How to setup keyboard shortcuts in OS X

From @drm510: How to setup keyboard shortcuts in OS X. Thanks Dan for the great tip. Very useful!…

What type of boredom are you?

Boredom is an emotion that’s a lot more nuanced than we give it credit for. Which boredom type are you?

  • Indifferent boredom: A person who is calm and withdrawn from his or her external world—relaxed.
  • Reactant boredom: A person in this state has a strong motivation to escape his or her boring situation and may have significant restlessness and aggression.
  • Calibrating boredom: A slightly unpleasant emotional state characterized by wandering thoughts, not knowing what to do, and a “general openness” to activities unrelated to the present situation.
  • Searching boredom: A more negative feeling reflecting a sense of unpleasant restlessness and an active search for ways out of the boredom mindset.
  • Apathetic boredom: A person experiencing it has low arousal and a lack of positive or negative feelings–in other words, a feeling of helplessness or depression.
Fast Company

Dealing with bosses

I currently have a good boss, but I haven’t always been so fortunate.  These resources from TechRepublic are very handy for those times when you have a bad boss.

How to get additional food

@WeightWatchers My coworker says, “One sure fire way to rack up Activity Points is to run your ActiveLink through the Washer & Dryer” #oops

Tweeted, 1-Apr-2013, 13:22

PS: An ActiveLink is a fancy three axis pedometer that tracks your physical activity tied to your Weight Watchers account.  It rewards you with extra food points when you work out.

The truth, the whole truth…

No swimming right after lunch! Sugar will make you hyper! How many of these parental proclamations are actually true?  Ken Jennings unveils the truth behind the myths (lies) parents tell kids.

  1. Stay away from the poinsettia!  The leaves are poisonous.  Not!
  2. No swimming for an hour after lunch, you’ll cramp up.  Not!
  3. When you start shaving, the hair will grow in thicker.  Not!
  4. Don’t eat snow — it’ll make you sick!  Not!
  5. Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.  Not!
  6. It’s too dark in here, you’ll hurt your eyes.  Not!
  7. You are a special little snowflake.  Not!
  8. You need hydrogen peroxide on that scrape, cut, et cetera.  Not!
  9. Take off the ban-aid to let your cut air out.  Not!
  10. Don’t cross your eyes — they’ll get stuck like that!  Not!
Parade Magazine, 14-Dec-2012

Tetris Classic Codes

I found this taped to the side of an old monitor, so I know it’s important!

  1. PAUL
  2. MOSC
  3. ABRA
  4. ARIN
  5. EURO
  6. FING
  7. GREE
  8. CRIC
  9. YEKA
  10. FREN
  11. CHER
  12. BEAR or ROGD
  13. RATM
  14. FARL
  15. NAHI
  16. INVI
  17. HEAD or EUGE
  18. BORI
  19. DECE
  20. NATA
  21. DUET
  22. MIKH
  23. NOVO
  24. LIFE
  25. BERL
  26. KAMA

What to carry in your sysadmin toolkit

From TechRepublic plus some other things that I find happy to have with me most days.

  • Backpack to carry all this junk
  • A laptop
  • A smartphone
  • Tripp-lite keyspan serial to USB converter
  • Big thumb drive (32GB+)
  • Maxtech 16521MX 32-Piece Precision Bit Set
  • Ethernet cable
  • Small variety of USB cables
  • FireWire cable
  • Male DVI to Female DB25 VGA adapter
  • Extension cord
  • Notepad and pencil- tried and true and always useful.
  • Dropbox or you can keep files there and access them anywhere with an internet connection. Also perfect for sending links for others to download patches and hotfixes.
  • Ninite- this one-stop-shop for common downloads is the best thing since sliced bread; in one download you can get antivirus, iTunes, OpenOffice, and a host of other free utilities.
  • Rubber bands I always keep a handful of rubber bands in my kit to keep things organized and many times the rubber band has been the most important tool I carry. How’s that you ask? How many times have you been replacing a hard disk in a server only to find the head of the screw is stripping? The fix? Place a wide rubber band between the screwdriver and the screw — and the rubber band will fill in the stripped area. Try it and you can thank me later.
  • Portable Apps
  • CyberTool or Multitool
  • Telescoping magnet
  • Zip ties
  • Velcro ties
  • Bent paper clip
  • Linux boot disk. Many different options here.
  • Carabiners
  • Dedicated flashlight rather than app
  • Anti-static strap
  • Console cable
  • Hemostats
  • Ziploc bags
  • Canned Air
  • Duct Tape
  • From Ron: Way back when, working my way through college installing air conditioning and heating systems (this is pre-computers), I had to run thermostat wires in some awfully tight locations.  I found a 6-foot length of beaded chain, to drop down inside walls invaluable!  Now I carry it to fish cables up from behind desks, etc.  Just a cheap hunk of chain with an alligator clip on the end.