It’s been a crazy awesome roller coaster of almost six years. This week, our company KZO Innovations, was acquired by Bedford Funding to be integrated into Peoplefluent’s workforce talent management product. It is a great fit for our technology and gives us the opportunity to take our vision to the next level.
Thanks to the whole team for their hard work. We need a full team pic, this is most definitely not everyone.
I am the ultimate cold sleeper. I need the ultimate sleeping bag when temps drop below freezing. I recently bought the REI Habanera Women’s Sleeping bag to see if its up for the challenge. The sleeping bag I’ve been using for the last year or so is the REI Sub Kilo +15 . It has 750 fill down and is super light and awesome but just doesn’t cut it when temperatures drop below ~35 degrees (for me anyway).
I chose the Habanera bag after tons and tons of research and comparison. A couple big things stood out for me: the price (I paid $209 on sale) is great for its rating and it is EN 13537 tested. It’s really difficult to compare sleeping bags or trust the rating without the EN test offering some sort of metric.
A lot of companies over estimate the rating of their bags (North Face seems to be one of the worst). For example, this North Face 0 Degree Snow Leopard bag claims in the title to be zero degrees, but the product listing shows its EN Rating at : Comfort: 25° F / Limit: 12° F / Extreme: -22° F . Extreme basically means you won’t die if you stay in it for 6 hours at those temps. So it’s pretty crazy they advertise it as a zero degree bag.
Check out the EN Rating tag at the end of this post. I still consider it a fuzzy guideline for comfort level (its too subjective), but compared to other bags I’ve looked at this is the best bang for your buck.
I’ve been working on a lot of web apps with social networking authentications lately and it has been interesting to see what developers can see when you login via Facebook (as well as other social networks). Below is an example of what a site has access to when you login via Facebook. The below example is a request for “basic information” and “email”. When you login, Facebook will tell you what the site is requesting access for. You can think of the array below as the minimum amount of data you normally give them access to. In reality, most apps request access to more data than this including your wall posts, contacts, likes, etc.
For my profile, requesting access to “read_feed” resulted in an array 2,054 lines of data containing gps coordinates of all my check-ins, photos I’ve been tagged in, and everything someone has said on my wall in the last 6 months as well as the full name and facebook ids of my friends who posted on my wall.
See Graph API Reference and click on each link to see more examples of data that is available. I’m not one of those super privacy freaks, I just think everyone should be informed when they allow other websites access to their Facebook data. I think it becomes more of a reality when you see it in this format.
Logging in via Twitter, for example, is generally a better option because it does not provide websites or developers access to your email address. It also has less personal information for the most part. Twitter discloses your “display name” which can be a pseudonym and doesn’t require your real first name or last name.
I found it a little tricky to get my CakePHP shell to run as a cronjob on my Ubuntu server, so I thought I’d do a little write up on how I ended up doing it. First off, I’m using Cakephp 2.0 and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. I’m not a linux expert, which is probably why I had issues figuring it out in the first place.
The first step is to have a shell script you want to run. For the following example, I have a shell called HelloShell.php located in /var/www/example.com/public_html/app/Console/Command/ . See Cake’s Console and Shells guide for more details on writing shell scripts.
I use the cake console pretty often for the bake functionality, so I always add a path to it so I can access from any directory.
To do this, I edited .profile in my home directory and added this line at the bottom to the location of my cake console:
I just developed a new plugin for Wordpress, called Pretty Pinterest Pins, that pulls the latest images, captions, and links from your latest Pinterest activity and shows it off on the sidebar. There are several customizations you can make to it to match the look and flow of your site.
The easiest way to make the HTML for a simple form is to use CakePHP’s built-in FormHelper. Once you get your model and table set up with the fields you need, a little shortcut is to use the inputs() function so that you don’t have to type out each individual field input:
I recently installed a new aftermarket stereo in my 1999 Volkswagen Beetle. I was kind of forced into getting a new radio because I took my car in to a shop to diagnose a battery drain and they ended up cracking my factory radio when they pulled it out.
I have no real experience working with cars, and the install definitely took a lot longer than expected, but I think this is a task that most people can handle. My install was complicated by the fact that the shop that diagnosed my battery drain also removed the fuse to the radio (fuse 42, fyi) and didn’t tell me about it.
I ordered most of the parts I needed off of Amazon.
The stereo I bought was the Sony Xplod CDXGT55UIW. It has both USB connectivity with iPhone support and an AUX port for connecting anything else. It definitely beats the tape deck in my old radio.