Archive for September, 2010

Sop for the iFans

jsconsole looks pretty cool.

(via The Changelog, which you should be following, if’n you want to keep up with the OSS world.)

Aforementioned Big News

So, in my last post, I alluded to big news that had kept me from updating my blogs. Now that I’m mostly settled into my new life, I’m going to try to get back to posting more frequently.

So, without further ado, the Big News: I’ve taken a job at Amazon as an analyst supporting the Kindle team at large and, in particular, the new (still in limited Beta) Kindle Development Kit for active content. In the process I’ve up and moved from Spokane to Seattle. So in the last month or so, I’ve quit my old job, condensed my life into boxes, and trucked myself across the state to start a new life here in Seattle.

And can I just say: it’s been hectic, but awesome. I’m honored and thrilled to be working at Amazon. I’m working with a great team on an awesome product for an excellent piece of hardware. I love the city of Seattle. I’m fortunately to have good friends and dear relatives on this side of the mountains. All told, it’s been an amazing move thus far.

So stay tuned here and on my other frequencies, the signal should be picking up around these parts.

Toshiba Satellite won’t boot passed splash screen

I know I’ve been gone for over a month, and that you all miss me dearly. Trust me, my loyal audience, there is a Good Reason for my prolonged absence. Alas, it’s a reason which I’ll save for another post. In the meantime, a quick troubleshooting tip for anyone who has issues with a Toshiba Satellite that won’t boot past the splash screen.

I had this issue just this evening. Got home, plugged my droid phone into my laptop, since I’m currently accessing the Internet via tethered Droid (suck it iPhone fan kids! :-D ), and hit the power button. The splash screen showed up and the machine just stuck there.

No fan noise, no apparent hard disk access (activity light completely off), no more boot process.

Rebooted a few times; no joy.

So then on a completely random hunch, I unplugged my Droid and rebooted. The machine booted as normal. So if you’re having this issue, try unplugging any smart phones or other similar devices. (My SWAG on the issue is that the Toshiba bootloader was trying to boot from the phone, thinking it was a bootable USB drive or somesuch.)

Possibly involved factors:

0.) Toshiba Satellite (A-305)
1.) OS disk is encrypted with TrueCrypt, which monkies with the MBR, among other things.
2.) Motorola Droid, latest supported Android OS (2.1, I think). USB Debugging enabled.
3.) Running on negative computer karma, since I don’t have a recent backup for this machine, so I was definitely overdue for a scare.

Hope this helps.

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Magic Blue Smoke

House Rules:

1.) Carry out your own dead.
2.) No opium smoking in the elevators.
3.) In Competitions, during gunfire or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play.
4.) A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place.
4a.) Penalty one stroke.
5.) Pilsner should be in Roman type, and begin with a capital.
6.) Keep Calm and Kill It with Fire.
7.) Spammers will be fed to the Crabipede.