Article: Relearning to Learn — InfoQ

For my 30 plus years in tech, I’ve been reading and listening to tech mostly wrong. After in depth investigation into learning strategies I’ve restructured my knowledge acquisition process. Find out how I’ve take control of my learning queue. How I now perform active reading while taking creative notes. And hear how to use reflection…

Like this author of this article Don Denoncourt I also have been doing the learning thing for over four decades.  Some of the concepts here I have adopted, active learning, going slower and taking notes.  I find the more notes I take, even if they are entered into Notepad the better I can remember those things.  I had notes everywhere, Evernote, LastPass, JIRA and little-handwritten notes.

I simplified things, I take “Dailies”.  Basically notes on what I’m doing and what I  learned.  I use a basic Notepad called Notepad2 which is a much better notepad.  I start out the day by copying yesterdays daily and deleting everything I either completed or no longer need to do.  I also do daydreaming on the Dailies to try and “Use the things I’ve learned”.

I use a Markdown syntax to help quick format the Daily so it is easy to read and update.  I use ASCIIDoc as my markdown of choice.  It only takes a little practice to use markdown.

Here is an example of today’s Daily

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The (=) is the main heading, (==) sub-headings, (.), (..) are bullet items, checkmarks indicate the item is done.  I copy everything into here, web links, snippets of text from the web for the things I’m doing.

Then I have a Chrome extension installed called ASCIIDoctor Preview live, which can read my daily file and display and print in a nicely formatted HTML page.

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I’m still learning about how to learn and even better, how to remember.

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Ubuntu 17.10 TIP Install Microsoft PowerShell GMH 066

GMH-066 Ubuntu 17.10 Tip Install Powershell Install Microsofts Powershell on Ubuntu 17.10 Aadrvark. Why Powershell when Ubuntu has the power of Bash? I have been torn between where to focus my efforts on and looked at the ecosystem of both Bash and Powershell. Bash beats Powershell is sheer numbers but Powershell seems to be drawing the interest some very innovative folks.

Professionally I work in a Windows environment, my soul works in Linux. In this case, I’m bilingual and I need to speak the language of the country (Environment) I’m living in. I have written some pretty cool Powershell scripts and I’m helping others move from the Windows CMD line into Powershell.

To help me in my withdrawal from Linux, I have installed CYGwin on most windows systems and use the GIT BASH window frequently. I also use a networking tool called MobaXTerm which also has the heart of CYGWin in it. Some of the future videos in this series will have references to Powershell so installing it is important. Some folks find it difficult to dip their toes into the Linux Terminal. For many, this video is a short visit to that strange place. To others, I am boring the shit out them. I promise it will get more interesting in the future.

NOTE: In the recording of this video, the remote desktop connection from the X11VNC server kept crashing after 5-10 minutes. I had to cut out all the cuss words. You might alow notice the cursor highlighting disappears from time to time

Reference: https://austin.cady.io/install-micros…

# Install Curl sudo apt-get install curl # Import the public repository GPG keys curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/m… | sudo apt-key add –

# Register the Microsoft Ubuntu repository curl https://packages.microsoft.com/config… | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/microsoft.list

# Update apt-get sudo apt-get update

# Install PowerShell sudo apt-get install -y PowerShell

# Link to Missing libicu55
http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/poo…

NOTE: This version of the lib is for an AMD system like the one I’m using. If your system is different you may need to locate the proper lib.

# Install libicu55 using CLI package installer
sudo dpkg -i ./libicu55_55.1-7ubuntu0.3_amd64.deb

# Start Powershell pwsh

# Simple command to test PS
write-host “Hello there GeeMustHave fans.” -foregroundcolor yellow

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Is Tableau Right for You? 10-Point Checklist to Make the Right Decision — DZone Big Data Zone

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If you are choosing a business intelligence tool for your analytics, you have probably heard of Tableau Software. Tableau provides desktop, server, and hosted software that allows users to connect, explore, and visualize their data. Tableau has native connectors that enable it to query relational databases, cloud databases, flat files, and spreadsheets. Interestingly, Tableau was…

Of all the business intelligence tools I’ve used, I enjoy Tableau the most.  I’ve been a Business Objects, Crystal Report developer and instructor for many years and sadly it has become obsolete.  Some of the things I do in Tableau are just not possible in Business Objects.  The runner-up for BI tool is Microsoft PowerBI.  It is still in the growing stage but, it grows every single month.

via Is Tableau Right for You? 10-Point Checklist to Make the Right Decision — DZone Big Data Zone

Ubuntu 17 10 TIP Change desktop wallpaper, dock location, Icon size GMH-064

Ubuntu 17.10 tip on background, dock and Icon size GMH-064. This video is on how to change your background or desktop image, move the dock to the bottom of the screen, where it belongs ;-), finally change the Icon size to be a little smaller.

This is really a preparation video for the rest of the videos I’m doing on Ubuntu 17.10. I like to have my desktop environment as clean as possible and be all Geekized. I work primarily in Windows and teach others in Windows so I find it easy to have the dockable Icon bar at the bottom. I also reduce the size of the Icons from comic book size to something smaller.

You might notice the (X11 VNC) icon in the upper left corner. That Icon is there because I am using VNC Viewer on my Windows system to remote desktop into the Ubuntu 17.10 system. Then I use Windows Camtasia to record the video and voice over at the same time. I did it this way because there were some issues with the default Ubuntu 17.10 new Wayland display server and most of the Linux based screencast capture software. They either didn’t work at all or were intermittent. I could have switched to the X11 display server but then some of the new things that make the Wayland display server would be missing from the videos.

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Raspberry Pi Airplay Boombox — Adafruit Industries

Learning Guide: Boomy Pi Airplay Speaker Raspberry Pi Boombox In this Project we’re using a Raspberry Pi Zero W to make an AirPlay-ready audio player. With shairport sync, you can stream audio from an iOS device to the Raspberry Pi. We think this is a great little airplay speaker project using Raspberry Pi, 3D printing,…

I am so going to build something along these lines.  An InterWeb radio box.

via New Project! Raspberry Pi Airplay Boombox — Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!

BACKUP TIP Mount NAS Share to backup with CrashPlan GMH-062

Please excuse video compression, video editor went crazy on me. Backup tip, How to mount a NAS share drive so CrashPlan Pro can use it. GMH-062 I use CrashPlan Pro for making a backup copy of my stuff on a large NAS system. I discovered that the standard (NET USE) command didn’t mount the NAS Share as a SYSTEM drive.

CrashPlan Pro runs as a SYSTEM service and could not see my W: or NAS Share. NOTE: CrashPlan Pro doesn’t support or recommend this suggested solution. Use at your own risk! SPECIAL THANKS: Phoenix Workgroup LLC for server space and permission to publish this. I tried a number of solutions from Google and ended up with this one working the best of all of them.

This set of Powershell scripts are tarted up to make them look pretty and contain links to all the people who helped make it work. Let me know in the comments if this works for you. Boxes, Thomas Jensen https://goo.gl/pfMvT8 System Internals Microsoft https://goo.gl/KbFLqr GeekMustHave File Server https://goo.gl/c4ms2h GeekMustHave GitHub https://goo.gl/RLPUob

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VIDEO TIP Cleaner desktop backdrop for Videos GMH 059

Video Tip Create a clean looking desktop for the background of your training videos. GMH-059. This “Video Tip” video shows how to quickly clean up the desktop wallpaper in order to have a clean surface to build your training videos on. There are a number of tools to help build the actual desktop wallpaper but, I use Powerpoint (because it’s what I know) and Techsmiths Snagit.

There are many other tools including some free ones that can help you create the desktop wallpaper creation. Keep it simple and use your logo or name displayed on the top-center of the wallpaper so it is readable but, doesn’t overwhelm the page.

Tools used:

PowerPoint https://products.office.com/en-us/powerpoint

TechSmith SnagIt https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html

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Data Driven Documents (D3), API Server (Cdata) Generate REST Server 80+ Data Sources.

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D3.js is a JavaScript library for producing dynamic, interactive data visualizations in Web browsers, using the widely implemented SVG, HTML5, and CSS standards. The CData API Server enables you to generate REST APIs for 80+ data sources, including both on-premises and cloud-based databases. This article walks through setting up the CData API Server to create a REST…

I have used D3 in concert with C3 to create a data visualization front end to a data warehouse.  D3 has a ton of features but is difficult to use out of the box for the novice user.  The C3 library puts a layer of smarts on top of D3 making it much easier to get started in graphic visualizations.  I’ve also used CData product to get an ODBC connection to Google sheets in order to analyze and transfer results from a Google form survey to a data warehouse.  CData products are very good just be willing to pay for that excellence.

This article is a good read because it combines the two to assemble a REST service and use it to provide the data feed to D3.

via Building Dynamic D3.js Web Apps With Database Data — DZone Web Dev Zone

FreeCommander XE and Powershell

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FreeCommandwe XE is a great replacement for the standard Windows Explorer.  It comes in standard installations and a portable version.  This can be configured to replace the Windows Explorer when you press (Windows)+E keys.   There is a DOS function under tools or keyboard shortcut (CtrL)-D that opens up a DOS Command Line.  There is also an option to have a small text box at the bottom to run DOSCMDS on the fly. Nice!  I have forced myself to use Powershell for the Windows command line.  How do I get FreeCommander to open Powershell instead of the DOS CMD line?

To start the DOS CMD in FreeCommander.

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The command line is the standard DOS command line with the title changed to FreeCommander

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Let’s change it to open Powershell instead.  Start by opening up the settings.

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Then open the settings to change the DOS configuration.

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Now it’s as simple as entering in the path to your Powershell command.  Yea, that’s not necessarily that simple.  The path name can vary from machine to machine and how PowerShell was installed.

On my Windows 10 system press the (Windows) key and start typing “powershell”.

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Now right-click on the Windows Powershell (Desktop app) to open up some options.  We want to know the path where Powershell is located.  I’m thinking the “Open file location” will work.

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This opens up a Windows Explorer window to where your Powershell is located.  To get the full path name you have to manually combine the File Name, then click on the directory to expand the path name, then paste them all together.  Still pretty much a pain in the ass.

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Let’s try a trick here.  Right-click on the “Windows PowerShell” command, then select the properties for this command.

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The “Target” is the path to the Powershell command.  Look, Windows even highlighted it for you.  If it didn’t, then highlight it manually.  Press (Ctrl)-C to copy it.

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Then paste (ctrl)-v the path it into the “DOS box command specifications” and press OK.

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Now when you click on (Tools)->(Dos) or press (Ctrl)-d, the wonderful, glorious PowerShell command line window opens up and you can CmdLet your way to heaven.

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Welcome to the New-Order.

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HTTP request and Node, so many solutions, so little time.

Making HTTP requests is a core functionality for modern languages and one of the first things many developers learn when acclimating to new environments. When it comes to Node.js there are a fair amount of solutions to this problem both built into the … more

If you’re using Node to develop applications or servers you will need to handle HTTP requests.  The standard Node HTTP library is good but there are some options including promises, Super Agent and Ajax to name a few.  While it’s not rocket science this article comes from the experiences with NASA.

via HTTP Requests in Node.js — JSFeeds