Robot Vacuum

Been a while since I had any updates. I’ve been disabled and I can’t really type very often. I’ve needed to rebuild this server forever, but I don’t think it’s going to get done.

Anyway! I’ve been using a robot vacuum and unlike my experience with several roombas, this one actually works and hasn’t died on me. I’ve been a fan of the iLife A4S. I can recommend it if you’re on the market for one.

I’ll be picking up a V3S Pro soon to see if that works better on pet hair.

Price: $184.99
Was: $249.99

Some Asshole – FoxReplace substitution list for mass shooters

New github repo – https://github.com/bswopes/FoxReplacements/blob/master/SomeAsshole.json

I’ve created this as a substitution list to replace the names of mass shooters with “Some Asshole”. So far, I only have the Oregon shooter and his inspiration from Isla Vista. Please feel free to share and submit pull requests with new names or fixes.

FoxReplace - Some Asshole

FoxReplace is available from the Mozilla addon store: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/foxreplace/

Let me know if there are any compatible plugins for other browsers.

Site slightly wonky

The site is a bit busted at the moment. I’ve added SSL as part of https://www.resetthenet.org/ however I still need to tweak some configs. Can’t spend a lot of time on the keys right now, thanks to psoriatic arthritis. Should have this fixed in a couple days.

By the way, I got my cert from NameCheap for $1.99 as part of their support for Reset the Net day. If you’re thinking about it, now’s a great time to grab one.

Kiva Country Collector – Now storing loan IDs.

I had to archive everyone’s cached data, because I’ve made a major change to the data model and it wasn’t fully backwards compatible.

The upside, is that it’ll be less API intensive about pulling in updated data and won’t start from scratch each time.

The downside, though, is that I’m storing loan IDs now. So, that’s something you should consider if you want to use the app. If you don’t select the “Privacy Mode”, then I’ll be storing your lender id, loan IDs and countries you’ve loaned to in a file that looks like this:

$ head lenders/bswopes.csv 
"DO","[519186, 453620, 414509, 253513]"
"BF","[561459, 455699, 406311, 346733]"
"KH","[271711, 295024, 238144, 265943]"
"XK","[508414, 518939, 482881, 443775]"
"BO","[518671, 290774, 232177, 196661]"
"YE","[510083, 412907, 425078, 391416]"
"LR","[434516, 404925, 297545, 203097]"
"BJ","[561715, 404260, 361734, 227187]"
"JO","[480732, 443313, 380336, 310151]"
"AZ","[483852, 337269, 355439, 295106, 234743]"

Here’s what it had looked like before:

$ head old-format/bswopes.csv 
"DO",4
"BF",4
"KH",4
"XK",4
"BO",4
"YE",4
"BI",4
"BJ",4
"JO",4
"HN",4

EDIT 20130921: I’ve converted to json format and also include the total lender_count to clean up the re-import.

Running some tor nodes.

I’ve been running some tor relays for a while now. One runs on my linode box with a reduced exit policy and has been basically trouble-free. The second runs on a machine in my kitchen and has produced some issues.

I recently rebuilt that system as an ubuntu box to run tor, boinc, squid > apache > mod_pagespeed. Overall, I’ve been happy with it, but it seems like my network just dies out at times. It could just need some tuning love, but I’m about out of weekend.

So, I’m just going to switch it over to acting as a tor bridge for now. Should be safer from complaints by my ISP, at least.

Trolling as me in the early 2000’s

I just found another post to a forum I never used where someone was trolling using my name. Seems I must have pissed someone off back in March 2004 and just didn’t notice for about 10 years.

I’d found this one a while ago, but the harley one is new to me.

I wonder what else is out there…

Quoted in an article about Facebook

I was quoted in an article on digitaltrends.com:

WE ASKED, YOU ANSWERED: WOULD YOU ACTUALLY PAY FOR FACEBOOK?

“There is no way I would pay for Facebook. I’m already uncomfortable being on the network, but I have an account because it’s what everyone uses to share what is going on. I had actually deleted my account, but after hearing that a friend was in the hospital from someone else who saw it on Facebook, I gave in and opened up a new account … [and] an ad-free Facebook is not enough of a selling point to get people to pay. If someone wants to eliminate ads, they can easily do it with browser extensions like AdBlock, Social Fixer, Greasemonkey scripts, etc.” – Blake Swopes, BhodiSoft

It also looks like my quora answer about the craziest thing I ever said in a job interview also got quoted over on the Jobberman blog:

What’s the Craziest Thing You Ever Said (or Did) in an Interview and Still Got The Job?

iTunes Repeated Password Prompts

I’ve recently been struggling with an issue where iTunes repeatedly prompts for the iTunes store password. There are some forum threads out there that address the issue, but in my case it went beyond the common solutions. I wanted to call out the steps to look for.

This was particularly troubling to me, since I have arthritis; typing any more than I need to can be very painful at times. Also, secure passwords can be a bit awkward to type, since they aren’t normal words.

    • Cookies
    • Keychain
  • Multiple Accounts

So, one of the first things to check is your cookie preferences in Safari. iTunes shares the same cookie storage as Safari and the same restrictions, so if you don’t accept cookies, then you’re going to have trouble. Open up Preferences > Privacy and make sure that your cookie preferences are set to anything other than Always.

Your keychain could be corrupt. Open up Keychain Access, then bring up preferences and “Reset my default keychain”. This will blow away a bunch of saved passwords, so you might want to think about this one first.

Finally, the issue that was causing my trouble. I had purchases under multiple iTunes account. I used Doug’s “Track Down Purchases” applescript to identify what was under my old account and see if it was worth really hanging on to. In my case, it wasn’t, so I purged the files from my old account. Depending on what you have, you can also see about using iTunes match to switch files you own over to your other account. Get iTunes match under your current account, make sure the files from your old account are matched, delete them then download them from iCloud. Bonus is that you’ll probably get better quality copies without DRM.

Good luck!