2014 Was A Great Season at Evergreen Drift!

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NWToyRun 2014: Thanks to David Kim and Caryl DelaRosa from Nice-Hunters!

I thought I’d write a quick little blurp about the 2014 season at Evergreen Drift! I had a great season in 2014! Although I did run into a few issues during GrassRoots competitions; I had a blast getting back behind the wheel and practicing this season! Prior to this season, I did take a 3 year break from drifting but I’m back and hope to compete more in 2015!

I’d really like to thank my partner in crime Kayla Whidden, Justin Nigro at Always Reckless, Nicolas Jacober @ NJacoberPhotography, Matt Nelson @ I-Nertia Media, Yerem Saribekian @ PantyHeist.com, Travis Stern @ BlatBlatPewPew, Kyle Robertson @ KRAFTED Photography, Nathan Shewchuk @ Villains Drift, Mark Walker @ EOPerformance.net and especially Lupe Zaragoza @ Evergreen Drift. Especially fun kicking it with new and old faces in the pits… Mat Risher, Roland Gallagher, Gleb Antonov, Nate Snyder, Brandon Coonce, Derek Von Ahn, André Escalante.

I can’t wait for the 2015 season, I have a few ideas brewing and hope to rekindle a few projects that have been sitting for a long time!

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Creating Real Estate Listing Systems With Google Drive!

In this Agent Development Series Podcast, Jim Nuth discusses how he’s digitalized his real estate listing systems, from storing local files/folders on his Mac to moving to cloud based solutions such as Evernote or Google Drive. Sticking with Evernote over the years, Nuth realized that there is limitations, which includes how many files each folder/stack could have and if you upgrade to a paid account there’s still a ceiling to hit.

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Jim Nuth decided to utilize resources that eXp Realty provides for agents and brokers, in this presentation he shows how his paperless listing systems works using Google Drive. If you’re an agent looking to comparing Evernote to Google Drive, this 45 minute presentation is perfect for you!

AT&T Galaxy S4 Prevent/Freeze OTA Updates

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Prevents NI4 to NJ4, the AT&T/Samsung OTA update keeps bugging me and I want to turn off the software update. If you are on a rooted AT&T Galaxy S4 and want to prevent the OTA update you can block the following apps with App Quarantine ROOT/FREEZE. Last time my OTA updated it went to NI4, broke Safestrap and Towelroot!

Block these in App Quarantine, tap the Settings icon and tap Filter, turn on Advanced and check Include system services. Block the following apps according to guut13 on XDA Forums.

  • AT&T Software update
  • wssyncmlnps
  • LocalFOTA

citation:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ramdroid.appquarantine&hl=en

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=56765224&postcount=36

http://netdungeon.com/stopping-att-android-software-updates/

photo curtious of etnyk on Flickr under Creative Commons!

AT&T Galaxy S4 Root & Stock ROM SafeStrap Tether

It seems to be a constant struggle with keeping my Samsung Galaxy S4 rooted with a custom boot loader… every OTA it seems they roll out a patch or overwrite customizations. I think there’s something to do with the boot loader being locked in a way we can’t put custom ROMS like CyanogenMod on? Not entirely sure…

Well, the only real thing I really want my rooted S4 to do is have WiFi and USB tethering… When I’m on the run, I absolutely love having my Nexus 7 or laptop handy in case of a sudden coffee shop has horrible WiFi…

First and foremost you will need to root your AT&T Galaxy S4, below is a link to how to.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s4-att/general/how-to-root-i337ucufni1-t2881298

Secondly, you will need to place Safestrap onto your phone and flash the custom tether files.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2787681

When I have time I will simplify/consolidate both the links as a mirror in case of emergency.

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Found a plugin that might be useful for people needing to block xml-rpc.php pingbacks. It disables to methods in the xmlrpc api that allow attackers to send pingback data to your WordPress site. I am currently seeing a flood of pingback spam, which is being written into wpdb. I really don’t care for pingbacks especially when this vulnerability is being used as a denial of service.

List of EvergreenDrift Drivers To Watch In 2014

Brainstorming some local drivers that frequent Evergreen Drift in 2014.

Cameron Moore
Johannes Bello
Tony Carreon
Brian Lockbaum
Ben Whyte
Tyler Grimsley
Andre Escalante
Aaron Leavitt
Joseph Lin
Travis Christiansen
Johnathan Raymer
Nathan Fetsch
Nick Schnell
Logan Noel
Mike Phillips
Rob Primo
Ian Fournier
Kyle Pollard
Jeff Woodruff
Dio Ortiz
Erich Hagen
Jesse Kincy
David Wheaton
Kory Keezer
Jeremy Richter
Peter Taylor
Galen Callahan

Screen Capture Recording Your Desktop With Open Broadcaster Software

In this article, we will briefly touch on how to setup Open Broadcaster Software, which allows you to record you desktop to mp4 format. This is useful for creating desktop tutorials or recording online webinars.

Install And Configure

1.) Download Open Broadcaster Software

Don’t forget to consider donating: https://obsproject.com/donate

2.) Run the installer.

3.) Run Open Broadcaster Software

4.) Configure your OBS by going to Settings -> Settings

5.) Under “Broadcast Settings” switch the Mode to “File Output Only” and click “Browse.” Navigate to a proper directory and name the file “video” click save.

6.) Be sure to remove “video.mp4″ at the end of the File Path and click “Apply”

File Path Example: C:UsersUsernameDocuments

7.) Left hand side, select “Video” and make sure your Resolution Downscale is set to the highest resolution. Click “Apply.”

8.) Left hand side, select “Audio” check that your Microphone is set to the appropriate mic. For instance, Logitech HeadsetClick “Apply.” and hit “OK”

9.) Setup your Sources by right clicking the blank column and going to Add -> Monitor Capture. Name and configure your monitor accordingly.

10.) Add any additional Scenes, Sources (Webcam, Text, Monitors) as needed. Use “Edit Scene” to move sources around the OBS canvas.

11.) Use the button “Preview Stream” to preview / interact with your OBS canvas.

12.) Click “Start Recording” to begin your desktop recording.

The File Output

All files should be placed into your “File Path” set in step 6 and named with a timestamp. You can use these mp4’s in video editing software such as Adobe Elements Premiere, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, iMovie, Final Cut Studio, etc. If you do it all in one take, you will not need video editing software and you can easily upload the mp4 file to Youtube or Vimeo. Enjoy!

TP-LINK TL-WN725N on BAMT 1.5

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I recently was asked to take a look at a Litecoin miner logs due to stability issues, I had no idea how deep this rabbit hole would go. After many struggles with Xubuntu and AMD drivers, I found BAMT. BAMT aka “Big Ass Miner Thing” is a fork of the original BAMT project that was aborted, picked up by Bee on litecointalk.org – I’ve since rebuilt a miner and built 2 personal litecoin mining rigs. If you are in Bellingham, Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, or Vancouver Lower Mainland and need technical assistance with Bitcoin / Litecoin miners, feel free to reach out. I do it for the Dogecoin!

Repository can be found here:
https://bitbucket.org/beebee/bamt/

Download BAMT from Bee’s maintained thread:
https://litecointalk.org/index.php?topic=2924.0

How To Get TP-LINK TL-WN725N on BAMT 1.5

I wanted to use a USB Wifi dongle on BAMT for my dogecoin mining rigs so that I can relocate them into my garage. I randomly ordered a cheap $9 Wifi USB dongle on Amazon and figured making the leap of faith would be fun. Here’s how I got it running on BAMT.

I referenced WikiDevi.com for the appropriate repository to clone. I had the v2 of this Nano USB.

https://wikidevi.com/wiki/TP-LINK_TL-WN725N_v2

The repository is in the sidebar, I laughed audibly when I figured out BAMT has git natively, thank you Bee or whoever put that there! If you’re version of BAMT doesn’t have git, in Root Terminal type: apt-get install git

If you’ve never compiled from source before, open up Root Terminal:

cd ~/
git clone https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8188eu.git
cd rtl8188eu
make
sudo make install

These steps may vary, make sure you’re using the correct repository. If you’re not using a TP-LINK Google around or look around WikiDevi.com for your hardware.

I got frustrated when passphrase didn’t save. Posted to /r/bamt – after a bit I made an edit:

http://www.reddit.com/r/BAMT/comments/1zlvjm/wireless_usb_doesnt_save_network_passphrase/

johnislarry wrote:
So I managed to find a solution to my problem. I don’t know if it will help anybody else, but maybe it will. I changed two things. The first was creating a file
/etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.pkla
and writing the following lines to it:

[nm-applet]
Identity=unix-group:network
Action=org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.*
ResultAny=yes
ResultInactive=no
ResultActive=yes

That can also be found here https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Ne … ermissions and it allows users in the group “network” to use nm-applet functionalities. The second > thing I changed was commenting out a “no-auto-default” line in /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf.
After these changes I am able to use nm-applet as a regular user for connecting to both secured and unsecured networks.

Also note: when saving the wifi passphrase check “Available for all users” before clicking Apply!

Got my TL-WN725N to work on Bee’s BAMT 1.5 and now I can relocate the box into the garage without running a 50 ft cat6 across the house. :) hope this helps.

Monokai For Google Chrome – Inspect Element

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I found an interesting repository that web developers might find useful. Monokai for the Chrome Developer Tools! Honestly, this makes the Inspect Element UI more readable for me. I often find myself staring at the source code for hours until my eyes bleed. Now if only I could remember how to style view-source…

Link to the repository:

https://github.com/bjmatt/monokai-theme-chromedevtools

An Adventure Towards LightSpeed!

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In the past, I have worked directly with the back end of Navision Point-of-Sale software, working with inventory, setting up customer sales, quotes, and billing. A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine approached me with an inquiry about point of sales systems on Mac OS X.

One of the most talked about point of sales applications in recent years has been LightSpeed Pro, along with their Cloud software, iPad app, and eCommerce integration (Magento baby!). I’ve taken on the project to help them setup their POS machine and import their suppliers price lists. In the future, I hope that having the knowledge of LightSpeed Pro will help me out. One of my dreams is to start a small online retail store and grow it to the point where I can open a store front. ^_^

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