A Request on Thanksgiving Day in Movember

movemberToday we celebrate Thanksgiving  in the US, an American holiday where we count our blessings, and in that spirit, I give thanks for my health and well being.

I’m extremely grateful to be able to say I’m happy and healthy and not fighting the mental health problems that nearly 1 in 4 adults in the United States will experience this year.

Many men find the stigmas associated with mental health lead to feelings of shame and embarrassment, which often prevents them from seeking help and taking action.

I’m very grateful for Movember, because they are working tirelessly connecting and funding the best scientific and clinical minds in the world. They are working towards two urgent goals: to fast track a time when no man will die from prostate or testicular cancer, and to rid the world of discrimination against men and boys with mental health problems.

The Movember Foundation is working tirelessly to rid the world of this discrimination and to ensure men and boys experiencing mental health problems know the signs and take action early.

I need your support to fund this important work. 

You can join my Movember team and help change the face of men’s health: http://moteam.co/therastache

You can donate by:

  1. Joining the cause of the TheraStache team at http://moteam.co/therastache by joining the team or clicking the “Donate To Team” button.
  2. Donating online to my Movember at http://mobro.co/accuweaver
  3. Writing a check to ‘Movember’, referencing my registration ID: 8247629 and mailing it to:  Movember, P.O. Box 1595, Culver City, CA 90232
    (You can use the donation form at http://us.movember.com/mospace/downloads/form/type/donation)

You can learn more about the important work and impact Movember is having at: http://us.movember.com/programs

Thanks for supporting my moustache. Together we can change the face of men’s health.

Rob Weaver
http://mobro.co/accuweaver

Extreme Import

Once in a while, I run across a situation where I need to import data from a spreadsheet into a database.

If the data is to update a single table, this is pretty straight forward. On the other hand, if the data is modeled as a set of tables it gets a bit more messy. Continue reading

How to change printer’s IP address on Mac OS X

Screen Shot 2014-09-27 at 12.18.14 PMI was updating my network to use a different subnet and realized that the last time I did that, my HP printer stopped working because a lot of the network drivers set the IP address into the printer settings.

So I figured that maybe I would need to update the printer’s IP address on my Mac. I looked at the printer settings and didn’t see anything that might work.

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Make Chrome Accept a Self-Signed Certificate (on OSX)

If your organization is like most, they will have sites that use a self-signed (or untrusted authority) certificate.

From Wikipedia:

In cryptography and computer security, a self-signed certificate is an identity certificate that is signed by the same entity whose identity it certifies. This term has nothing to do with the identity of the person or organization that actually performed the signing procedure. In technical terms a self-signed certificate is one signed with its own private key.

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Migrate JavaEE from Single Tier VM (Step 1)

 

Glassfish_logo.svgI manage a small application that is hosted on a single Linux virtual machine and have noticed some occasional performance and stability issues.

The server runs CentOS, MySQL and a GlassFish server. I chose GlassFish several years ago because at the time it was the only EJB3 container around, as well as being very well integrated with the NetBeans IDE.

Like most JavaEE containers, it also makes clustering and scaling easier. Continue reading

Making sure Stash starts up on Windows

logoStashPNGI was having a problem where Stash (which was installed as a service) wasn’t starting up properly and giving me a page that made it look like there was a problem with the database.

I have a local MySQL on the same machine as the Stash server, and both that service and the Stash server are set to automatically start up. Continue reading

Changing RHEL6 to CentOS packages

CentOS 4.2 Welcome en 3Recently I was using a canned VM that had RedHat EL6 loaded on it, and needed to add a package, only to find that the package had been moved to the RedHat base repository.

 

 

 

 

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Loss and Sadness

Today I went to work expecting a great day. My young friend Chris Merris was coming back to TheraDoc, and it’s always a good thing to have sharp people around you.

The mood of the day suddenly shifted as I found out that Jeff Knell, another new friend at work had died over the weekend. I felt extremely sad all day, not so much because I’d lost a close friend (although I thought that Jeff and I were going to be good friends).

Instead I think it has more to do with the loss of that growing friendship, and the reminder of the transience that is life.

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Getting the correct timezone in a web application

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I support a web application that is hosted on a virtual private server. The application architecture is JavaEE running under GlassFish on CentOS.

Like most ISP’s, my hosting provider builds vanilla Linux boxes that can be configured with various flavors of the OS.

Out of the box these images have their timezone set to UTC, and since my end users are in California, and I’m not doing anything on the client to handle timezone conversion, the times that come up in the application are off by 7 or 8 hours (depending on whether it’s Daylight Savings time or not. Continue reading