Technology

NASA Chief to Congress: ‘Don’t Make Us Hitch Rides With Russia’ 

My favorite quote from the article:

“Space travel is complex, but this choice is simple: Do we invest in ourselves — in our businesses, our ingenuity, our people — or do we choose instead to send our tax-dollars to Russia?”

Source: NASA Chief to Congress: ‘Don’t Make Us Hitch Rides With Russia’ – NBC News

Outlook for Mac keeps asking for password on Exchange

Posting it here because it took me forever to find the solution.  And it worked.  Once I did this, it stopped insisting my username/password was wrong and I haven’t had any issues since.

not sure why this solution is not being spread around more. But to fix this issue, what you have to do it add a “\” before your username. for example:Username: \domain\usernamePassword: whatever your password isMake sure you save to your keychain after. This has worked for me. Im not sure where I found this, but it was a lifesaver. Hope it helps for you!

via Outlook for Mac keeps asking for password on exchange. – Microsoft Community.

Museum Giving Away ‘Back To The Future’ Car If Cubs Win World Series

Now wouldn’t that be something?

Back To The Future Part 2 predicted that the Cubs will defeat Miami in the 2015 World Series. While that isn’t possible in real life, rumors are stirring that the Cubs are ready to make a run for the title and the Volo Auto Museum is attempting to make it special if it comes true.

via Museum Giving Away ‘Back To The Future’ Car If Cubs Win World Series.

MacOS: Open a specifc URL in non-default browser or Fluid.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m a bit… ok… a lot of a geek.  One of the coolest apps available for MacOS is Fluid.  This basically allows you to turn any website into a mini-app.  Great especially if there are websites you visit for either personal or even business use on a constant basis.  Instead of having to hunt through various tabs / windows / etc, you basically turn it into it’s own app.  There are ways to approach some of the same features other ways, but this goes beyond a “separate browser window” with a number of really neat features and extensibility.  And, the apps can act totally separate from each other: which means if for business reasons you have access to two SalesForce instances, or for personal reasons you have two Facebook logins, you can have these as separate Fluid apps running at the same time.

One of the items that have come up is how one can click on a link and have it auto-open in a specified Fluid app and not the default browser – such as a SalesForce link?  There is a pay-for app that does it, but one of the responses at the discussion below talks about a simple Apple Script you can write that does it for you.  Only caveat is that technically that script IS your “default browser”.  However, if the URL you’re clicking on doesn’t match the criteria of any of the specific URLs you have in the script, then it does have a default browser in that.  The gist of the script is below.  The forum I found this answer is listed below as well, with the script source located on GitHub.

web browser – Open a specifc URL in Fluid.app – Ask Different.

Gist of Script:

on open location this_URL

if this_URL contains “facebook.com” then

tell application “<path to alternate browser/app>”

activate

open location this_URL

end tell

else if this_URL contains “www.linkedin.com” then

tell application “<path to alternate browser/app>”

activate

open location this_URL

end tell

else

— default browser here

tell application “<path to default browser>”

activate

open location this_URL

end tell

end if

 

end open location

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Changing Users Reading Habits as iPad Usage Declines – Mac Rumors

Personally, it has changed for me as well after getting the iPhone 6 Plus. I have the iPad 3, with no immediate plans of upgrading. There are times I still reach for it (ironically, those include when I want a keyboard), but they’re getting less and less.
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Changing Users Reading Habits as iPad Usage Declines – Mac Rumors.

Twitter sues US Government to allow full disclosure

Twitter announced they were suing the US Government to allow them more freedom in reporting on the various surveillance requests they receive.

It’s our belief that we are entitled under the First Amendment to respond to our users’ concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance – including what types of legal process have not been received. We should be free to do this in a meaningful way, rather than in broad, inexact ranges.

via Taking the fight for #transparency to court | Twitter Blogs.

NASA Spacecraft to Carry Message for Aliens – From Us!

The One Earth message contains another significant difference from the earlier Voyager project: While a team of six created the iconic Golden Record over the course of six weeks, the New Horizons craft will carry messages assembled by people from around the world.

What’s also cool, thanks to current technology:

Unlike previous records, the information on board New Horizons will not have to remain static. As long as the craft remains in communication with Earth, the message has the potential to be upgraded as the status of the planet changes.

 

via Greetings from Earth! NASA Spacecraft to Carry Message for Aliens.

Executing php inside a WordPress widget without any plugin – Emanuele Feronato

Sometimes in your WordPress theme you need to execute custom php code in a widget, because you want to display different information according to the category you are in, or simply because you need to execute a php script into that widget.There are a lot of plugins doing this task, adding a new type of widget generally called “php widget”, but rather than installing a plugin this simple job can be done simply adding in functions.php file of your theme these few lines:

add_filter(‘widget_text’,’execute_php’,100);

function execute_php($html){

if(strpos($html,”<“.”?php”)!==false){

ob_start();

eval(“?”.”>”.$html);

$html=ob_get_contents();

ob_end_clean();

}

return $html;

}

via Executing php inside a WordPress widget without any plugin – Emanuele Feronato.