Hello Mervin Manufacturing!

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The other day I hanging out at the Google Fremont campus, enjoying a lively #WordPress presentation by Kimberly Gauthier (KeepTheTailWagging.com) and happened to run across the Mervin Manufacturing Head Quarters! Their glowing florescent green logo caught my eyes! I spent 3 good seasons up at Mt Baker and Glacier WA during our epic La Nina season. Unfortunately, this season I haven’t spent much time up in the cascades due to the slushy rain. :(

I wanted to share this photo on here because I absolutely miss shredding Baker pow!

301 Redirect Subdomain Forwarding On AWS Route 53

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Recently I decided to ditch registrar DNS Managers like GoDaddy’s in favor of Amazon’s Route53. I really like their console and the DNS is snappy and responsive, not to mention the handy features when creating and pointing to Load Balancers for your TLD. However, one draw back of Route 53 is the lack of subdomain forwarding. Below is a quick solution.

All you will need is an Amazon S3 bucket, the static website end-point, and a Route 53 CNAME.

1.) Create an S3 Bucket: Name the bucket ie: subdomaintoForward.mydomain.com. It has to be the exact subdomain you wish to forward otherwise Route 53 won’t resolve. Choose the region and create!

create-a-bucket

2.) Enable S3 Website Hosting: Open your new bucket and click the “Properties” tab. Open up “Static Website Hosting” than select “Enable website hosting” and make the “Index document” simply index.html. After that, click “Edit Redirection Rules” to open up a text box.

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Paste in the XML below:

This breaks down a regular URL that you want it to forward too. In this example, I want subdomaintoForward.mydomain.com to 301 redirect to http://domaintoforwardto.com/anything/after/thedomain/index5.html – compare this URL to the XML above, you should be able to figure out the syntax.

Click Save!

3.) Create A CNAME in Route 53: Make note of the “Static Website Hosting” End-point, copy that, then open up Amazon Route 53. Select your Hosted Zone and click “Go to Record Sets”. Click “Create Record Set” and configure your Record. In this example, domaintoForward is the subdomain, use CNAEM, and paste in the Static Web Hosting End-point into Value. Create the record.

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How to Replace Galaxy Note 4 Screen – by Zedomax!

Over the past year or so I’ve become a fan of @Zedomax on Twitter. He caught my attention with his open frame bitcoin miner design. About a year and a half ago I got into mining Litecoin, Dogecoin, and using exchanges to play a bit of the Bitcoin game. I soon discovered how resourceful Zedomax’s channels and websites are, and wondered why I never seen these show up on Google SERPS. Let’s not get into SEO!

Max recommends getting the LCD screen with assembly, which makes replacing the LCD screen less complex and is only about $20 more. All you have to do is swap over the motherboard, camera, and back frame.

This video is a bit inspiring, it’s been a while since I’ve rooted, flashed, and help fix broken Android phones. Perhaps I’ll have to provide my services to local friends when I have downtime. :]

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!