Published: Sunday, 06 July 2014 17:44
The site has had a make over and got updated a bit. All of the same information is still here and I'm adding a few new things including a new reviews section.
So, if your one of the three people who check out my site, the pictures from the 2014 alaska trip are coming very soon!
Gallery Images -- A small sample of the new pictures (taken from my Clark Hammock Review)
Published: Sunday, 23 June 2013 20:35
Due to recent news about how pervasovly the US government spies on its own citizens I have decided to move this website to the underweb.
Within the next few days madhatt.com will be accessible via the TOR network.
Published: Tuesday, 28 May 2013 11:41
So Sam and I started to get some packing done for our kayaking trip this year. Boy, it's not until you start to pack do you see A. how much stuff your bringing and B. how much stuff you still need...
It's going to be a hell of a trip though!
Published: Wednesday, 22 May 2013 16:41
So Last weekend Sam and I went on a easy 2 day backpacking trip in the hills above Colorado Springs. The main purpose of the trip was to test our all of our gear to ensure it's ready for our Alaska trip.
What did we find out?
- The tent needs to be replaced as the pole sleeves are starting to tear (Tent is only 1 year old) Thanks goodness for REI's return policy
- Gatorade... We found that taking Gatorade powder was a great way to "tastify" the water a bit and it also provides Electrolytes.
Other than that we had a great time. It looks like I purchased enough batteries for the Alaska trip... now just got to figure out how to pack 60 pounds of MREs, plus another 60-80 pounds of gear...
Published: Thursday, 02 May 2013 15:53
So, I work with SIP phones all the time and I got a Snom 300 phone to test the other day.
When I powered it up and logged in to the Web UI the first thing I noticed was that there seemed to be tracking code in the website of the phone!
You can see what I mean with the below picture
I have reached out to Snom to find out what was going on and the first reply I got from them was very discouraging.
@madhatt159 Your phone just tries to get the newest Firmware version from our provisioning server. There is no tracking.
5/2/13 6:20 AM
So, They state up front that there is no tracking however you can see from my screenshot that there clearly is google analytics code on the site.
In fact here is a screenshot of the actual code
The UA number used is 1331074
And if you google around a bit you'll find the following website which shows this same UA code used by Snom.com
here's a screenshot.
I am still waiting on replies from Snom regarding this and will post and update once I have one.
UPDATE #1 - 5/3/2013
My last tweet was replied to by Snom.
5/3/13 8:55 AM
UPDATE #2 - 5/3/2013
After speaking with the good folks on the Asterisk IRC I foudn out that I can disable this tracking by disablein "Advertising" in Prefs.
After disabling the Snom Ad banner, no more tracking code is found. Therefore I believe what is going on is that the website that the banner lives on is the one actually using analytics code and NOT the phone itself.
Published: Friday, 12 April 2013 10:18
was looking through my pictures and came across this one.
I really miss you guys...
Published: Friday, 12 April 2013 09:25
So, I shoot a fair amount of images that I upload to my website.
I thought I would share how I do this more for me so that I can refer back to this so that I'll remember!
Basically Copermine will read the IPTC data from the image file that you upload to it. It will use this information to populate data for that image in the gallery. Looking below you will see how IPTC corralates to the Coppermine data.
|Aperture IPTC Value
So What I do is the following.
- Import all my photos - I do this a certain way. A. I import all the photos into a main project folder. Then under that folder I have a bunch of smart folders that will separate all my photos and videos based on certain values, Camera Model, Picture or Video, Rated High or not. I also usually have a few static albums under the project that I put videos that I made from stitching together images, panos, and other data that really isn't sortable. Then Finally I have a folder called "Website Ready" which is a smart album of all images in the project that are flagged.
- Then I work through all my images, correcting color and other values until I like how all my photos look.
- Then I go through all the pictures flagging which images I want to show up on the website. When I do this the flagged images automatically show up in the Website Ready ablum just like magic!
- Once I have finsihed this I will be left with all the pictures I want to publish to the gallery.
- Then I go through the entire Website Ready Album and enter Titles, Captions, and Keywords for all of the images as shown below (which you can adjust the display of IPTC/EXIF info by pressing COMMAND + J)
- As you can see in this image (maybe) I have entered the IPTC Headline, Caption, and Keywords
- Once I have finished with all this I simply export the images using a custom preset that sets the image size to a certain value.
- Then I upload them to the galelry and use the batch add files feature to add all of the files to an album.
- Because of all my previous work after the files have been uploaded and process they all show with the proper titles, captions, keywords.
And that's it, DONE!
Published: Tuesday, 09 April 2013 12:25
Chck out the "short" version of the video we took in Jamaica
Published: Friday, 05 April 2013 07:07
I had some time this morning so I decided to upload all the pictures we've taken so far on our trip.
View them HERE
Published: Thursday, 04 April 2013 06:50
Melissa and I are enjoying the warm weather and fun times here in Jamaica.
Here's a picture of Mel at the Bob Marley Museum.
Published: Thursday, 28 March 2013 08:46
Tomorrow we leave!
Just a few more hours before I'll be in the nice 80 degree weather with my toes in the sand!
Published: Sunday, 24 March 2013 00:52
For the fun of it I thought I would show my current camera gear.
Nikon D5100 with 18-55, 55-300, and 18-300 lenses (GPS too)
Nikon AW100 underwater camera with GPS
Nikon P500 for my buddy to use
GO Pro Hero 3 HD
about 25 batteries for both the aw100 and Go pro and 10 for the D5100
And about 200Gb of storage in a water proof case
Published: Saturday, 23 March 2013 20:35
So I'm having issues getting notifications about bitcoin prices. Last night the price dropped and I didn't know because I didn't get any notifications... so I made a simple script on my linux server that runs every minute and checks the price... if the price drops below a certain value I get a text message (via a email to sms).
This script is very simple one but it will text me once a minute until I shut off the script so It will be hard to sleep through another price drop!
rm -rvf /tmp/ticke*
#set up email
# Email To ?
# other variables
#MUST BE 7 DIGISTS LONG
#get web file
#curl --socks 127.0.0.1:9050 http://data.mtgox.com/api/1/BTCUSD/ticker | sed 's/^...............................................//' | cut -f1 -d"\"" > /tmp/ticker2
curl --socks 127.0.0.1:9050 http://blockchain.info/ticker | grep "USD" | cut -f3 -d":" | cut -f1 -d"," | cut -f2 -d" " > /tmp/ticker2
#copy last price
#LASTPRICE=$(cat /tmp/ticker2 | head -1)
#Run price checks -- LOW
if [ "$LASTPRICE" -lt $LOWTARGET ]
echo "low pass"
echo "$LASTPRICE" | mail -s "Low Price Alert!" "$EMAIL" "$MIDEMAIL" "$MESSAGE"
echo "Low Price fail"
#Run price checks -- HIGH
if [ "$LASTPRICE" -gt $HIGHTARGET ]
echo "high pass"
echo "$LASTPRICE" | mail -s "MID Price Alert" "$EMAIL" "$MIDEMAIL" "$MESSAGE"
echo "High Price fail"
#Run price checks -- MIDDLE
if [ "$LASTPRICE" -lt $MIDTARGET ]
echo "MID pass"
echo "$LASTPRICE" | mail -s "High Price Alert" "$MIDEMAIL" "$MESSAGE"
echo "mid Price fail"
#save price in file for others
#echo "setting web price"
#echo "$WEBPRICE" > /var/www/madhatt.com/btcprice.html
echo "current sleep time = "$sleep
Published: Wednesday, 20 March 2013 09:06
So Melissa and I will be flying down to Jamaica next week friday. I have to admit, I'm really looking forward to the warm beaches and a break from things around here.
Melissa even got me a pair of swimming trunks!
Published: Thursday, 21 February 2013 20:54
Below is a quick link to all the "good" photos from the trip. Instead of uploading over 3500 images I limited to around 750...