UPDATE : As of last week UBER Twitter Stats are offline. The account used for replying to requests was tagged as spam and blocked. I don’t plan on moving to a new account. Instead I am going to work on a replacement which should rock even more. Continuing my pursuit of the Manic Innovation Challenge I am proud to release my newest *dumb* idea: UBER Twitter Stats! NEW UPDATE – Based on some tips (thanks: Brian Katz @bmkatz) some of the details haved changed below to make UBER Twitter Stats work a little easier. The same old command style still works. But the newer one is much easier. Written in 100% Ruby and running in the cloud, UBER Twitter allows you to ask me (technically my cloud-like proxy @myubertwit) for interesting recent stats about your Twitter account. It is really quite simple. Send a tweet to my app account (@myubertwit) with the text: “<command>”. With the command being one of the following: My Word Count – Will reply with the top 20 words you used recently. This automatically strips out very common words. Shortcut: ‘mwc’ Mention Word Count – This will reply with the same as the above but for tweets that mention or are to you. Shortct: ‘mmwc’ Who I Mention – This will list the top 20 people you talk to or mention in your recent tweets. Shortcut: ‘wim’ Who Mentions Me – This will reply back with the top 20 people who have mentioned you the most lately. [...]
From the beginning I knew some UBERAlign users would want to go into power user mode. The UBERAlign Console was designed to allow for easy use for the average Joe. But, there are people out there with the desire, guts, and ability to script and automate that want more. So this post will inform you on two other options for UBERAlign. 1. The CLI Each vAligner is a Ubuntu Linux VM. On the VM is a set of binary files that do all work. One is a startup file for initializing, one is a daemon for accepting new jobs via the REST API, and the final is the actual magic behind the scenes. From the beginning UBERAlign was designed to be run from the command line. In fact back months ago the vSpecialist actually got a copy of this to try out and help me test. So for those that do not want to use the Console here are some reasons and instructions on how to run alignment, reclaim, and alignment+reclaim jobs manually. Some of the reasons you may want to do this: Hate MS Windows – Since the console is a .Net WPF app some Mac users (@mcowger) have already asked how to skip using a Windows VM. VM size is too big – If the VM is more than 50% of the size of the datastore then a snapshot of it can potentially cause an out of space issue if it grows to full size (which and align [...]
More to come on this, but I am working more hands-on lately in my role as a vSpecialist. As part of this I am going to make an effort to post every *shortcut* I come up with along the way. And I love shortcuts… So here is another PowerShell trick. As many of you have experienced. If you have a local SQL server installation (express or not) of vCenter you will sometimes have vCenter not start correctly on boot. This is do to a race condition between the SQL Server services and vCenter. If SQL doesn’t beat vCenter then vCenter will not start. The correct way to fix this is to setup the Dependencies with the vCenter VPXD service to wait till SQL has done its business first. There are actually several good articles out there on how to do this manually. I don’t like to anything manually, so here is a PowerShell script to auto-detect and configure vCenter startup for local SQL installs. It is setup to work with SQL server or SQL server express. I think I got all bases covered but you can easily customize as you like (or use on other services).
I love Dropbox. I mean really. I use it for sharing among my team, my family, and as a direct code working area. I can open up Visual Studio on one laptop, move to another, and go back to my workstation without even thinking about syncing or anything. I am a paying customer and feel like I get every dime in increased productivity. But, one side effect of using Dropbox is that it is sometimes blocked by internal IT Departments because of it’s File-Sharing profile. I am not going to argue against this, even though DLP is a better way to go in my opinion. If only there was a way to be able to access your Dropbox while obeying company policy of keeping it off your corporate networks…
Every time I release a tool or write a blog post there is a voice in the back of my head saying, “Dude, no one is going to like this”. I think this is the first time that voice never said a word. From the beginning it was more of a question of how to make this work the way I wanted. And when I started to be able to play with it myself, I was blown away with how lucky I got in the final product.