Solid State External Drive

Solid State External Drive

I want to move all my external storage to solid state drives.  I get nervous that my disk-based external drives will eventually stop working.

This Samsung  T5 SSD 500GB USB 3.1/USB-C  is my first SSD purchase.
It’s tiny and fast!  Love it.  Bought it back in May for $160.  Amazon now has it for $124.
When I fill it up, hopefully prices of the 1TB model will fall and I’ll buy my second.

 

 

iMovie Tips

iMovie Tips

Based on iMovie version 10.1.9

How to create highlight video from Volleyball game

  • Drop entire game into timeline.  You can just use Finder and drag and drop files
  • Start watching using keyboard hotkeys to fast forward until you get to part where you are involved in play.
  • Play normal and decide if you want this clip.
    • For Hitting I like to start just before the set and after SOME celebration
    • For Serve Receive I like to start with ball just before it crosses the net and end after setter sets
    • For Digs I like to start just before hitter hits or maybe include set too, end after next hit of ball
    • Include serve only if it has great velocity or placement, not due to bad SR
  • Position head at starting frame, hit <Command><B>
  • Position head at ending frame, hit <Command<B>
  • Select and delete video before the highlight clip
  • Advance to video past highlight clip and continue
  • Use a Title above the last highlight clip in timeline (Reveal Lower Third) to remind you where you left off
  • Don’t use transitions.
  • Don’t include “lucky” plays like a server that hits top of net and goes in.
  • Don’t include “basic” plays like a serve or free ball that comes right to you.
  • Remember these should be “highlights”, not video of what anyone can do.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Split Clip : <Command><B>
Undo: <Command><Z>
Copy: <Command><C>
Paste: <Command><V>

<Space>: Play
< L >: Fast Forward (repeat for faster). Use <Space> or <K> to pause
< J >: Fast Rewind (repeat for faster). Use <Space> or <K> to pause
< Left Arrow > Single frame backward
<Right Arrow > Single frame forward (Try holding down)
< Up Arrow> Previous Clip
<Down Arrow> Next Clip
<X>: Select Entire Clip
<Option> < F > : Add Freeze Frame using current position. Grab frame handle (circle at top) to shorten/extend time

Use Zoom-In/Zoom-Out slider

Remove (soften) Audio:  Position cursor toward bottom of clip in timeline just above sound graph until you see double-arrow cursor, grab and pull down

Advanced Editing

Crop/Zoom
Slow Motion
Stabilize Shaky Video
Adjust Color

GIT Hook to prevent Commit of a file

GIT Hook to prevent Commit of a file

This is one of my favorite tricks.

When I make a temporary change to code, usually for testing, that I do not want to commit, I simply add a comment above the temporary code with the words DO NOT COMMIT.  When I try to commit that file, git will abort the commit and warn me:

+        //  DO NOT COMMIT
pre-commit: Blocking commit because  detect

In the root of your project, open the hidden .git folder.

Use  CMD + SHIFT + . to toggle display of hidden files if needed.

If it doesn’t exist, create a hooks subfolder.

create a file named pre-commit with the following content:

#!/bin/sh

# Check if this is the initial commit
if git rev-parse –verify HEAD >/dev/null 2>&1
then
against=HEAD
else
echo “pre-commit: About to create the first commit…”
against=4b825dc642cb6eb9a060e54bf8d69288fbee4904
fi

# Use git diff-index to check for @DONTCOMMITTHIS
# http://stackoverflow.com/a/7292992/3307822
# https://www.atlassian.com/git/tutorials/git-hooks/local-hooks
#
declare -a strsToLookForArr=(
“DONTCOMMITTHIS”
“DONOTCOMMIT”
“DO NOT COMMIT”
)

for str in “${strsToLookForArr[@]}”
do
if git diff-index -p -M –cached $against — | grep ‘^+’ | grep -i “$str”
then
echo “pre-commit: Blocking commit because $strToLookFor detected”
exit 1
fi
done

echo “pre-commit: clear”
exit 0

How NOT to measure development productivity

How NOT to measure development productivity

Allen Holub believes in #noestimates.

In his blog post KPIs, Velocity, and Other Destructive Metrics he offers this alternative to useless metrics tracking:

Focus on continuous process improvement, and productivity takes care of itself.

He has this to say about Velocity as a useful measurement of productivity:

velocity (average points per sprint) is not a performance metric, and using it as such is actively destructive. For one thing, the basic unit (a point) is not a measurable quantity. It’s a judgment. You can’t derive a quantitative measure from qualitative input.

The Accountant (2016)

The Accountant (2016)

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The Accountant ***** 1.7.7 Missed this movie when it came out.  But I loved it.  Starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick. Great action. Liked the story.  Ben is on the autism spectrum and a math savant who grew up and learned to live on his own, as a forensic accountant and assassin.  Guess you gotta watch the movie!

Impossible Creatures

Impossible Creatures

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Still, one of my favorites games of all time.  I usually fire up an old Windows box and play the campaign over Christmas break.

I managed to network 4 stations and the cousins came over for an afternoon of Impossible Creatures frenzy!

 

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