Here are a list of places to buy a Google Chromecast right now.
BestBuy - Check your local BestBuy. This is where I found mine. They were not on the floor and the first person I asked thought that they weren't going to be available for a few more days. Another employee overheard and told me to go to the "solution center" to purchase one. Calling in to your local BestBuy may not work as the person who answers phone may not know if they are in or not. I just happened to stop on my way home and they happened to have them despite the BestBuy website not listing them as being available at the store via their stock check. If you luck out you might be able to score one for the retail price of $35.00
eBay - This is probably the next best option. While I have seen some go for over $100 earlier today they are starting to come down a bit but this may not be the case for long. Google's estimating 3-4 weeks to ship them out right now if you order through Play and Amazon isn't even accepting back orders if you want to buy through them and not pay a third party seller an inflated price.
Amazon - As mentioned above Amazon sold through their stock quickly and even stopped taking back orders earlier today. If you want to buy through Amazon you will wind up paying an inflated rate through a third party seller. ~$80 last I looked.
Google Play - 3-4 week lead time but $35.00
I have listed a second Chromecast I picked up at BestBuy here on eBay for a starting bid of $40:
I have been making cheat sheets lately in Google Docs and have found them to be quite handy when learning a new tool or documenting one I don't use very often. My next cheat sheet is for my favorite ubuntu firewall package: Uncomplicated FireWall aka UFW.
As MAMP is running PHP 5.4.10 I tried unzipping the official 5.4.10 release so the paths matched the not found paths in my reddit post from yesterday. While that got me a bit further I hit another stumbling block.
Jareds-MacBook-Air:bin root# ./pecl install mongo downloading mongo-1.3.7.tgz ... Starting to download mongo-1.3.7.tgz (126,064 bytes) ............................done: 126,064 bytes 49 source files, building WARNING: php_bin /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.4.10/bin/php appears to have a suffix /php5.4.10/bin/php, but config variable php_suffix does not match running: phpize Configuring for: PHP Api Version: 20100412 Zend Module Api No: 20100525 Zend Extension Api No: 220100525 Cannot find autoconf. Please check your autoconf installation and the $PHP_AUTOCONF environment variable. Then, rerun this script. ERROR: `phpize' failed
Looks like I need autoconf.
So to get autoconf it looks like people are using the brew package manager. To get brew to work properly you need to get the xcode command line tools. How do you get that? You get xcode. Yeesh.
Jareds-MacBook-Air:bin jared$ brew doctor Your system is ready to brew. Jareds-MacBook-Air:bin jared$ brew install autoconf ==> Downloading http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/autoconf/autoconf-2.69.tar.gz ######################################################################## 100.0% ==> ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/Cellar/autoconf/2.69 ==> make install 🍺 /usr/local/Cellar/autoconf/2.69: 69 files, 2.0M, built in 8 seconds
Hopefully the mongo driver will build now. Hold onto your butts.....
Well, it got a whole lot futher this time.... then died here:
In file included from /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.4.10/include/php/main/php.h:34: /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.4.10/include/php/Zend/zend.h:51:11: fatal error: 'zend_config.h' file not found # include <zend_config.h> ^ 1 error generated. make: *** [php_mongo.lo] Error 1 ERROR: `make' failed
Hopefully I'm getting close. After more digging it looks like I first need to configure the source code I downloaded earlier
Alright.. Saved. Restarting MAMP... Time to check phpinfo()... looks good! If someone would like me to clean this up into something more readable drop me a comment and I will create a new post with just the instructions.
I recently upgraded 2 linodes to the new Linode nextgen plans which involved migrating them to new servers for increased RAM, CPU, disk space & bandwidth. After the merge one system had an issue backing up the swap partition. I tend to leave the #linode IRC channel so as soon as I saw the email notifying me of a backup error I asked in chat if anyone had a similar issue. Immediately I had a Linode employee PM me and offer their assistance. Here is the instructions we ran (lines starting with // are comments):
// This command lists your swaps and it came up blank
I was doing some maintenance on my crouton modded acer chromebook and was wondering how to "su -" to simplify some of the steps. I didn't know the root password to put in but then I thought why not just sudo -i. done.
I'm sure this is far from elegant or the proper way to do this but if you need to do a bunch of tasks as root this seems like a quick & dirty way to do it.
I recently used my SanDisk Cruzer USB flash drive as a rescue disk for my Chromebook while I was playing around in developer mode with crouton and ChrUbuntu in the event something went horribly wrong. Fortunately all went well and I wound up not needing to use it; however, today I went to throw some files on it and thought a simple reformat would do the trick.
Well if you're reading this article chances are you've realized that this it's not this easy. When I plugged it in windows asked me to format before I went in to do the format myself. Kudos Microsoft....wait what's this 2 megabyte partition size? I canceled the format and went into the windows disk manager and saw around a dozen or so volumes of random size. Well shit, I guess I'll just delete all these volumes then make a new volume and be done. Well on about the 3rd volume I tried to erase I noticed there was no delete volume option. Argh...
Well time to delve into the console and fire up good ol' fdisk and try to kill off this stuff the old fashioned way. Then to my surprise I found that fdisk doesn't exist anymore. Surprisingly this was discontinued back around the XP era so apparently I haven't needed to fire up fdisk in quite some years. Anyway, the replacement utility is called diskpart and was fine. Enter diskpart...
Once you have started diskpart run a list disk command and find your USB drive. DISKPART> list disk Disk ### Status Size Free --------------------------------- Disk 0 Online 596GB 0B Disk 1 Online 7644MB 7543MB
My flash drive is 8GB so the 7644MB "Disk 1" is clearly it.
DISKPART> select disk 1 It is critical you select your USB flash drive. If you don't know which drive to select ask your local geek to help you out. Once the disk has been selected run "detail disk" to verify you have the correct disk selected. You should see something like this:
Again, verify this is the correct disk or seek help from a geek friend!!! Once you have verified that you have selected the correct drive you can destroy all sectors on the disk using the diskpart's secure erase command "clean all" This will destroy ALL data on the disk and make it completely unrecoverable. This process will take some time to complete. My 8gb flash drive took ~15 minutes. DISKPART> clean all Once this completes you can go into the normal windows disk management tool and create a new volume using your freshly emptied flash drive.
I've been practicing console git recently. I've been making a cheat sheet along the way of commonly used commands. You can see the current copy by clicking the link above. If you are just learning git the creators of github have a great intro video that covers getting up and running with git available here: