Raspberry Pi and XBMC: A wasted opportunity

I bought a Raspberry Pi for myself this Fall in order to play around with the minicomputer that is so popular these days as an opportunity to teach myself a little more about Linux, hardware, and networking. I read many many posts about lots of individuals running the Pi as a media server for their… Continue Reading →

Still here.

Still here. Just limping along without an internet connection at the moment.

Friday Fix: Windows Search Indexer

My laptop has been crawling lately, and not just because Box is running the background. Some damn “Windows Search Indexer” service is chewing up half my CPU cycles. My laptop is crippled enough, here’s how I fixed this errant ‘Windows Search Indexer’ service in Windows 8. First, bring up the right sidebar, and click on the Search button…. Continue Reading →

Friday Fix: Android keyboard not working

I have a Samsung Epic 4G. A really old-ass Android phone. Fortunately for me, Android is an open platform and a very talented pool of hackers and coders have created a vibrant non-commercial ecosystem. Case in point, I am running Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) on a phone that Samsung never intended to get past Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)…. Continue Reading →

Friday Fix: Credit score

Just a quick teaser post for today’s Friday Fix. It is of a personal nature as well. About two or so weeks ago, I began looking for a house. What should be a fun and exciting life event, has been marred by the incredibly frustrating and stressful process of trying to get a loan. I… Continue Reading →

Friday Fix: My first open source contribution

Hey everybody, kind of an exciting Friday Fix this week. I just submitted my first pull request to an open source project! First, a little back story. A short while ago I noticed a discussion on Twitter, that spread to github, regarding the name of a particular javascript testing library named Testacular. I believe that… Continue Reading →

Friday Fix: Liferay’s SASS parser on CentOS 6

In working with a Liferay theme recently, I came across a curious bug involving jRuby and CentOS 6. It manifested itself in a rather confusing SASS parser error (the details of which I don’t have anymore). To add to this confusion, I had just switched from using the traditional Ant-based Liferay plugins build to using… Continue Reading →

Vaadin Visual Designer, broken by default

I have spent the past month, attempting to learn my way around the Vaadin framework. Kind of sucks that its Eclipse plug-in is broken, right out of the box. As soon as I installed it, I started getting this error whenever I would launch my IDE. I didn’t, and still don’t, know what the hell… Continue Reading →

Should I go with Ruby/Rails or Groovy/Grails?

I spoke with a recruiter recently, in an attempt to get a feel for the marketability of Ruby skills in my area. He hadn’t heard of any Ruby jobs that were available, but he did have one that called for Groovy on Grails. I have heard of this technology in the past, but didn’t know… Continue Reading →

Blog migration yet again

Managing my own blog has proved to be a bit too cumbersome for me. I’ve moved both blog.bencarson.net and catsandcode.com to a free wordpress.com blog. This allows for a free SSL-encrypted connection, plus I figure my site’s backend will be more professionally maintained. I am giving up a lot of freedom in the choice of… Continue Reading →

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