osquery

With osquery, you can use SQL to query low-level operating system information. Under the hood, instead of querying static tables, these queries dynamically execute high-performance native code. The results of the SQL query are transparently returned to you quickly and easily.

A really neat concept for monitoring and security auditing.

The Marjata

Launched in 1992, the 7,560 ton displacement Marjata, the third Norwegian spy ship to carry that name, has a pretty tough primary mission- to chase around and shadow the Russian Navy’s incredibly powerful, Barents and Norwegian Sea based Northern Fleet, through some of the most challenging sea conditions in the world.

What a fascinating vessel.

AeroPress Timer 2

AeroPress Timer is the perfect companion for the AeroPress. AeroPress Timer allows you to explore the versatility of the AeroPress with a catalog of carefully curated recipes.

If you are like me in that you enjoy the process of making a good cup of coffee as well as drinking coffee, this is for you.

Another Patent Troll Slain. You Are Now Free To Rotate Your Smartphone

Rotatable sued us and immediately asked for $75,000 to go away. We refused. And we fought. It’s Rackspace policy to not pay off patent trolls, even if it costs us more to fight. Eventually Rotatable offered to just walk away – but we refused again. Just as we promised last year, we challenged the patent and the USPTO invalidated it.

This means that Rackspace will not pay one penny to this troll, nor will Apple, Netflix, Electronic Arts, Target, Whole Foods or any of the other companies sued by Rotatable for how they use screen rotation technology in their apps.

Good on Rackspace.

I linked to the Kickstarter for the Trove Slim Wallet a while back. I ended up backing the project and after successful funding, I received my Trove a few weeks ago. After having carried an oversized wallet around for the past few years, switching to the Trove was something of a revelation. During the first few days of use, I had to double check that I had it with me since my trouser pockets felt so spacious.

It’s a really great product. For those who missed the Kickstarter, you can read more about the wallet here (it’s up for preorder in the online shop, too).

Why I have a blog

The other day, someone asked me why I have blog. I didn’t have a straightforward answer, and the question has been bugging me ever since.

I guess, to me, a personal blog is a modern form of self-expressionism — a digital journal, if you will. I can discuss whatever I want, when I want. I can talk about things I like, and the things I dislike. I don’t have to worry about someone editing my thoughts or calling me out on my language. Having a blog is also a way for me to keep practicing writing, an activity I have a love-hate relationship with[1].

I encourage everyone to try maintaining a journal. It doesn’t have to be online in the form of a blog, and it doesn’t have to be public. It can be as simple as jotting down some thoughts on a piece of paper whenever you feel like it. If you keep at it, I guarantee that you will find joy in such an archive. I often peruse my old posts, both for reference and for my own amusement. I find that collectively, they quite accurately depict my personality. That is in and of itself a good reason to continue.

  1. I suck at writing because I tend to overthink every sentence. Instead of writing a draft first and editing it for legibility later, I procrastinate and end up not writing anything at all. Silly, I know. That said, I enjoy the activity itself. []

A tour of the Matz Maersk Triple E

At 194 feet wide and 1,312 feet long, the Matz Maersk Triple E is the largest ship ever built. It can carry 18,000 20-foot containers; its propellers weigh 70 tons apiece; it is too big for the Panama Canal, though it can shimmy through the Suez. All this is to say: This is a ship of daunting proportions.

Driveclub

Sure, it lacks features you expect to see in a modern racing game. But Driveclub excels where it counts: when you are racing. The physics feel spot-on for arcade/simulation hybrid. Driving in at breakneck speeds at night—especially when in cockpit view—is both terrifying and exhilarating, and I can’t think of any other game that does it better.

★★★★☆