting the Twitter::Tweet.
Two posts by Guido Bibra about his history with the Commodore 64 (C64).
I have the C64 II model but we had the original models at my elementary school. We practically lived for those machines. Most of the machines were connected to black and white TVs, only one C64 had a big color TV.
Just a quick note.
I have a IFTTT recipe that saves every single Feed Wrangler’s starred item to Pinboard. Feed Wrangler has a special unique feed with your token. If you don’t want that everybody sees this feed with the token, edit your IFTTT recipe and remove the FeedUrl ingradient from the Description section (under Action). If you don’t do this, everybody can see your special starred items feed on Pinboard if your recipe creates a public bookmark.
All my bookmarks are private and my recipe creates a private bookmark but I deleted the ingradient.
Since a few days I own a new camera. It’s a pocket camera - Sony RX100 II. I decided to buy this camera after reading Sven Fechner’s post about his major tech purchases in 2013. He wrote about his Sony RX100 and after I read what he wrote about his pocket camera I started reading reviews about Sony RX100 II. The reviews were very good so I went to my local store to test it. I liked the camera from the moment I made the first shot.
Why did I decide to buy a new camera? Because I wanted a very good pocket camera as a replacement for my Nikon D90. A DSLR is a big and heavy camera and you can’t put into a pocket (of your jacket). Carrying around a DSLR is annoying and especially it isn’t light. So I wanted to make photography simple and light with a good pocket camera.
Can a Sony RX100 II pocket camera replace a DSLR? I can’t answer the replacement question yet since I used the camera only a few days. And please notice that my expectations for replacing the DSLR with this pocket camera are high.
In the first place, you must know what Sony RX100 II offers to you. You must be aware of its weaknesses.
To be honest, I used flash most of the time when I shot with my Nikon D90 because I used it indoors. Yes, I shot also outdoors but I used the DLSR indoors a lot more. So I knew that I will use the pocket camera’s flash which isn’t in the same league as a Nikon SB-600 that is mounted on the Nikon D90.
Is Sony RX100 II’s flash good enough to shoot indoors?
Its flash is not bad for a pocket camera. The good thing is that you can bounce the flash off the ceiling by tilting back the popup flash. But by my experience bouncing the flash isn’ too powerful. So you must bump up the ISO to get an evenly exposed photo with this method. But I also noticed that shooting by tilting back the flash the photos weren’t sharp enough (keep in mind that this statement isn’t final because I will shoot more test photos). So I use the popup flash most of the time as a fill flash.
ISO at 1600 in very low light at 1/20 and f/1.8 is fantastic. Image stabilization? Very good. Check the photo (the photo is unedited out of the camera shot in RAW; transferred from the pocket camera to the iPhone and uploaded with the Flickr iOS app).
Other things from my usage: LCD is very cricp. The wifi option is fantastic (I can connect the camera to the my iPhone and transfer the photos to the iPhone - even RAWs!; I shoot RAW).
Battery? It is not a DSLR battery :).
The dial on the top is DSLR-grade made.
Autofocus is very fast and accurate most of the time. It happened a few times that the camera simply couldn’t focus in low light.
Sharpness of the photos? Still testing.
I will report more. Stay tuned.
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