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Debian: Set the Resolution by Command Line

Debian: Set the Resolution by Command Line

This weekend I ran into a trivial issue I usually ignore since I will use putty for virtually everything on a Linux virtual machine. I fired up a VM I downloaded and the resolution was 800×600 by default, which compared to the 4k landscape I have available was a little less than ideal. It was a Debian based OS, so the fix was pretty simple. Fire up the terminal and type in “xrandr”, in my case the display was “Virtual1”,…

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Beer Pong in Dubai, UAE

Beer Pong in Dubai, UAE

I have escaped again this last weekend! During my trip to Dubai I managed to find a place to play beer pong. Located at the Media One Hotel on the 9th floor is a place called Mr Miyagi’s. It is an Asian themed bar with four beer pong tables, the food was pretty good but smaller portions that I would have liked. One thing to note is they featured 10 cup as opposed to six cup, also the cups are…

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CSV with LAT and LONG of All Countries

CSV with LAT and LONG of All Countries

I spent a whole 2 minutes searching and didn’t find this online, but Google had one in a table format. Here it is CSV ready, this will be used for the next tutorial and inserted into a MySQL database. country,latitude,longitude,name AD,42.546245,1.601554,Andorra AE,23.424076,53.847818,United Arab Emirates AF,33.93911,67.709953,Afghanistan AG,17.060816,-61.796428,Antigua and Barbuda AI,18.220554,-63.068615,Anguilla AL,41.153332,20.168331,Albania AM,40.069099,45.038189,Armenia AN,12.226079,-69.060087,Netherlands Antilles AO,-11.202692,17.873887,Angola AQ,-75.250973,-0.071389,Antarctica AR,-38.416097,-63.616672,Argentina AS,-14.270972,-170.132217,American Samoa AT,47.516231,14.550072,Austria AU,-25.274398,133.775136,Australia AW,12.52111,-69.968338,Aruba AZ,40.143105,47.576927,Azerbaijan BA,43.915886,17.679076,Bosnia and Herzegovina BB,13.193887,-59.543198,Barbados BD,23.684994,90.356331,Bangladesh BE,50.503887,4.469936,Belgium BF,12.238333,-1.561593,Burkina Faso BG,42.733883,25.48583,Bulgaria BH,25.930414,50.637772,Bahrain BI,-3.373056,29.918886,Burundi BJ,9.30769,2.315834,Benin BM,32.321384,-64.75737,Bermuda BN,4.535277,114.727669,Brunei BO,-16.290154,-63.588653,Bolivia BR,-14.235004,-51.92528,Brazil BS,25.03428,-77.39628,Bahamas BT,27.514162,90.433601,Bhutan…

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Google Maps API Part 1

Google Maps API Part 1

This segment on my blog will be part of a large series on using the Google Maps API. Part one will cover rendering a basic map with a few places I have been to in 2018. First thing is first, a lot of information on the API can be found here. Where to start was the question, well I needed a list of all of the countries in the world along with their Latitude (LAT) and Longitude (LONG). I was…

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Beer Pong in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Beer Pong in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Once in a while I manage to escape works grasp and get away to somewhere new. A few weeks ago I was able to go check out Colombo, Sri Lanka over a long weekend. Out of nowhere the idea of playing beer pong dawned on me, so I did a little google searching and found one awesome place! Playtrix Sports Bar and Café. It is located here; The staff was awesome, they will even play against you and they are…

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Install VCSA 6.7

Install VCSA 6.7

VMWare has an elaborate guide to installing vCenter Server Appliance 6.7, for a small lab setting I have condensed this into a few pages containing mostly pictures. Ensure you meet the minimum system requirements; 2 vCPUs, 10GB of memory, and 250GB of disk space. I have thin provisioned the disks in this tutorial and installed on a 120GB disk I picked up off of Amazon on sale. Step 1: Load the autoinstaller Step 2: Read over the EULA, check the…

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Lending Club – 9 Months Later

Lending Club – 9 Months Later

9 Months ago I decided to give Lending Club a try to see what it could return for me on money I had sitting idle. This is no way to get rich overnight, but if you have some capital laying around it’s a decent place to put it. On average my return shows between 6-8% I have been relatively satisfied with the results so far. I started with an initial $5000, and moved more capital over to increase my return…

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Marrying a Kuwaiti Women as a Non-Kuwaiti Man – K1

Marrying a Kuwaiti Women as a Non-Kuwaiti Man – K1

Back in August of 2015 I had posted about marrying a Kuwaiti women in Kuwait without the consent of her guardian. The posting has been well received and gotten a few comments and a storm of emails over the course of the last year or so. I personally never finished out the process, due to business travel taking priority over a sheet of paper made difficult to obtain by loads of red tape. It seems like every time you make…

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PHP to Scrape Instagram Content

PHP to Scrape Instagram Content

I have become fascinated with scraping content off of Instagram mainly for curiosity and helping my wife analyze her competitors pages in terms of hashtags, ranking, and image placement, times posted, etc. I was certain something had been written for this before that was free, but it seems like there are bits and pieces out there in python, php, and a variety of other languages. Not to mention many paid solutions. I stumbled into a piece on github: https://gist.github.com/cosmocatalano/4544576 and…

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ScaleTrader DUST and ERX

ScaleTrader DUST and ERX

ScaleTrader has performed very well, however like with all commodities the focus has shifted to oil and energy. DUST had opened and closed 15 short positions with a target of $100 each through its trial run. It net approximately $100 per day with little to no work, but with the shift in gold prices and the ETF itself over the last few days I may need to relook at the range it trades within so that it can remain profitable…

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