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Racksburg (Rackspace Blacksburg) is bringing Futurist Robert Scoble​ out to speak with our region's technology leaders at Roanoke - Blacksburg Technology Council​ about what mobile technology is morphing in to over the next decade.. the "Next Big Thing", as it were. RSVP now while you still can!
Talk Summary: Over the next decade we will look at our smartphone screens less and less as we use things like Magic Leap more and more. Augmented Reality is coming. Virtual Reality will take entertainment minutes away. Even if you use your mobile phone's screen to watch a virtual reality event, ...
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Dev Friends:
Racksburg.com Dev Piece on API Coding and choosing the proper HTTP return code:

http://racksburg.com/choosing-an-http-status-code/
What could be simpler than returning HTTP status codes? Did the page render? Great, return 200 . Does the page not exist? That's a 404 . Do I want to redirect the user to another page? 302 , or maybe 301 . I like to imagine that HTTP status codes are like CB 10 codes. “Breaker breaker, this is ...
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Too fuzzy... you have a higher res image? I want to see these vs VK nosecone.
Tim VanMilligan continues his series on using a wind tunnel (12" open circuit, Eiffel type) at the Air Force Academy: Newsletter #346. His article explains the whole experiment and has lots of photos. The chart below summariz...
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Awesome Security Forum put on by the #RBTC, 1901 Group​ and FoxGuard Solutions​ the other night! Can't wait to get more involved in this! (I refuse to use the word "cyber" ;)
Great turnout for this evening's Cyber Security Forum at 1901 Group! #RBTC · Embedded image. 2:57 PM - 27 Oct 2015. 1 Retweet. Reply to @TheTechCouncil. Replies. Tweeks. 6m6 minutes ago. Tweeks @Tweeks_tx. @TheTechCouncil Awesome Security meeting the other night. Can't wait to get more involved ...
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** General Series - Build and Program Your Own Autonomous Arduino Robot! (and take it home!) **
Thur Oct 15th, 5-8pm @Rackspace in the CRC
Recommended ages 9 - 90
$6.27 RSVP price includes Pizza! (yaaay!)
For take-home option, bring extra $35
Have you ever programmed a robot?.. or ever build a robot from scratch? This hands on STEM workshop will take you from the basics of moving a servo, to reading input from ultrasonic range sensors, and then constructing and programming a self navigating "collision bot" made from scrap foam board, milk jug caps, some hot glue, an arduino microcontroller and a few extra parts.
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General Series - Build and Program Your Own Autonomous Arduino Robot! (and take it home!) By Thomas "Tweeks" Weeks from Rackspace Recommended ages 9 and up. RSVP price includes Pizza! (yaaay!) For take-home option, bring extra $35 Have you ever programmed a robot?.. or ever build a robot from scratch? This hands on STEM workshop will take you from the basics of moving a servo, to reading input from ultrasonic range sensors, and then constructing...
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Security Geeks:
Interesting piece on the true randomness of /dev/random and /dev/urandom

http://www.2uo.de/myths-about-urandom/
Myths about /dev/urandom. by Thomas Hühn. There are a few things about /dev/urandom and /dev/random that are repeated again and again. Still they are false. I'm mostly talking about reasonably recent Linux systems, not other UNIX-like systems. /dev/urandom is insecure. Always use /dev/random for ...
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Hmmm... why upgrade a server OS if you can just upgrade.. to a docker image? :)
Centos5 is getting long in the tooth, but then again, many of my servers are antiques that would find native Centos6 to be problematic. A recent adventure in disaster recovery led me to upgrade several of my Xen DomU's from CentOS 5 to CentOS 6, but I was distressed to discover that about the ...
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This may just be one of the best geeky jokes I have seen in recent past... #HadToShare    #Databases   #SQL  

Hat tip to +Peter Elst for the find.
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Two awesome Tech Talks coming up at #Rackspace  Blacskburg in November:

11/12 - "Multiplayer Games in the Cloud"
http://racksburg.com/multiplayer-games-in-the-cloud/

11/19 - "Security for ‘Internet of Things’: Physical Attacks and Countermeasures"
http://racksburg.com/public-talk-security-for-internet-of-things-physical-attacks-and-countermeasures/
As our culture begins buying more and more Internet enabled devices for our person, in our cars, homes and office systems; we are wading deeper and deeper into the vulnerable, untested waters of “Internet of Things” (IoT) security. We are now seeing in the news that the safety of our embedded ...
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Wow.. Deja vu.. I was just googling for "mailman yahoo wrapper" and got the link back to a google books page (I wrote) from my and +Chris Negus' 2004 book together, "The Linux Troubleshooting Bible".. 

Chris.. do we get royalties from google books on that? How's that work?  hehe
books.google.com - * An indispensable resource for Fedora users who must now work without customer support from Red Hat, Inc., covering critical troubleshooting techniques for...
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Ahh.. it was 100% who you know. Nothing to do with knowledge or competency.. hehe.. well.. maybe a little. With me.. it was just dumb luck. I knew a Racker who knew an author.. and he came seeking me because I was the corporate technical trainer at Rack and was already writing classes internally.. Mostly luck really But in the right place at the right time.  But in general I know a few other authors.. and they seem to meet the right people at the right time. So first.. go to conferences and stuff where you meet other industry experts.. meet the people who are writing the books you read and love.. hang out with them, buy them beer, etc. Ask them when the next edition is coming out and if they need a "technical editor".. that'll get your foot in the door.  After you're listed as a tech editor.. the doors open eventually. Both of my tech editors (both just regular Racker geek friends) are now published too.
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Engineer @Rackspace Hosting
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14+ Yrs Linux, RHCE (current) since 2001, Hardware Engineer, Professional Training (RHCE, Tech-Classes), Tech Community Evangelist/Organizer.
Employment
  • Rackspace
    Engineer, 1999 - present
  • CSC/GTE/General Dynamics
    Sys-Admin / Test & Integration Engineer, 1996 - 1999
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Tweeks
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Fun loving uber hardware/FOSS Geek, love teaching, HP rockets, descrete electronics design & hacking, #Arduino #RPi, etc..
Introduction
Grew up in south eastern Connecticut.
Lived in Dallas TX from 90-91.
College Station/Texas A&M from 92-95.
Lived in San Antonio TX from 96-2010.
Now living in Blacksburg VA (2011-current)

Bragging rights
Four Kids. Racker #2@Rackspace , Published. Bio here: http://theweeks.org/bio.html
Education
  • Texas A&M (College Station)
    EET, 1992 - 1995
  • Thames Valley State Technical College (now "Three Rivers")
    EET, 1987 - 1989
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This place is our family's current favorite pizza place. As a college town, we have a LOT of pizza places to choose from.. including a new Mellow Mushroom. Additionally, having gown up in a small New England town (with tons of Greek/Italian places with $5 pizzas that blow away large commercial chains), so I'm a bit of a pizza snob. Even so, this is current our family's favorite place for standard NY style pie. Their white (thee cheese) pizza with sliced garlic is to DIE for.. and there's something about their pepperoni pizza that is elegantly delicious. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I think it's their sauce. A family favorite for Friday night family movie night at home. As other reviews have mentioned, we prefer them as a take out or delivery (not dine in). So great for family Netflix/Redbox night. Tweeks
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Pricey.. but man.. what a meal (the BBQ at your table feast). The meats were pre-seasoned.. but you cook them at the table with various add on seasonsings like soy bean paste (yum! never had that before), raw garlic, kimchees, etc. What an incredible set of flavors. I've had a bit of korean BBQ.. even made my own at home. but I was so glad t otry these guys out and see how it's really done. Was a bit expensive.. and I would have appreciated a bit of coaching on what flavors go with what. espcecially for folks who have never had Korean and get a table full of raw + picked ingredients, and a pair of sissors.. hehe.. they muc hreally be confused. But I was a happy camper there tonight. Just dom't "over kimchee" as I often do, or your spouse/friends may complain for the next couple of days.. ;)
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Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
Store hours says open 24hrs (during black Friday weekend) but callin to get a inventory/price check there was no pickup at all and after 5 minutes of ringing ther system hung up on me (reorder "busy" signal).
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Okay Cajun/American. I think this is just a local eatery bc it mostly had burgers and sandwiches, and just a few token cajun/creole dishes. The gumbo was darker but thinner (which is normal), rich with deep flavor but did not have a lot of meat. The Jumbalya was not much visually, but had awesome bits of heavily smoked beef and sausage. Mmm! I also sampled the smoked/mild bound in sausage, which had a great flavor too. I think they make and smoke their own there.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago