It's great that the Postgres people are trying to make improvements to the administration tools they provide. And PG Admin 3 definitely has a lot of shortcomings, mostly related to freezing/crashing. But the 4 separation they have done is cripplingly slow to navigate. One would think that an HTML based UI would be much better, because of how much easier it is to work on compared to something like C++. If I could direct the development path of PGAdmin, I would push it towards creating a layer of separations between the data logic and the view logic. Instead of compiling the view logic into the dll, the PGAdmin could be a dedicated web server to handle all the data/security that is needed for the admin, and allow anyone to branch and modify the display system. The PHPMyAdmin project shows that an open source web UI can be very nice for managing a db server. The open source community has done a good job spending years developing that project. So imagine if they split that project into 2... read more
By: Gareth
It's funny how so many people think that their taste in music is locked in time and is the best there ever was or ever will be. Unfortunately this isn't restricted to teenagers. The world obsesses with whatever is visible to them. I'm looking through my archive of music now.. and came across a 6 cd set called "Super Dance Hits of the 90's". And trust me, all those songs that were pretty prevalent in that time have failed the test of time. Even reading their names is making me laugh because of how terrible this all sounds now. Not to mention how many of them sound almost exactly the same. The music world is just like any other corporation based industry. You hear what the decision makers think they can get you to pay to listen to. Being creative or good or original is an irrelevant aspect. The fact that generations of people abandon previous generations of music are a huge indication of music being more of a social driven thing than a taste driven choice. And why does every band see... read more
By: Gareth
So... in Puerto Rico... in this tiny little awesome river, is a water slide that was carved naturally into the rocks over who knows how many thousands of years. It is super slippery and VERY awesome. So on one of my trips down it, I popped my GoPro on my head and did a forward flip right when I went off the end. Unfortunately the splash into the water knocked the camera off of my head and sent it falling down into the dark waters. Normally I have my diving gear with me, but I left all that stuff at the resort that day. So I ended up diving off a boulder on the other side of the water for about 10 minutes until I finally was able to find the right blurry black blob that was my camera strap, as opposed to the other rocks I grabbed on the previous dives. Lucky for me, cliff diving is one of my favorite things to do... perfect excuse :)
By: Gareth
I got to feed a rhino from my hand! I have the feeding part replay in super slow motion at the end, which is AWESOME! haha
They have this crazy weird upper lip that grabs at their food, and her face was covered in wet grain, so it felt all icky. hahah so fun!
By: Gareth
I went to the Martyr Memorial in Taiwan which commemorates their independence war in 1910. It features the names of the civilians and military personal who lost their lives in the war. As I walked up, there were a few hundred tourists standing in a perfect row down a long open entrance walkway on the front area of the grounds. I assumed they were standing against a roped off area, but when I reached them, it turned out they just had been held at bay by a few security personnel. The memorial had not comedy opened yet, and so the people are expected to remain outside of a certain area until after the morning opening ceremony. This is essentially the same thing that happens in the Vatican's St Peter's Basilica, combined with the changing of the guard at the London Palace. A multi language repeated announcement came over the int... read more
By: Gareth
So far my flight departure had been delayed an hour. How many times am I going to open up apps on my phone that require internet, while I'm somewhere I know has no internet? At least I can charge my batteries... Strapped in I'm not tired, so I've started doing stupid little tinkering with things. First I moved my scuba watch to my ankle. Because it has been on my wrist constantly for about three weeks, and is getting a little bothersome while sitting here on the plane. Then I hung my Velcro lanyard on the emergency exit door handle. I usually have my phone attached to it, but it doesn't really make sense to do that right now.Hanging around in a plane I should add Velcro to my external battery packs... that would come in handy on occasio... read more
By: Gareth
Computer Password SecurityUnless the site you have a password on is still stupid enough to store an unencrypted version of your password, or have the very old security of only caring about the first 8 characters... what matters in password security is length of the password and how un-guessable it is. So here is a little tip to you all in order to give you more secure passwords that are also easier to remember. Pick a 3+ word phrase that you remember for whatever reason, but not one you use in life RubberBabyBuggyBumperschoose a pattern to capitilize those words against FirstLettersEcondlEtterthIrdleTteretc... pick some numbers to mix in 1Rubber2Baby3Buggy4Bumpers5Maybe even go crazy and add some puncuation Rubber.Baby.Buggy.Bumpers.1999remember it write them in the password input donít waste your time with stupid nonsense randomness ... read more
By: Gareth
Walk a remote glacier alone? Sure! Scale a slimy waterfall without ropes? No problem! Hang by my toes over a 2000 foot cliff for a photo? Of course! Climb a seven story construction crane in the middle of the night without lights or safety harness ? I'm on it! Walk down some stairs in the rain in front of a fancy hotel in Australia and not fall on my back then slide twenty steps? Sorry, no can do. At least it carved two patches of sunburned skin off my back. ;)
By: Gareth