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Write It! Arabic – Phone App

Write It! Arabic – Phone App

I picked up a new phone app that I really liked about a week ago. I had been trying to learn the Arabic alphabet for a while now, annoying my wife to teach me was not yielding the right result either, but hey, it was worth a shot! Write It! Arabic available here for android and here for iPhone. If you are trying to learn, I highly recommend it. This is better than the flashcards I was trying to make…

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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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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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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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Experimenting with vSphere PowerCLI – Portgroups

Experimenting with vSphere PowerCLI – Portgroups

Despite last weeks frustration with enhanced LACP and vDS through vSphere PowerCLI, some things can still be automated while others will have to be done by hand. I looked into the deployment of PortGroup’s as the next logical step, here is what I came up with so far: # Create Portgroups Get-VDSwitch -Name “vTest” | New-VDPortGroup -Name “Windows Servers” -PortBinding Static -Numports 32 -VlanID 100 Get-VDSwitch -Name “vTest” | New-VDPortGroup -Name “Linux Servers” -PortBinding Static -Numports 32 -VlanID 101 This…

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Experimenting with vSphere PowerCLI – vDS and LACP

Experimenting with vSphere PowerCLI – vDS and LACP

This week as the year winds up I was experimenting with vSphere PowerCLI and noticed that when I go to create a Virtual Distributed Switch (VDS) through PowerShell I am able to create it, but it does not support enhanced LACP out of the box. It actually behaves identically to how it would if I created it in the fat client instead of the web client. # Create VDS New-VDSwitch -Name “vtest” -Location “Las Vegas” -LinkDiscoveryProtocol “CDP” -LinkDiscoveryProtocolOperation “Listen” -NumUplinkPorts…

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Graduate Study

Graduate Study

Not long ago, I finished the last class in the graduate program I was taking at Boston University. I wanted to provide a brief review of the program that I took. I started the program in September of 2013, the admission process was overall pretty straight forward. So long as you have good grades, a strong statement of purpose, and your transcripts ready, it seemed very easy to make this dream a reality. The classes were moderately difficult in my…

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Error Installing Gems

Error Installing Gems

I spun up a new instance on Amazon AWS to learn some ruby for one of my classes online and notice I kept getting the below error: [[email protected] ~]$ sudo gem install Fetching: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (100%) Successfully xxxxxxxxxxx Fetching: multi_json-1.10.1.gem (100%) Successfully installed multi_json-1.10.1 Fetching: rubyzip-1.1.6.gem (100%) Successfully installed rubyzip-1.1.6 Fetching: ffi-1.9.3.gem (100%) Building native extensions. This could take a while… ERROR: Error installing xxxxx: ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension. /usr/bin/ruby2.0 extconf.rb mkmf.rb can’t find header files for ruby…

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Passed the 70-642

Passed the 70-642

Well, the test was actually harder than I thought, I still passed with a score in the 800’s. I will say that the book that I purchased did lack a little. The book I used as my primary study resource was MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-642): Configuring Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure. Another friend of mine took this exam a few weeks ago, using a combination of this book and Trainsignal, he mentioned that the combination was great. On…

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