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Exif Viewer - Online and Free

I’ve always looked for a nice and convenient way to extract exif data from images.

There you go: Exif viewer – it’s online and free, and extracts
all the relevant data from your image files.

The Fisherman and The Investment Banker

The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The fisherman replied, only a little while.

The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.” “But what then?”

The American laughed and said that’s the best part. “When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions.. Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

Switched Blog from Mephisto to Nanoc

Today I switched this blog from the old, dynamic Mephisto engine to the static nanoc framework.

Plans are to write a little more again, I’ll also describe what I used for this blog in detail.

Finally: Passenger/mod_rails for Nginx!

I was really glad to finally read the news that Passenger 2.2.0 now supports my favorite webserver nginx too.

I always wanted to get rid of the somehow apache monster, which is an overkill in some scenarios (imho).

Nginx has a very easy configuration and everything I need.

If you want to test passenger with nginx it’s as simple as:

              sudo gem install passenger
              sudo passenger-install-nginx-module
              # edit the default config:
              sudo vi /opt/nginx/conf/nginx.conf
              # start nginx
              sudo /opt/nginx/sbin/nginx

There is also a Peepcode Screencast explaining the steps.

I’m happy :)

Mailbox sidebar for Mutt

I always found the default mailbox handling of mutt a little complicated, since it was missing an overview of folders on the main screen.

Mutt-Ng solved this by introducing a sidebar to list all your mailboxes, including a new/old mail count. However this didn’t last very long and the mutt-ng development stopped unfortunately.

I didn’t look at the possibilities regarding this issue for quite a while, since I had a mailbox status list included in my Windowmanager, however, I tried to integrate it into mutt again last week.

Fortunately the sidebar has been extracted and is now available as a patch: Mutt sidebar (folder list) patch

And for all the lazy people, there is also a debian package called mutt-patched which includes the sidebar among other useul additions.

Now I’m using the following, very nice, setup:


Old Blog Comments, imported

by Justin on Wed Mar 04 09:01:00 +0100 2009

As the original author of the sidebar patch, I would like to clarify: The sidebar patch wasn’t extracted from mutt-ng, they had included the one that I wrote, and it continued and continues to exist outside of that as well.

Ruby 1.9.1 and Rails fails - at least according to Google..

Google seems to know something about the new Ruby 1.9.1 release regarding Ruby on Rails:


The question is, does Google suggest “fails” as a correction for “rails” because the word is similar – or because the combination is typed in a lot? :)