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Awesome - the automatic tool (#fail2ban) to detect hacking attempts on my wife's web server automatically blacklisted 2 domains for a very long time due to too many repeated attempts at trying to ssh in as a root user.  The domain?   #microsoft   (brazil)
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THANKS OBAMA.

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Now THAT is "getting scroogled".
 
Is it necessary?  Downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7.

#windows8   #geekhumor   #microsoft   #os  +IObit 
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Total rip off. If you go to the desktop tab in Windows 8, it's just like using Windows 7 anyway.
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#paypal  mega fail.  When changing passwords you cannot paste in a new one (say, from a random password generator).  You have to TYPE IT IN.   FAIL FAIL #FAIL.
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For those of us forced by corporate dictate to use MS Outlook (which I actually like for mail); here's how to use #GoogleMaps for contacts instead of Bing (which is good for pretty backgrounds, and little else).
Among its many awesome features, Microsoft Outlook allows you to easily map a contact's address using Bing Maps, making it simple to find their location. If you would rather use Google Maps instead, a simple registry edit will fix that.
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I can't imagine how much TV i'd watch if there was more of an intersection.
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So it's only bad when someone ELSE does it?  

http://bgr.com/2014/03/21/microsoft-hotmail-and-outlook-privacy/
Even though it bashed Google a number of times in ads for the way the Search giant is monetizing its services by accessing personal information from users to deliver better targeted ads, it turns o...
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#DevNexus 2014 (sponsored by #ajug)

Another year, another DevNexus (http://devnexus.com).  Being an Atlanta-suburbanite, this conference is local to me inasmuch as I can go home every night and not have to stay at a hotel, so that saves me or my company a good bit of cash.  Too, the entry fee is very low for the amount of content (rivaling NFJS now!) which is another plus. 

This year saw 1200 people, a 1/3 jump from last year, and it was evident.  The number of tracks grew, the number (and size) of rooms grew, the wait times at the bathroom grew.  And next year is going to be bigger yet, adding another day.  

So, what did I think?  

I was SLIGHTLY let down this year.  I don't know if some of the shiny is wearing off, or I'm just getting older, or both, but the last 2 years gave me an enormous number of new things to try and investigate, and this year seemed to be less so.  Now I'm perfectly happy taking the blame for this by attending breakout sessions that I already had a head-start on the subject matter, so shame on me for that.  But even looking at the schedule card, the "beginning" sessions were in the VAST majority.  And even though this conference started as a mainly java oriented gig, it isn't now and the presentations don't need to "level set" everyone on the basics of Javascript before launching into the real topic.  

I think DevNexus is getting big enough that it could start taking a bit more of a depth-first view on some subjects rather than breadth-first on all of them.  

The Cobb Galleria - what can I say?  It's not very convenient FOR ME with Atlanta traffic, but it is well placed in Atlanta for "all of Atlanta" and the airport, and from what the organizers say is quite a good value so I can't fault them there.  The facilities really did have plenty of restrooms, but with that many of mostly one gender all needing to use them at the same time, backups happen.  I never waited for more than a couple minutes though, and that says something.   

A couple of the rooms were CONSISTENTLY cold, and way, way too cold (105 and Ballroom F, I'm looking at you!)  I don't know what was going on with the HVAC there but a LOT of people looked freakishly over-bundled-up on day two based on day one's experiences.   I'm always cold so I expected it and dressed accordingly, but even with 4 layers I was cold in 105.

I can't say much about the food because I've played that game before and decided to opt out and pay for pub-grub at the local Jocks and Jills.  Decent beer and a decent burger trumps "sterno pasta" any day of the week.

The sessions I actually attended I got a good bit out of.  The "Vert.x" and "Spring XD" were easily 2 of my favorites, and I actually quite enjoyed the Marketing spiel as the day 2 keynote.  It wasn't technical, but it was useful even though I don't do mobile apps.  "Microservices" was given by the guy who hired me in my current position, and although I'd seen the presentation once before at work was also excellent and generated a lot of good questions and above-average (IMO) twitter traffic.   

There were a couple sessions that were so packed that I couldn't physically get in so had to take my second choice on those, sadly.

One thing that sours a lot of tech conferences is all the tech people that attend.   You know the types; "I know this subject matter so I'll help out the speaker", "I have a bizarrely unique case for this topic, so I'll monopolize the Q/A with stuff no one else cares about", "I know a better way to do what the speaker is talking about so I'll make sure everyone else knows", etc.   I hope I'm never that guy, but there seemed to be one of them in a good bit of the sessions I went to.

And yes, I know this is TOTALLY NOT THE FAULT OF THE CONFERENCE, but there should be some "presenter expectations" set by the conference and having them stop being TOO NICE by not shutting these people down.  In at least one session we didn't get to the end of the actual, you know, TOPIC, because of these guys monopolizing the time with questions that weren't in the scope of the talk.

Additionally, and I know it's all the rage with all the kids, but please, please presenters, STOP USING DARK BACKGROUNDS.  On your code demos, mostly all of it was unreadable.  Do what you want in your office and work the way that makes you happy, but light grey or green text on a brown background DOES NOT PROJECT.  </rant>

This post comes across as negative, but it's really not - overall the presentations were good, the speakers were good, the facilities were good, and the organization was way, way, WAY good and there's no way I could pull off what Gunnar (et. al.) did, so bless you for that, seriously.  My only real complaint is that it is starting to dilute by sacrificing depth for breadth, and other minor nits here and there.

Lastly, although this is unsolicited I would like to provide some ideas for the future:

* Try to get people to indicate the sessions they'd like to go to ahead of time.  Not as a binding head count, but this will help the organizers get a better idea of how to plan (some rooms were woefully underutilized for a topic while others were standing room only).

* Provide some way to provide feedback for the speakers.  I heard almost universal disdain for one session (that I didn't attend), and equal praise for others.  The organizers need to know this, and it's good for the speakers to know as well.

* The android app needs some UX improvements - "un-doing" a schedule choice was deviously hard to find, and it didn't handle landscape mode at all well.  (You still couldn't read the titles, for example.)  The "map" was a satellite view of the roof of the building - clever use of Google maps, but ultimately unusable as intended.

I'm glad I went and will go next year if I'm able.
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This is how we roll in my office.   #nerf  
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Been here a few times with family/guests. Overall it's nice; some may call it "character", some might call it "rickety", but the staff is helpful and friendly, and the portions for breakfast are large. The food is certainly above average, if a bit greasy for my wife's taste. Haven't tried lunch yet.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Very good
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Have bought 2 new cars here, and although they were with different salespeople, both were the same; no hassle, no bait and switch, no crap. Here's our price, here's what we can do on financing, done. One car is new enough not to need service yet, but the other is 8 years old, and we take it here for its routine maintenance. It's a dealer so not the cheapest around, but so far they've been good to us. Haven't tried to oversell us on anything, and have been generally decent people to deal with.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: Very goodService: Excellent
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Having been to Ireland and the UK a number of times, Olde Blind Dog makes me want to go back. I rather like English and Irish food, and this place is pretty faithful in its selections. The food authenticity is... good, if not great. I've never had lamb like I've had in the UK,and I couldn't get it quite right here either, but the bangers & mash were good, and the shepherds pie I quite enjoyed, though it took forever to make. The staff has been friendly and prompt whenever we go. My only complaint ... I can't afford it as often as I'd like.
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Great and friendly staff, enormous portions served lightning fast... Always enjoy eating here during Callaway Gardens stays. And always bring some home, too.
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Generally very good service, but occasionally there is a bit of officiousness. I sent a laptop to my company the other day, using the very same box that it was shipped to me in, via FedEx. The employee refused to take it and insisted in repackaging it (at my expense, of course), in a special "laptop box". I acquiesced, but after he had repackaged it, told me it wouldn't fit into his special laptop box, and he put it in a (bigger) regular box. I understand the need for rules and to protect themselves against hastily packaged (which this was not) expensive items getting damaged, but to tell me rules required a special box, and then not use it? C'mon. I'll be trying another local place next time.
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It's a bit out of our way, but we enjoy coming here. I can't say I've had the bad experiences that others have noted; the staff seem pretty friendly to me, my wife, and 10 year old son. We usually come to TJ's for stuff we can only get here; it's a boutique store for us, so we don't expect to get the best prices, but overall it's a pretty fair value. And it does have things now and then that we just can't get anywhere else. The "2 buck Chuck" wine, now rechristened Charles Shaw, (and no longer $2 a bottle) is still a great value.
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