Coolness Countdown For April 19, 2014

Top 5 Coolness Countdown For April 12, 2014

A Quick Clip Of Me On CBS Evening News About Heartbleed

It was a really fun shoot. We’re usually so distant from formal broadcast journalism that it’s nice to see the pros at work.

Top 5 Coolness Countdown For April 5, 2014

This week on Top 5 Coolness Countdown, we separate the coolness from the lukewarm with a new streaming video player from Amazon, the return of the Windows Start menu and a robotic kangaroo.

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My Talk “Find The Schematic” Presented At Makerland In Warsaw

John Biggs: Find the Schematic at Makerland from Makerland on Vimeo.

This is a talk I gave at Makerland in Warsaw. It was an amazing event and I think they’re bringing it to the US.

Pre-Order Bloggers Boot Camp Today!

Charlie White and I just finished the second edition of Bloggers Boot Camp and it’s great! You can pre-order it here and if you’re a blogger or other cool person, let me know and I’ll see if I can get you a review copy. This is one of my favorite projects and I hope you’ll check it out.

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My Interview With Major Figures In The Spanish Startup World At 4YFN In Barcelona



I got the rare pleasure of talking with some very excited and successful startup dudes at 4YFN in Barcelona. I’ll be paying more attention to Spain in the future.

How To Clean Out Clogged Makerbot And Other 3D Printer Nozzles

So the worst happened. Both my nozzles clogged on my Makerbot replicator – I think one of them got stuffed up with a sort of grey PLA that clogged them because I found a lot of it in the nozzle – but generally too much use and not enough maintenance really took its toll on the machine.

I thought I was sunk. I tried to run the filament through a few times to no avail and slowly but surely I figured I’d need to do something drastic.
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I Switched Hosts And It Was Great

I’ve started using DigitalOcean to host my websites – I’ll be moving them over slowly – but it’s great to see how far hosting has come in the decade I’ve been messing with websites. I haven’t had a CLI into any of my servers in years and it’s a great feeling to pop into the server and mess around a little even though I’m horrible at Ubuntu these days.

It’s been 14 years since I started up my first Linux machine in Warsaw, Poland and now that platform rules the web. That I can boot a virtual machine in 60 seconds on DigitalOcean is amazing and that it stays up – with some hiccups – is great.

Special thanks to my buddy Tom Printy who saved me when I really messed things up.

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