Lance R. Vick

Syncing dotfiles with Git

27 Aug 2014

Problem Maintaining preferences on multiple machines sucks. So, I use a lot of computers. In a given week I may log into and use systems ranging from Gentoo, Debian, Arch, FreeBSD, and sometimes even OSX if I am being forced against my will (or having to debug Safari/iOS nonsense). On all these machines I like all my tools of choice to have consistent and predictable configurations suited to my workflow. This may include setting up my terminal preferences, colorschemes, IDE plugins, aliases, ...

Arch Linux Terminals in Android

08 May 2012

So I got a shiny new Transformer Prime and of course the first thing I wanted to do was make sure I had a reasonable way to use it to develop on the go. Option one was dual-boot... however everything I read indicated I would have vastly reduced battery life, and I would lose the ability to do important android tasks, like play angry birds. Another solution was running a system like Ubuntu in a chroot then using a VNC connection to loop back to it. That seemed like a terrible waste of ...

Accessibly Importing vCards From QR Codes

24 Feb 2012

QR codes are popping up just about everywhere these days. Menus, bumper stickers, bill boards, clothing, etc. It makes perfect sense. I mean how often do you see a URL and actually go through the trouble of typing it all in by hand, especially if it is long? I don't. When I see a QR code however it is just a simple matter of snapping a picture and it is now open in my phone browser. Because of this kind of utility, one place QR codes are starting to pop up more frequently, is business cards. ...

Why software projects go wrong

10 Jan 2012

In most cases? Because they are not planned, managed, and delegated well. In order for a software project to be successful, particularly in an agency environment that has lots of clients, employees, and layers of communications, a strict set of operating procedures is a fundamental requirement. Based on my experience working with many agencies, founding companies (now on my 4th), and having to take an active role at just about every stage of many projects... I will attempt to share what I feel ...

Thermo-Electric Axolotl Cooling

20 Dec 2011

So in my many ventures around the interwebs I eventually ran into a picture of an unusual animal, the Axolotl. Over the years I have cared for and been aware of a lot of exotic pets but this... this was something totally new to me. On seeing pictures of these for the first time I did some research, then did some more research. Turns out they are a listed as a critically endangered species existing wild in only one lake in the world. Specifically, Lake Xochimilco in a valley in the mountains of ...

My Mobile Tech Office, Replaced With Android

22 Feb 2011

An entire mobile support office, now replaced with my phone. I am 24 years of age, and I am feeling my age. Seriously. I grew up with MP3 players (had the first Rio), Gameboy advance, Yo-Yos with ball bearing suspension systems, electric scooters, Internet access as soon as I was old enough to type. My first computer was powered by a 366mhz pentium 2 I built myself. I was an early adopter and usually stayed on the front lines of tech. When I started running my own company a few years ago, I did ...

WikiLeaks and the Info War Warm-Up

12 Dec 2010

You can say what you want about WikiLeaks and groups like it. You can hate them or love them. Any human being has a right to morally judge for themselves if they are pro or anti WikiLeaks. I do however firmly believe that every human being has a moral obligation to be anti-anti-WikiLeaks. Once their right to free speech is taken, yours is next. Times are changing at an exponential rate. Movies once physically bought in stores are now downloaded or streamed online for free. Musical artists that ...