Good Cup Design vs Bad Cup Design

These two pics were taken over the past year and involved me enjoying a delicious cup of coffee. I decided to post them here to show the difference between good design and bad design. Bad Design The first cup, the illy cup contained a delicious cup of coffee had at a crepe shop in Kailua, …

Increase EBS Boot Volume of AMI Like Bitnami Stack on Amazon EC2

In my first tutorial on this subject I explained how easy it is to transfer you WordPress site to Amazon EC2 using Bitnami. However, there is one slight drawback if you want to go the do it yourself route. All of the Bitnami AMIs that use EBS (Elastic Block Store) are 10GB in size. What …

Get phpMyAdmin Access to EC2 Bitnami WordPress Stack

Previously I described transferring wordpress to Amazon EC2 with bitnami. However one thing I didn’t mention was accessing phpmyadmin to your bitnami stack. With bitnami on EC2 phpmyadmin is setup to run if you were local to your instance.  But you’re not, your where you are, and your instance is in the cloud, where you’re …

Add Youtube, Vimeo Videos and Thumbnails to WordPress

This tutorial is how I add YouTube and Vimeo videos to single posts in wordpress and how I automatically pull in their associated thumbnail preview images into my archive pages for cool video archives. As you probably know if you’re reading this, adding youtube and vimeo files to your wordpress website via the embed or …

How to Transfer WordPress to Amazon Web Services EC2 via Bitnami

I’ve been dealing with Mediatemple DV for a while and managing my own server that I thought it was about time I transfer my wordpress site(s) over to Amazon Web Services and EC2. This task can really be as tough and as easy as you need it to be. And, Although I don’t mind a …

Why am I Not Sold More Stuff on Planes?

This past year I have flown a lot, I mean a lot. Over 115,000 payed miles one United alone, 3 free flights on United, and a couple random flights on Northwest and Hawaiian. All in all about 150,000 miles spent in the air. And the year isn’t over yet! During that year in the air …

Book Review: Rainbow’s End, The Crash of 1929

Many reporters, economists, and wanna be economists are comparing the recent stock market crash to the famous crash of 1929. The crash that marked the start of the Great Depression. The crash that changed America. But is it really the same? Knowing little about the 1929 crash I haven’t really been able to make the …

Managing Multiple Writers with Role Manager

From time to time I’ve discussed on this blog managing multiple writers for my blog network, Blogtown Press. Mainly I’ve dealt with the odds and ends of finding, organizing, and paying bloggers to writer on one or many of my various blogs. Those articles are helpful but they haven’t really given tips on helping with …

Obama to Fireside on YouTube

Once again Barack Obama is showing signs of change. This one I can definitely get on board with. Fireside chats, something that every president does once a week since FDR, and have since been put on the radio, has said that he will put his firesides on YouTube. What a great idea! Informing and leading …

W-41, The New Barcode for Your Body

I’m always a fan when a company comes out with a new idea rather than creating a commodity out of a design that’s already out there. Or maybe that’s what these guys are doing? Either way, I stumbled across this new company in a small article in wired magazine that combined t-shirts, social networking and …