I grew up in a small town in western New Hampshire, with just a blinking stop light, one store, and not even a school within its borders. Growing up, all I really knew was the small circle of towns that surrounded where I lived. It was a simple life, no excitement, and no chance of progress. Everyone I knew wanted to leave this town.
Then I laid my eyes on the Internet when my father went back to college in the early 90s. Combined with my mother bringing a Mac LC II home thanks to being one of the early PC Connection employees. It completely opened a new world and brought me on a long journey that resulted in me working for one of the most critical Internet infrastructure companies in the world. This has made me who I am today.
My family eventually moved away from the town I grew up in, just down the road to the town I went to high school in. A town that has deep family roots for over a hundred years. A town that just seems perfect and fitting of small town New England, with a perfect lake, a mountain that watches over you, and history around every corner. A town where my family and friends are always there for me.
Whenever I visit my hometown of Sunapee, life slows down and I am reminded that someday, I will live here again.
For the past couple of years, I have used a great little app called DTerm that allowed me to pop up a special, one time use terminal window on my screen immediately. It was perfect for running whois and dig queries for my day job. Quick query, see the results, and move on.
With OS X Mavericks, DTerm doesn’t seem to be updated and will annoyingly show its configuration window upon starting up every time. Additional, it’s Mac App Store version appears to have been pulled from the App Store. The odds of an update suddenly don’t look promising.
That said, thanks to the knowledgable folks at Stack Overview, there is a way to assign a keyboard shortcut and launch the built-in Terminal app.
- Create an automator action to Launch an Application and select Terminal.
- Save the automator action (I named it ‘Launch Terminal’)
- Go into System Preferences, Keyboard section, and click the Shortcuts tab.
- Find the ‘Launch Terminal’ item under the Services list and click the add shortcut button to the right of it.
- I used the shortcut Command-Control-T.
Now in any app, I can just hold the Command-Control-T keys and a new terminal window appears, ready to accept input.
Back in 2008, I was ecstatic to finally pay off our last remaining car loan. No more car loans I claimed! Then by mid 2009 my wife’s car died and by fall 2010 my car needed more in repairs than it was worth. What to do? We both bought new cars.
Why did we buy new cars? Because of excellent interest rates, great warranties (my Hyundai Elantra came with a 10 year, 100k mile warranty), a tank of a car in our Subaru Legacy that could climb mountains in the winter, and very low mileage that we put on our cars daily due to our short commutes. The idea was piece of mind, knowing that these cars would need very little in the way of repairs for years and that we could pay them off relatively quickly.
I’m proud to say I scheduled the last car payment for my Hyundai Elantra and it’ll be officially paid off next week, one year early. However I’m not immediately going to tackle our Subaru Legacy car loan. Why? Because I want to desperately kill off one of my student loans (the only one with a variable interest rate, abet at a low 3.25% at the moment) that is owned by Sallie Mae. Even better news, it has about seven debt snowball size payments away from being closed out as well and interest wise, I definitely would save more interesting paying off the student loan first.
I am beyond excited at the possibility in one year to take out one of our car loans and one of my most hated student loans. Keep the debt snowball rolling!
I am spending my evening tonight getting my unread count on Google Reader to zero, cleaning up my RSS subscription list, and finding what RSS reader I’m moving to. So far the winner appears to be Feed Wrangler. It seems to be getting solid reviews, it costs what I think is a reasonable amount given how much I read RSS feeds, and has great sync options.
My syncing trio that I will be experimenting with is:
And yes, I’ve backed up my OPML file.
Today I head into Boston to depart on a business trip to San Francisco, I can’t help but wish I could spend even a few hours walking around my favorite city on Earth and marvel at what someone attempted to take away from us.
There is just something about Boston that pulls on every New England’ers string, a melting pot of so many different cultures meshed together with what makes America great: a steadfast resolution to never give up, even when the going gets tough and the odds are stacked against you.