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Like many others I'm switching over to my Google apps account now that it's possible -- email address is matt@mattwoodward.com

Now to figure out that import function I saw mentioned ...
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Ah-ha! Thanks!
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Whittling down the Halloween alt.* playlist--too much great stuff to fit into one show! Be sure to tune in Thursday at 10 AM Eastern.
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Thanks Eclipse (or Subclipse more specifically). Way to provide more details.
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alt.* #21 done and dropped -- tune in tomorrow at 10 AM Eastern! All new music this week (with one cheat) from Wake The President, Blind Pilot, Jon McKiel, San Sebastian and more.
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Stand up for your freedom to install free software!
Stand up for your freedom to install free software! Read the truth behind so-called "Secure Boot" and sign the statement. You are here: Home → Campaigns → Secure Boot vs Restricted Boot → St...
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Another nice addition to Ubuntu 11.10 is a backup application included out of the box, with the new default application being Deja Dup. It simply appears as "Backup" in the Unity search but still comes up if you start typing "deja."

Deja Dup lets you back up to a local drive, Ubuntu One, a Windows share, or any number of other locations via ssh, webdav, or ftp. You can also specify a "custom location" which from what I've read so far could be something like Amazon S3.

I'm not sure how this compares to BackInTime (http://backintime.le-web.org/) which is what I've been using for a very long time in Linux, but I'm going to give it a shot this week and see how it goes.
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Extra-special Halloween alt.* starts in about 10 minutes--tune in now, if you dare! #CodeBassRadio
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I was struck by how censorship changes over time when I heard Wheatus's "Teenage Dirtbag" on the radio this past week.

Here's how the line was edited for radio when it was released in 2000:
Her boyfriend's a dick, yeah he brings a gun to school ...

And here's how I heard it last week:
Her boyfriend's a dick, yeah he brings a gun to school ...
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I agree that as Americans we kind of have things bass-ackwards when it comes to sex and violence. We're far too hung up on seeing a bit of boob on television than we are on seeing a gun fight or something. I'm not particularly anti-guns, I just think folks ought to be able to take responsibility for themselves and what they watch and don't watch, rather than have someone decide for me what's decent or not.
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New alt.* starts in about 12 minutes! Fire up your music player now!
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Quick tip if you ever find that all your search options are grayed out in Eclipse for no apparent reason--just go to Window -> Close All Perspectives. Reopen the perspective(s) you want and you should be good again.

Until the next time it happens of course.
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Everything under the search menu was grayed out no matter what was selected. Pretty common problem from what I saw on Google.

It hadn't ever happened to me before I upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10 so might be related to that, and I'm using SpringSource Tool Suite where previously I was using stock Eclipse 3.7, but I also have some new plugins, etc. so who knows. I changed a lot of stuff at once so it's hard to know what the culprit was.
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Doing my first backup from Ubuntu 11.10 with Deja Dup--my only complaint right out of the box is that the backup schedule isn't very granular. The lowest interval is "daily" and you can't set when it happens daily.

I had BackInTime set to backup hourly, which since it's only backing up the deltas (which Deja Dup also does) meant most of the time it wasn't actually doing much, but that was a nice thing to have in place in the unlikely event my hard drive completely tanks and I'd done a ton of work in the course of an hour that I hadn't yet committed anywhere.

But, I'll give it a shot. Every hour's probably overly paranoid anyway. ;-) I do like the fact that it has more knowledge of backup location types, particularly since I backup one of my machines to my Amahi and Amahi exposes everything via samba ("windows share"). With BackInTime I had to add the Amahi backup location to fstab which wasn't a big deal but out of the box BackInTime wouldn't be able to back up to things like Ubuntu One, Amazon S3, etc. unless you mounted those resources first.

I'm starting to think maybe they removed Amazon S3 as a direct option in the Ubuntu flavor of Deja Dup based on things I'm reading about the tool itself outside of Ubuntu, so I guess to back up to S3 you'd first mount your S3 drive via JungleDisk and then point Deja Dup to that.
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you need to install python-boto to backup to amazon s3. i did a calculation and saw that it's actually cheaper to backup to my own disk (less reliable of course, i know...)
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How to create a custom launcher in Unity on Ubuntu 11.10 -- most of the previous methods (even ones you may have used in 11.04) no longer work.

Short version if you don't feel like jumping to the blog post:
sudo apt-get install alacarte

Then run alacarte, and you'll see the familiar face of the old edit menus functionality from Ubuntu releases gone by.
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Web developer using CFML, Groovy, Grails, CouchDB, and whatever else strikes my fancy.
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  • United States Senate
    Principal IT Specialist, 2006 - present
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Lincoln, Nebraska - Wichita, Kansas - Denton, Texas - Vienna, Austria - Alexandria, Virginia - Bothell, Washington
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Free software advocate, web developer, and all-around geek
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I'm a web developer using a mix of technologies including:
  • CFML, specifically Open BlueDragon
  • Java, Groovy, and Grails
  • CouchDB
  • GNU/Linux
  • Free software whenever possible (which is always!)

I'm also on the Open BlueDragon Steering Committee, and I run the Seattle Groovy/Grails Meetup.
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In a former life I was a musician--I have a Master's in trumpet performance and did everything but my dissertation for a PhD in music. Love it but it wasn't the career for me.
Education
  • University of North Texas
    Trumpet Performance, Musicology, 1994 - 1999
  • Wichita State University
    Trumpet Performance, 1992 - 1994
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Trumpet Performance, 1988 - 1992
  • University of Phoenix
    Computer Information Systems, 2002 - 2005
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