On the Other Side

About a year ago, Posterous was acquired by Twitter. A month ago, it was announced that it will be completely shut down by April 30th. I’ll spare you my rant about how the awesome customer service that characterized Posterous pre-acquisition completely disappeared after the acquisition :)

On a more practical note, Posterous’ closing meant finding a new place to host my blogs. There are many options (you can find many of them described in the posthaven.com migration guide), but I decided to go the DIY way and move my blogs to Octopress, hosted on GitHub Pages.

I’ll post shortly a guide on how I did the migration, but for now I just want to post a first “Welcome” message here. If you are reading this message, you are in the correct place, whether it’s the website or the RSS feed (I updated my FeedBurner feed to point to the new site, so if you are subscribed to it, you shouldn’t have to do anything). All the old contents has been migrated, and links to my blog posts should work unchanged.

There are still a few rough edges (some pages are still in the old site theme), I’m still working on the migration of some parts of the site. Please let me know if you find anything broken.

HowTo: Changing the Available Display Formats for Evernote’s “Insert Date” Command

Evernote introduced some time ago an “Insert Date” keyboard shortcut, which is very handy. However, the options for the format of the inserted date seemed limited (only four options). I finally learned how this works, and how to change it on the Mac. The formats offered are those that are configured in the “Languages & Text” preferences panel. If you go to “Region” and then click the “Customize button” in the Dates part of the panel, you will see and be able to customize the formats for short, medium, long and full date representations. Those are the options that are offered to you by Evernote. Just change them to whatever you want, and they will be available for selection. What I specifically wanted to do was to use the YYYY-MM-DD format, so I changed it to the following:


I had to restart Evernote for it to recognize the change, but afterward the new formats were available.

Tip of the hat to Martin Maiers in the Evernote forums, who explained this technique: http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/29812-insert-date-formats-please-add-iso-8601/#entry160872

Letters of Note: Regarding Your Dam Complaint

I would like to challenge you to attempt to emulate their dam project any dam time and/or any dam place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no dam way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

Amazing letter - read the whole thing, it’s incredibly funny.

When a Dragon Mated the Space Station /ht @BadAstronomer

At 16:02 UTC, Friday, May 25, 2012, the SpaceX Dragon officially became the first privately-owned commercial spacecraft to be captured by and berthed at the International Space Station. It is (if I’ve done the math correctly) the 114th spacecraft to dock with ISS, including the missions sent up to build the station. It is the first privately-owned commercial spacecraft in history to do so.


CFEngine Talks at PICC’12 Conference

There will be several CFEngine-related classes and talks at the PICC’12 conference (Professional IT Community Conference) on May 11-12th, in New Jersey. I will be talking about using CFEngine as part of your security infrastructure. My colleague Joe Netzel will be talking about migration from CFEngine 2 to CFEngine 3, so if you are using CF2 and have been considering (or dreading) the migration, make sure to come by! Aleksey Tsalolikhin will give an introductory class to CFEngine. And Mark Burgess will give a class not related to CFEngine, but to the perils and skills needed to survive as a technical person in the “business world”.

If you are coming to the conference, we look forward to seeing you there!