Soylent: Day 1

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Today I start Soylent with my roommate, well not that exact Soylent, I am using this recipe which I found on this website and then updated it's prices and factored in the price for multiple of certain items to make it last a minimum of 30 days. My recipe comes out to $7.10/day which comes in just under the $7.60/day (30 day month rounded down) for a month of Soylent from the main project. I have decided to try and document my process not only for others who are interested but also for myself so I have details on how I felt every day. Before I go into detail on how today is going I want to go o…

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Short review of Rdio

I listen to music just about all day long at work so whatever I use has to work well. Rdio, does not. I first heard about Rdio about 3 years ago when they were still in private beta, I didn't get in. A year or so later when they opened to the public I wasn't very interested due to having looked at Spotify and decided the streaming music wasn't for me. Then about a month ago I got sick of having to constantly download new music that I wanted to listen to and started looking around again. A couple guys at work used Rdio and spoke highly of it so I went ahead and bought the $10/mo plan so I could…

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Alfred Extension: Unmount

This is just a quick little post about a small Alfred extension I put together that lets you easily unmount all of your drives. I take my laptop and one of two of my external drives back and forth with me to work so I am always ejecting them, I wanted a fast and easy way to disconnect them that didn't require me opening up finder and scrolling down to click the eject buttons. I bought a small App Store app, unDock ($1), which worked perfectly and even had the ability to set a keyboard shortcut to unmount all your drives. However, I wanted something that would work across all the macs I work on…

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How to setup growl notifications for Beanstalk Deployments [Updated]

A few months ago I wrote a blog post on How to setup growl notifications for Beanstalk Deployments using boxcar and a small script to call out to the API. Since then I have found boxcar to not be to optimal solution so here is the updated way to setup growl notifications for Beanstalk. There are 3 main components to this project: PusherApp, Heroku, and MacGap. This post will walk you through each step to set this up on your own system. This also provides you with an easy way to send Growl notifications to your computer for any reason. Lets get started!   Step one: Install MacGap on your Mac. M…

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Demote - A Drupal plugin that might speed up your site

Recently I was trying to track down why a Drupal site that I wrote had such slow loading times on the homepage. The issue wasn't due to the page needing to download a lot of items, I had already looked into that. It seemed that the server was very slow to serve up the page. At first I wrote it off to being a massive site with hundreds of thousands of images and too many contrib modules, however other sites on the same server were performing fine and the server had actually been scaled up multiple times due to it needing more storage space (Yes, S3, I love it and would have used it except that…

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