Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Helping hands for Vets

There are several different ways that people go out and help their local community, people in their state/country/world.  I am saddened by -  http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-investigations/2016/10/04/inspector-general-rips-phoenix-va-hospital-again/91554300/.

And, then I saw - http://www.operationwelcomehomeaz.com.  This organization wants to build a memorial wall and then an area for families to meet.  But, is there something else that can be done? 

Imagine if you will...

A Vet wants a ride to go to somewhere.  How do they reach out to someone for help?  An 'UBER for Vets' concept. 

So, can we build an UBER for vets where the Vet has a trusted network and the drivers are trusted by this vet or by the Operation Welcome Home folks?  Wouldn't it be great to have an app that facilitates
 the above?

Want to help build that?  I am starting slowly but looking for help.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Digital Everywhere

The mobile apps got here 3-4 years ago when I benefited from a better app from the airlines and hotels.  But, what about becoming digital?

We see it now with mobile checkin, mobile wallets and MFS (http://www.millicom.com/what-we-do/mobile-financial-services/).  And, of course, the Apple and AT&T experience where the clunky POS is long gone.  Yes, Apple Pay has now made payments digital.

The next frontier is the Connected Car, Digital Home and IoT (though aren't the first two examples of IoT?). These are cool technologies (Zetta from Apigee is unique amongst many but I may be biased):


But, they are building blocks!!!

Digital starts showing up when external 'apps' start working  with my ecosystem to help me


Now, we can see how the world will change and it won't be because of the 'app' in your pocket!!




Sunday, June 02, 2013

IPtables on Centos 6.3

Tomcat 6 on CentOS 6.3 installation is a breeze...lots of how-tos out there:

  • http://zscribble.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/install-tomcat-6-on-centos-6/
  • http://newpush.com/2011/10/how-to-install-tomcat-6-on-rhel-6-or-centos-6/

But, why not mention IP Tables.

  1. vi /etc/sysconfig/iptables
  2. #enter this line after the SSH line and NOT at the bottom of the file
  3. -A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 8080  -j ACCEPT
  4. /etc/init.d/iptables restart

Now, you are set.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Coolest KnowNow Apps - Whiteboard

A long time ago (crica 2003/4) there was an app created to allow an energy broker to trade futures. This app presented on single page with the various futures that were traded in a grid format. The brokers could place bid/asks on behalf of their clients and close deals.

I actually saw this same page on a huge whiteboard at the energy brokers company.

What was awesome about this? That we have an AJAX application at that time and it was a business application used every day!

GoDaddy Windows + Wordpress won't work

This was a painful lesson.

  1. Talked to GoDaddy and they say you can use WordPress w/ Windows account
  2. Download was easy, setup was easy, and I could write new posts to the blog and create new pages.
  3. Tried to change the configuration and that's where it fell apart.
I used K2, Tarski and the default Kubrick themes to test out if I could change options and none of them seemed to work. A few days of debugging showed that some of the options were not created in MySQL! Some more research showed just a slew of weird behavior :-(

Called GoDaddy again and they said "we don't support WordPress on Windows accounts!" Well, I sure wish they had told me that before I debugged PHP and the various themes!

So, DotNetNuke that will support the non-profit organization's web site. It actually downloaded easily and I was able to quickly create a site leveraging several different modules!

Yeah, I know - most of you are saying GoDaddy? Windows? Why didn't you use the LAMP stack that you know so well. I said non-profit organization, right? And, we have a custom ASP app that locked us into Windows.