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From Ben Jonson’s Commonplace Book

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Alan Ivey's picture

OS X 10.10 Yosemite Local Development Environment: Apache, PHP, and MySQL with Homebrew

OS X 10.10 Yosemite comes with Apache and PHP pre-installed, but it's not in a great configuration, requires root to make lots of changes, and can introduce issues with file ownership and permissions.


Sound, Excitement, Time to Do Something

Hi, everyone. I'm Chris, and I'm likely going to be talking about whatever I'm psyched about at the moment. It's going to be all over the map.

Today's topic: music. Specifically, interesting music tools I've seen pop up around the internets in the past few years.


Ditto Devices (or, When Facebook Killed Twitter)

The blessing and the curse of all the cool social tools online these days is that there are so many of them. If I want to upload pictures, I have hundreds of options, but different sites serve different needs.


Unix trick of the week: cron + time + swap stdin/stderr + logger

This week I was trying to get some timing data from a process that was being run out of cron. Being lazy, and not wanting to rewrite the process itself, I decided to try getting the elapsed time directly from the cron entry.

The original cron entry was:


Flickr? Ruby Hardly Knows 'Er

To borrow a phrase from the execrable band Linkin Park, I'm breaking the habit... tonight! Or I was planning to, anyway. The habit in question? Perl.


Can Video Make You a Blog "Star"?

Well, I don't' know if it can make you a "star." But it's getting easier, and a lot more fun, to create, remix, and experiment with video online.


The Long Walk Home

Over the past month, I have walked 35 miles in over 710 minutes, taken 71,000 steps, burned 3,550 calories and reduced CO2 emissions from car use by 29 pounds. For those of you who are concerned I've become a math nerd all of a sudden, never fear.


Introducing EchoDitto Labs

It's true: we already have a perfectly good blog. In fact, you're reading it right now.


Celebrating My Non-Electrocution

I've been intermittently messing around with electronics for a few years now, slowly amassing parts and knowledge. In college I was always jealous of my engineer roommates' ability to build cool things — sure, I could give them a run for their money at any computerized skill.


Michael Silberman's picture

Earth Day for every flight. (Share this with your out-of-town consultants!)

My last greenish post here was almost a year ago, where I outlined a few of things we did to lessen EchoDitto's environmental footprint as we moved into our own new digs.


Justin Pinder's picture

HOWTO: Create a tri-screen lobby LCD display for under $1K

When you arrive at EchoDitto's international headquarters in Washington, DC, you'll immediately be struck by our wall-mounted LCD display, proudly beaming its dazzling multimedia content in all its 2400x600 @ 16-bit glory.

I see you like to read printed material. You should check out Nicco's book The End of Big: