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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Well, today was my turn to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  This morning I was tagged by both Adam Cogan and Scott Guthrie.  Tempting as it is though, I’m not doing it twice   I don’t know if it’s typical, but Adam challenged me to complete the task within 24 hours.  I spent today thinking about how I would get home early enough, how I would orchestrate it and where I would get the ice. I decided to do it on the farm (notice the cows behind me) and to have my kids help me.  When I
first told them that I needed their help, they moaned in exasperation at having to “help dad again”.  When I told them, they would be pouring ice cold water on me while filming it, they jumped up and down screaming with excitement. I gave them instructions ahead of time on what to do.  Apparently I wasn’t clear enough.  You’ll notice that my daughter poured the water on me very gradually.  I was hoping for an instantaneous drenching but instead I got a slow motion frostbite.  It seemed like it lasted 10 minutes I’ve now named James Philips,...(Read whole news on source site)

Yet Another Podcast #130–Intense Xamarin

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We have James Montemagno and Jeremie Laval of Xamarin in a very intense discussion of Xamarin and iOS and Android.  Jeremie’s Web Site Jeremie’s Blog @jeremie_laval James’ Blog James’ GitHub James’ Twitter Xamarin Evolve 2014 Listen | Yet Another Podcast … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

Add swap space to Azure Ubuntu IaaS VM

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By default Azure doesn't add swap space to it's Linux Virtual Machines. I don't know why but luckily it's easy to turn it on.

Follow these steps to enable swap:

edit the file /etc/waagent.conf

Toggle the option ResourceDisk.Format from 'n' to 'y'
Toggle the option ResourceDisk.EnableSwap from 'n' to 'y'
Add the swapspace size to the option ResourceDisk.SwapSizeMB. In my case 1000 for 1000MB.

# Format if unformatted. If 'n', resource disk will not be mounted.

# File system on the resource disk
# Typically ext3 or ext4. FreeBSD images should use 'ufs2' here.

# Mount
point for the resource disk

# Create and use swapfile on resource disk.

# Size of the swapfile.

Also edit the file /etc/fstab and remove the line:

/dev/sdb1 /mnt auto defaults,nobootwait,comment=cloudconfig 0 2

Now after a reboot the waagent starts creating a swap file and after a while it is enabled:

swapon -s
Filename Type Size Used Priority
/mnt/swapfile                           file 1023996 0 -1

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Thinking No Computers

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The other day I happened to see a curious exchange in one of our businesses. The cashier swapped a torn, but carefully restored by taping it together again, Euro bill for a new one with the manager. Inquisitive, I asked the manager what he was planning to do with that Euro bill. "Once a month, I take all those ripped up or badly worn bills to the National Bank, and trade them for new ones. All you need is one piece of the bank note for them to give you a newly printed one."

While he started
taking care of some other paper work, my mind started racing towards how the National Bank made this system work. I had noticed before that bank notes have an identifier on each side. I figured the National Bank probably stores the identifier of each note they trade, so people don't go ripping up bank notes with the intent of trading them twice. That seems easy enough, no?

Once the manager finished up his paperwork, I wanted to confirm my idea and asked if he knew how that system worked. How do they avoid people cheating? "It's...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Runtime Apps How to #12 – How to Add a Application Bar in Windows Phone 8.1 App ?

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If you are looking for a way to add Application Bar in your Windows Phone 8.1 App (Windows Runtime App) , you can use the BottomAppBar to add App Bar. Add the Command Bar under the BottomAppBar and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]