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What? People getting hit with blow darts on the Golden Gate bridge!? wth!?
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Anyone else remember Kidd Video? I remember watching this growing up. :)
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Still out sick today, but feeling better. Looking out my window, the archway caught my eye and I took some photos and merged them into a square panorama. 
Panoramic shot of trees and sky with arch/pathway amidst the trees. Misty/foggy foothills in distant background. Equipment: * Sony Alpha ILCE-6000 / A6000 * Sony SEL50210 55-210mm E-mount lens. * Adobe Lightroom for panoramic merge and post processing Setup/Shot: The foreground was actually pretty busy with lamp posts and the like. Composing my shots for the archway, I took three horizontal shots, panning upward. Post-Processing: Merged into ...
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#criminalminds #classiccars

My wife and I just watched the recent episode of +Criminal Minds and we were wracking our brains to figure out what model of classic car that Tara was driving, which Rossi was giving her props for.

Well, after an hour or two of searching, wondering why it looked like a C-3 Corvette or perhaps a Ferrari... we finally figured out that it was a 1970 Opel GT. Put out by Buick, hence Rossi's mentioning the lineage of his Buick.

Here is a beautiful page showing some nice pics of a canary yellow Opel GT:

http://www.sportscardigest.com/cars-for-sale/corvettes-little-brother-1970-opel-gt/
Opel, GM’s German subsidiary since the 1930s, was never really about sports cars. Nor were they ever all that keen on selling cars in the American market. GM, of course, had plenty of brands here already. For a few years, however, they sold a charming little sports car through Buick dealerships all across the U.S. …
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Deep into Season 3 of The Arrow. My take-away....

* No one freaking tells or explains anything to anyone when they should or is painfully obvious.

* 90% of the protagonists would have died within the 1st 1-2 episodes of their introduction... (Yes, even Oliver)

* Some antagonists should have been killed, but were spared... and thus most of the horrible things that happened, happened.

And yet, it's still an amazingly good show to watch. 
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Hmm... encountered some nice Mac OS X/partition/disk resize weirdness.

Had an 8TB RAID volume presented to Mac OS X as a 8TB SAS device. I had resized the RAID volume, expanding it to 18TB. Rebooted Mac OSX so that it could see the changes. Attempted to do the Disk Util partition expansion to use the new disk space... and error. MediaKit partition size too small, etc... WTF.

On googling it a bit, I found that:
- The GPT partition table contains the information for the physical device size... facepalms
- Even though the Mac OS X "sees" the expanded physical volume, it won't go against what the GPT has shown... and it will happily attempt to resize the volume, but during the final check, it will fail. Thank goodness it didn't result in lost data at least...
- The workaround appears to be one of three solutions: 1) reboot into recovery disk mode and do the partition resize there.. since it doesn't do as much safety checks.... 2) open Terminal and after jotting down the GPT record information, destroy it and build a new one. Re-add the partitions, and then reboot and have DiskUtil try the expansion. 3) Delete some OS level PLIST and perference files which contains cached information about the partitions...

I went with option #2 since it was more akin to something I might do in Linux... though in Linux, you could do something straightforward, like, "Hey, OS, rescan your disks and update your in-memory tables so we can expand this volume".

What's surprising though, is that this is the first time I've encountered this in the 10+ years I've been using Mac OS X systems. I guess I never had to deal with this since I always migrated from smaller devices to larger devices using tools like Bombich's Carbon Cloner or doing a restore from a Time Machine backup to a new larger disk.

Still, good to know.

PS. Not a fan of the El Capitan Disk Utility interface.

#elcapitan #macosx #osx #partitionresize #resize #raid #storage
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So, all is well. Storage upgraded and working well. Redirected Time machine backups to the new larger volume. Woot.

Seems one can never have too much storage. Sooo want to add another raid array so different projects will have dedicated space.

Thought: Another Areca 8050T2, but loaded with SSD(s) for super fast Lightroom/OS boot disk.
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Omg... Seriously!?
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/microcontrollers/ftdi-gate-2-0/

So before, it was Bricking chips. Now, it's inserting junk data into the serial stream!? I'm sorry, but someone is going to be suing them and soon.

This kind of behavior is potentially dangerous!
FTDIgate 2.0? - Page 1
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Pregnant women and Zika virus do not mix. Please be safe! CDC has listed countries that pregnant women should avoid.

http://gizmodo.com/zika-virus-outbreak-prompts-cdc-to-expand-travel-adviso-1754572559
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking pregnant women to avoid 22 countries that have seen outbreaks of the Zika virus. That’s up eight from just yesterday. Disturbingly, the mosquito-borne virus, which may be causing abnormally small heads in newborns, has also been linked to yet another debilitating disease.
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For the #kilfitt and #vintigelens folks out there, I'm selling off my Kilfitt Makro Kilar 40/3.5 (Exacta mount). Partly because I want to raise funds to get another lens... :) But partly because I'm finding I've gotten into more of a lens collecting rather than shooting with a lens kind of state of mind.

The lens is in great shape and has the most amazing tiny aperture blades!

Anyways, if you're interested, I'm listing it here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/161951967103?

Needless to say, I photographed the lens at home. :) Some curious folks might be able to make out my setup from the usual clues... ;)

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Food for thought... with 6TB disks, raid rebuild times can be long. Very long. While not necessarily the same as a rebuild, initializing an 18TB RAID6 volume is taking a while. Since background tasks are set to 5% utilization, it is definitely taking a time hit, but I'd guess that to fully init an 18TB volume with 6TB drives, it would take about 2-3 days.

Seems like a Good Idea(tm) to have a spare ready for swapping in/out.
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~LOL~ http://www.csoonline.com/article/3019101/physical-security/comcasts-xfinity-home-security-vulnerable-fail-open-flaw-leaves-homes-exposed.html

[Update: CERT Link: https://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/418072 ]

#security #xfinity #comcast #xbee

This is a pretty serious screw up on Comcast's part. They keep sending advertisements offering this system and I'm sorry, but given how shoddy their service can be, the idea of them securing my home was laughable.

This kind of proves it. While the attack is against the XBEE protocol(basically interruption of the communication between the sensor modules and base station), the fubar is all on Comcast in how they handle the loss of communication with the sensor modules.

A quick summary: sensors are all online and armed. Interrupt communication between the sensor and the home station for a period of time. Open door/window that the sensor was attached to. No alarm. All is well, according to the Xfinity home security system.

According to the article, Comcast responded back that they are using the same tech as all of the other security firms out there... ~LOL~ Sorry, but just because you are using the same underlying tech, in this case, Xbee wireless communication devices, it doesn't mean that your implementation is in the same league.

If a remote sensor stops responding, it should trigger an alarm/alert. If it's erroring out, then that requires human intervention.

My take on this is this: Comcast's Xfinity home security system probably has a certain percentage of failed crappy sensor modules. In order to not overwhelm their service people and incur maintenance overhead, they coded their software to just ignore sensors that fall off the grid, assuming it's just a dead battery or something.

That's not security. That's the pretense of security for the sake of making money and convenience(to Comcast).

Xbee's protocol is a mesh network... it just manages that. All the common sense stuff regarding security is up to the company implementing whatever they are building on top of that. Sorry, but this is on Comcast.

Researchers at Rapid7 have disclosed vulnerabilities in Comcast's Xfinity Home Security offerings. The flaws cause the system to falsely report that a home's windows and doors are closed and secured, even if they've been opened.
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  • Bright Roll, Inc.
    Operations Engineer, 2012 - present
  • Ning, Inc / Glam Media, Inc.
    Linux/Operations Systems Administration, 2009 - 2012
  • VMware
    Sr. Systems Administrator, 2006 - 2009
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I'm just your typical tech-loving, slightly off kilter, random factoid regurgitating, camera loving, weird tech thing building, loving husband, overly cautious father, kind of guy. 

I spent half of my life growing up in Southern California and have spent the other half of my life in the Bay Area. My love of technology(and a good paying job) brought me to the Silicon Valley, but it was love and starting a family(and a good paying job), which has kept me here. ;)

I greatly enjoy photography and just shooting the breeze. Though lately, I've taken up 3d printing, micro controller project building, coding, and even got my ham radio license, though I've yet to engage in rag-chewing on my little 5W handie-talkie unit.

You'll find my various profiles all over the inter-webs. But this is where I spend the bulk of my time, on Google+ or in the Google Forums(The #deltabot forums mostly!).

I currently work for a technology platform centric company based out of San Francisco, but am fortunate enough to work out of the Palo Alto office, where I work with a very energetic and amazing group of engineers.
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Married to an amazingly straightforward, understanding, insightful, patient, and loving woman who somehow finds it within her to put up with me and the cloud of messiness/noise/random ramblings I bring with me. Proud father of an exceedingly energetic, unendingly inquisitive, and a paragon of positivity daughter. Both of whom remind me why life is wonderful.
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