A few months back, I noticed that most of the small businesses around my home were starting to switch over to Square to take payments. In some cases because the old modem based credit card reader had broken. For many it was a way to save a few bucks on transaction charges from their bank, and to have a more flexible payment method.

Now I love this product. Because it’s a web based service, it is typically hooked up with an iPad as a cash register. Over time, Square learns about your credit card, and even emails you a receipt.

And early on, it occurred to me that there was an unexpected consequence to this easy way of paying (at least in the service arena). Once you’ve ordered, the cashier will typically flip the iPad toward you to approve the purchase, and on that screen, you’ll be prompted with some choices as to how much you’d like to tip.

If it’s a cup of coffee, it will suggest 1, or 2 bucks, with an additional selection if you want to manually enter an amount, and another for no tip. For larger purchase it gives you varying percentages (and you can still enter a specific amount or choose not to tip).

But what occurred to me after seeing this, was that they’d made it SO easy to tip, that I figured they’d be seeing more tips. And from my discussions with a couple of the owners of a couple of places, at least anecdotally, that is the case.

Before when you swiped your card, you had to think about what you wanted to tip, write it in, and hope that it got to the people you were trying to tip. With this system, you tap once on a screen to approve the purchase and the tip.

I love technology like this that incrementally improves life. Square makes the cash register better, and as a side benefit makes your barista or wait staff much happier.

I don’t usually write about services that I use, but one that I really have been excited about is Square Cash.

Square Cash is an application by Square that uses email to do secure cash transfers. I have been using it for a while now, mostly to send money to friends when I need to pay them back for buying lunch (or when they need to pay me back). It is extremely simple to use, and is free.

It is extremely simple to use, all you need is a bank debit card, and you can start texting your friends money (or asking for money from them.

And right now, if you follow this link https://square.com/cash/D28b8Q, both you and I will get a buck deposited in the bank.

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

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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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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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

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