The Loop – Nice review for a Digital Magazine

Not new information as ‘The Loop’ was revised back in the fall of 2013. See initial review here by Apple Insider. See the review I’m referencing here.

‘The Loop’ is powered by something called ‘Glide’ from ‘Glide Creations’. I guess I’m just confused as I thought this was something that was released but the web site doesn’t seem to indicate that’s the case.

Brent Simmons and John Gruber discuss Azure

Nice video with John Gruber and Brent Simmons discussing how they are using Azure with their fine note taking app ‘Vesper’. If you haven’t tried the application please do, it’s quite good. 

See the video here

“When I recognized how much the financial markets have become like 2006…”

That’s not a compliment.

The financial structure of Guitar Center, outlined in this article by Eric Garland, is scary complex. To me, the more complex the structure the more someone is trying to hide what they are doing. 

Another good bit: 

Then, it hit me. I think I threw my head back and laughed. Chances are, Ares Capital Management will find buyers for Guitar Center debt at 6 – 9% interest, because for financiers today, higher risk just means higher returns, not actual risk –  just like back in the mid-2000s.

Lots of good and interesting analysis in this article and some fascinating links. 

Nice article about Flipboard engineering changes within the layout engine

See here.

Thanks but no thanks for all the notifications HP Print Center…

Came home to my personal machine showing this on screen: 

Screen Shot 2014 03 26 at 9 13 49 PM

I guess it wants me to buy more ink. 

WordPress auto-update on a local machine (Mac OS X)

I’ve been using WordPress for years for my personal web sites (this one for example) but have never had a need to have a local instance.

I just installed WordPress on my personal machine for use with WoodWing Enterprise. Ran into a problem where I wanted to use the Auto-Update feature of WordPress but received the ‘dreaded’ FTP dialog. 

I added this line to the bottom of my WordPress installation’s ‘wp-config.php’ file: 

/** Sets up ‘direct’ method for wordpress auto update */
define(‘FS_METHOD’, ‘direct’);

Now auto update works.

Here is the reference page from the WordPress Codex. 

I think the most important part to think about is: 

  • (Primary Preference) “direct” forces it to use Direct File I/O requests from within PHP, this is fraught with opening up security issues on poorly configured hosts, This is chosen automatically when appropriate.

fivethirtyeight.com

Wahoo! fivethirtyeight.com, one of my favorite web sites, has been relaunched.

Check it out here. If you are into statistical analysis and explanation of various topics in the areas of politics, economics, science and sports (even life) you’ll like this site. 

Take are read of ‘What the fox knows’ introduction article to learn more about their goals. See that article here.

I wish them much success.

Ahhh yes… Broadband in the U.S. In general expensive and not so good

Check out this article from Newsweek(!) regarding the U.S. and the efforts (or lack thereof) of the Telecom’s to spread broadband access across the country. 

See the article here.

I find it simply unbelievable the amount of basic stupidity and corruption that lies within. Why would state and local officials make these types of deals with the Telecom’s? The economic benefits for the smaller towns and cities is massive but apparently unrecognized. 

What could the lobbyists for these companies be offering to the State and local governments that would convince them to allow this?

Solr4 and WoodWing Enterprise

Solr

In the process of upgrading my personal machine Enterprise v9.2.

This version of Enterprise includes support for Solr4. Pretty easy update on the ol’ Mac with MacPorts.

  1. Start the Terminal application
  2. Enter ‘sudo port install apache-solr4’ and press enter

MacPorts does its thing. 

I also upgraded our Windows server running in the Amazon S3 service. A little different process but just as easy.

Lots of nice stuff in Enterprise v9.2. More about that soon. 

Update: In case you are curious here is the path to the solrconfig.xml and schema.xml files (default)

/opt/local/share/java/solr-4.7.0/example/solr/collection1/conf

 

Going to SXSW…

I’m going to SXSW on Sunday and am excited to be going. First time there. Been reviewing the list of attendees and all the events. Lots of good stuff. 

I work for WoodWing The Americas and my boss is going to be on a panel talking about Detroit.

Here’s the video that was produced by Lowe Campbell Ewald  for the SXSW interactive PanelPicker.

If you are there come see it. March 10th @ 1230pm. Downtown Hilton.