Category Archives: public service announcement

How to register a Kindle DX in 2018

I recently repaired a Kindle DX for a friend. As part of that, I reset it to factory defaults. When I went to register it so it would connect to his Amazon Account, I received the following error: Your Kindle … Continue reading

Using a Dell DRAC5 with a modern browser and OS

The DRAC5 is a remote access card, letting you control a server such as the PowerEdge 300. With it, you can simulate physical access to the machine, viewing the screen on boot, entering commands and cycling power. Unfortunately, Dell has … Continue reading

HOWTO register for a Verizon online account for your business land line

TLDR: Be sure to enter only the first 13 digits of your 16-digit account number. Use hyphens when entering the phone number. I recently had to register for a verizon.com account for the Verizon account for our landline. This process … Continue reading

Fixing git-svn on OS X El Capitan

When you install a new version of Mac OS X, git svn breaks. This happened with Mountain Lion and Mavericks, it happened with Yosemite. It happens again with El Capitan. Unfortunately, the old solutions no longer work due to El … Continue reading

HOWTO make readline and history work with irb and rails console on OS X Yosemite

Here’s how to make readline (including control-R reverse search) and command history work with both irb and the Rails console with rbenv and OS X Yosemite (10.10.4). You need to install Readline first, as OS X ships with libedit instead. … Continue reading

fixing dlopen “no suitable image found” errors with node, sass and grunt

I ran in to this error today: $ grunt css Loading “sass.js” tasks…ERROR >> Error: dlopen(/path/to/project/node_modules/grunt-sass/node_modules/node-sass/vendor/darwin-x64-node-0.12/binding.node, 1): no suitable image found. Did find: >> /path/to/project/node_modules/grunt-sass/node_modules/node-sass/vendor/darwin-x64-node-0.12/binding.node: truncated mach-o error: segment __LINKEDIT extends to 1765408 which is past end of file 1765309 … Continue reading

Making Flickr badges work with https

Following Eric’s instructions, I switched paulschreiber.com to https. I then had to get rid of the pesky mixed-content warnings. Most were pretty straightforward — I had a few JavaScript files and images that used absolute URLs and HTTP; I switched … Continue reading

How to take your bike on Amtrak

After biking to DC, I needed a way to get my bike back to New York. There were a few options: Ship it (FedEx Ground would be best) Take it with me on a bus Take it with me on … Continue reading

The case against MBAs

Have friends who wants to go to business school? Please save their souls (and their livers): An infographic detailing the cost of an MBA. The Economist: Think twice The return on investment on an MBA has gone the way of … Continue reading

iMessage and T-Mobile Monthly4G prepaid

I have a factory unlocked iPhone 4. It was running iOS 5.0.1 and has a T-Mobile SIM in it. Voice, text, data and MMS all work as expected. This morning, I was unable to activate iMessage. Several times, it got … Continue reading