Save money at Amazon with camelcamelcamel

Save money at Amazon with camelcamelcamel

If you like to shop at Amazon, you really should be using camelcamelcamel. This service tracks prices at Amazon and allows you to set alerts to tell you when prices drop on items you want to buy. Here is a real world example: My wife and I wanted to buy some dishes that, at $76.48 per place setting, are quite a bit more than we are used to paying for dishes. We set a price alert and sat back to...

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LEGO DUPLO QUATRO

LEGO DUPLO QUATRO

I spent hours and days and weeks playing with LEGO bricks as a kid. I had a huge bucket of LEGO with a handful of DUPLO mingled in. At a yard sale a few years ago we found a bucket of QUATRO, a lesser known variety of LEGO bricks that were only produced for a couple years. I wasn’t excited about the purchase, but Becca talked me into it. I am so glad she did. They are awesome for young...

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git: Ignoring files during development

git: Ignoring files during development

I use git a lot, and often find myself needing to make changes to a file that I absolutely don’t want to commit to the repo. For example, a default configuration file may be in the repo, but I want to change which database it is pointing to during development. Or maybe I’ll gut a CPU intensive method during preliminary testing, but I obviously don’t want the gutting method...

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Block all AWS traffic to a server

Block all AWS traffic to a server

AWS servers are cheap and plentiful. Unfortunately this makes them the frequent source of screen scrapers. My servers aren’t running on AWS, and there isn’t any legitimate reason for an AWS server to be talking to my servers, so I decided to just block all AWS traffic. You can get my AWS Blocker bash script on GitHub. It is free and public domain. Amazon publishes a list of AWS IP...

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Get your belt tension right with this inexpensive tool

Get your belt tension right with this inexpensive tool

I love maintaining my 2007 Toyota Yaris. It isn’t a perfect car, but it is incredibly reliable and easy to work on. One issue I’ve had is that the serpentine belt loves to squeal. It is such a common issue on this model that Toyota actually increased the recommended belt tension after the car came out. So to fix the squeal, you just have to tighten the belt more. But how much more?...

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30 day challenge: Drink a gallon of water a day

30 day challenge: Drink a gallon of water a day

My sister shared an article on Facebook about a month ago: This Woman Drinks a Gallon of Water Daily for 30 Days. See What Happens! I think this person’s before and after has more to do with lighting and Photoshop, but my wife and I decided we needed to drink more water anyway so what the heck, we’d give it a try. The first week was miserable. I had to pee. All. The. Time. It was...

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