Agile Musings

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

How to Clip Videos using VLC Media Player

- Search for "download youtube mp4" and use a site to download the video.

- Use VLC Media Player to crop the video.


- Upload to YouTube again.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Boy Scout Rule

What if we all did a random act of kindness to the code before we checked it in?

"Leave this world a little better than you found it." (Baden-Powell's Last Message (1941))

(Starting at 49:11 of Clean Code (Remake!) Clean Code, Episode 1, By Uncle Bob, 54 min • Feb 2011)

Monday, August 01, 2016

Best Practices for the Security of Online Accounts

Regularly you can read about the online accounts being compromised. Here are the practices I use to keep them safe.

- Follow the best practices to keep your devices from getting malware. Here is a good guide. I do not add antivirus to our mobile devices though.

- From that same article, "Use passwords on everything and be sure that they're strong passwords: Do not use the same password for everything. Do not use easy-to-guess passwords. Use strong passwords that are at least eight characters in length and include capitals, numbers, and alternate characters. Password protect everything: Devices, email, VPN, anything that you don't want shared with others. Be paranoid and change your passwords often."

Treat your email password as the key of all your keys. Almost every other account allows you to reset you passwords by sending a unique link to your email address. I also enable 2-factor authentication.

- Use Two-Factor Authentication on the accounts you care most about. Just like you use your credit card and something you know, like your signature or your pin or zip code, two factor authentication makes your accounts more secure.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Owner Info on Android Lock Screen

Settings/Security/Owner info

From "How to Display Owner Information on the Lock Screen on Your Android Phone"

"If you lose your Android device, it’s not likely you’ll get it back. However, there are some kind souls out there who will try to return it, but if the device is locked, they won’t know how to reach you."

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Task Scheduler With Non-Zero Return Code

I get this solution from Win 2008 Task Scheduler With Return Code 1 (0X1)

It has been many hours very frustrated as to why my console app works fine running interactively but not when it runs in Window Task Scheduler.

I got this in the history for the task '...action "C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\cmd.exe" with return code 2147942401'

The solution was to do as the article above directs. Do NOT put the full file path in the program/script textbox. Instead put only the name of the bat file there. Put the path to the bat file in the Start in (Optional) field.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Why can't Windows 8 find the Startup Folder?

From https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2806079

Using a command prompt or windows run, (WindowsKey+R)

shell:startup

It will open the startup folder.