Interesting 23 minute FBI training video:
I have been meaning to move my personal MoinMoin wiki that was installed on my laptop to some secure place online where I can access it from anywhere. MoinMoin is written in Python, so I needed a place where I could host an online Python application. In addition, I use xapian indexing on all of my wiki pages, so I needed to either have that already available or have the flexibility to install it myself.
I decided to find someplace that offered good value on VPS hosting, one that allowed me to use the operating system of my choice, Ubuntu, where I would have complete control over the environment and be able to build and install anything that I needed.
So yesterday I consulted Google and, after a bit of review-checking, decided to give linode a try.
What a great decision that was! I signed up for the Linode 512 plan: 512MB RAM, 20GB storage, 200GB data transfer, dedicated IP address, Ubuntu 11.10. Perfect! It took maybe 1 minute from the time I made my decision until I had an operational instance with root access. Ran updates, installed a few packages, copied my data over, done.
So next thing I needed was an SSL certificate because I wanted to serve up my private wiki only over SSL. I brought it up with a self-signed certificate. That worked fine of course but I thought if I could purchase one for a decent price it would be worth it — if only to avoid the annoying browser warnings. Again after some Google-fu I decided to give cheapssls a try.
Another score! I paid only $23.97 for an SSL certificate that is good for 3 years. Again very easy. I ordered the certificate and then, while waiting to hear back from them, generated the CSR. By the time I had done that my cert was ready to activate. Pasted in the CSR, submitted it, and just a few minutes later I had my new certificate.
Dropped it in place, tweaked Apache config, and that was it.
Saw this one on reddit. The caption was “This is how I feel almost every day when people watch me work on something.” Cute!
Found an excellent series of 9 videos on the topic Couchbase Server 2.0 Technical Webinar Series. Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning more about Couchbase Server.
2011 CreekFest Chalk Artist Festival
Mikie was one of the featured artists and she got tons of positive feedback during the 8 hours that she spent working today. This was a really well-organized event and everyone associated with it was just delightful.
This is the full text of an email that was sent to me:
“[G]overnment can, instead of extending freedom, restrict freedom. And note … that the ‘can’ quickly becomes ‘will’ the moment the holders of government power are left to their own devices. This is because of the corrupting influence of power, the natural tendency of men who possess some power to take unto themselves more power. The tendency leads eventually to the acquisition of all power — whether in the hands of one or many makes little difference to the freedom of those left on the outside.” –U. S. Senator Barry Goldwater (1909-1998)
Not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too.
It totaled 15% of your income before taxes.
If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that’s close to $220,500.
If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer’s contribution) at a simple 5% (less than what the govt. pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you’d have $892,919.98.
If you took out only 3% per year, you’d receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you’re 95 if you retire at age 65) and that’s with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit!
If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you’d have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month.
The folks in Washington have pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madhoff ever had.
Entitlement my ass, I paid cash for my social security insurance!!!!
Just because they borrowed the money, doesn’t make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!!
Congressional benefits, aka. free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, now that’s welfare, and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement entitlements?
We’re “broke” and can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc.!
In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti , Chile , and Turkey .
And now Pakistan ……home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!
Our retired seniors living on a ‘fixed income’ receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour Hundreds of Billions of $$$$$$’s and tons of food to foreign countries!
They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives and now when its time for us to collect, the government is running out of money.
Why did the government borrow from it in the first place, and shouldn’t it have to pay interest on the “loans” it took?
Imagine if the GOVERNMENT gave ‘US’ the same support they give to other countries.
Sad isn’t it?
Saw this one on Second Ammendment TV:
Mikie just told me about this cool site. The idea is to post one photograph every day for a year. I just signed up today – it doesn’t cost anything – and have uploaded a couple of pics. On weekdays I’m going to post pics of things I see on my commute to or from work. On weekends, anything goes!.
We stopped by Asian City today. They have a couple of small, inter-connected Koi ponds out front.
Afterwards we went to the Barnes & Noble to enjoy a cup of coffee and browse the new book selection. I made a pit stop in the men’s room and was surprised to find this pile of clothes in the corner of the handicapped stall. Looks like enough clothing for several people. Mikie suggested the rapture might have come late and these were among the chosen ones…