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Rik Scarborough
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Attended Long Beach Senior High School
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Sad day. My World's Oldest Working Laptop (wowl) is no longer working.

It was an awesome experiment.  I was able to test and do the following.

* Get FreeBSD up and running on an older computer, including X11 and a fully working desktop.  I've also been able to do this on a not-so-older Dell desktop.  Complete success here.

* Develop ways to write in a non-graphical/non-connected environment.  I wanted to be able to write without using a word processor.  Just a text editor. I found that the markdown language allowed me to do that pretty easily and the convert it to HTML to add to Evernote.  Complete success, but I've replaced a lot of that with the iPad I'm using.  I will probably get a keyboard and move all my writing to a tablet.

* Develop applications on an older machine.  I was fully able to write, edit, compile, and test Java and Groovy applications.   I have been able to use Netbeans to do it, but it was slow.  Most of the problem with Netbeans was memory, not processor speed.  However, editing with Vim and using the command line to compile with Gradle worked just fine.

All in all, I think it was a successful experiment.  The biggest benefit I got out of it is to understand what I need from my next laptop.  The prime requirements will be memory and connectivity.  Secondary will be size and weight.  Third down the list will be speed.  It's still important, but I can handle a slightly slower box, if it has memory to do all I need it.  And I need to be able to get online both for updates and to support projects I'm working on.
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Maybe we could do it with a drone somehow?
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A thought on the new health tracker watches.  It reminds me of the digital watches of the 80's.  If you are about my age, and somewhat of a geek, you probably had one of those.

The first digital watches told you the time and the date.  I think a little later, they had a stopwatch.  I even remember when the calculator watches came out.  At the time, those were very impressive.

I'm somewhat convinced that these watches contributed more than a little to current smartphones, which is turn seems to be contributing to wearable tech like the Vivofit, Fitbit, etc.  I think the next level is getting here with the Apple Watch, and things like it.

We're at the beginning of something cool.  It's a fascinating ride.
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A while back I posted about Google appengine ticking me off. The main reason was, they are moving us towards using Modules instead of backends, but provided no way to lookup the address of another module.  This made testing impossible because you could not know the url of the other module before runtime.

In one of the latest releases, appengine now has a way to lookup the url of a module.  I'm extremely happy they have fixed this,so I can write and test the application before uploading it.

Since I was public about being ticked off about it, I figured I should be public about them fixing the problem.
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Ok, an issue with the Vivofit.  20 mins mowing the yard with a reel mower barely registers on it.
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We use one :-)

Yes, we could use with a little dry weather for a while.
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Just found that there is a version of Vim for the iPad.  This may be the final thing that convinces me to convert.
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Both really need a separate keyboard.
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My Vivofit just got mad at me for sitting around too long.  This is going to be either a great friendship, or a clash of titans.
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Due to a health and fitness study I am part of, I have the use of an iPad, for tracking my health.  More on the study later.

I've been an android guy for years now.  Mainly because the iPhone first came out on AT&T.  Since I'm a big fan of OSX, I've wondered about the difference between the iPad and android tablets.

So far, I probably like the iPad a little better, but I'm not sure yet it's enough to do a wholesale switch.  I'll probably post more as I really understand the differences.
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Curious about how people are using collections, or want others to use collections.  Should every post be part of one or more collection(s), so the reader can follow or not follow people's post to their tastes, or just specific posts that people might want to follow or filter out?
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It's a really nice new feature. I'm debating going all in and categorizing every post, or just some topics. I have moved my one political post off to a collection that is not automatically shared because I know some people don't care to see it.
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This is a very core value to me.
 
"Those who don't know the value of loyalty, can never appreciate the cost of betrayal" ~ Anonymous
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Been listening to him for the last couple of days. Will be listening a lot more. Truly a great genius of our time, or any.
Have always been a fan of the guitar, no matter if it's rock, classical, or even (most) country. But it really speaks in the Blues. May have to start learning blues guitar.
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Hail to BB King, loved all of his music, king of the blues, he will be missed by all that loved him & entertaining us for so many years.. Thanks BBC King.. 
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Have to figure out a way to protect it during armored combat.
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If a dare is all it takes, I dare you to come and put on armor and learn to fight.
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Some thoughts on the Garmin Vivofit I'm using during the Health study.

First, it is a movement tracker, not really a "health" tracker. Still fascinated by how it knows l'm walking not just moving my arms around.

There is a separate heart rate monitor that I'm picking up this weekend, so that will be an interesting addition and should provide more functionality.
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    1982
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Brendan Mac an tSaoir, Ricky Scarborough
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Coder; Pelican; Ki-Aikido student; Huscarl; Lutheran Deacon; Gallowglass
Introduction
I am a husband, father, Computer Geek, Lutheran Deacon/Lay Minister, Southerner at heart, Midwesterner by choice, Pelican, Swordsman, Fyrdman, Huscarl, Karate black belt, Aikido brown belt, Iaido-ka beginner, writer wannabe, guitarist wannabe, student, and sometimes a teacher.

Ask me about any or all of them.

Proud Veteran of the U.S. Air Force

Some things I've learned about myself: I'm a technician not an artist. I make a better NCO than an Officer. I prefer being in the choir to being a soloist.

I was born in the South, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and will always in my heart be a Southerner.  I appreciate that the Midwest has similar values.

Onegai shimasu

Believe in good.
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Am a programmer, both professionally and for the love of it. Have a brown belt in Ki-Aikido, and a black belt in Shotokan Karate-do. As a medieval recreater, my alter ego Brendan is prepared to serve where needed and is a Peer of the Realm.
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Programmer/Analyst
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Java, solving problems with code.
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  • Keyhole Software
    Consultant, 2013 - present
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Prairie Village, Kansas
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Long Beach, Mississippi - Gainesville, Georgia - Bellevue, Nebraska
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