Archive for November, 2007

When toothpaste is outlawed…

November 30, 2007 9:18 am by brian

So I’m going to be traveling to visit my family in Nevada around X-Mas. The biggest thing that annoys me about the post 9/11 world we live in: toothpaste.

So I admit it. After years of dealing with Tom’s of Maine (and similar brands after ToM was bought out by Colgate, i still have a stash of ‘New old stock’. Good thing toothpaste doesn’t go bad… I hope) I’ve gotten to like chalky, mint flavor, hippy toothpaste. The big bumout? I can only buy my preferred brand in 8oz tubes. This far exceeds the Transportation Security Administration’s “3-1-1” rule. What am I to do? I can always buy a tube when I get out there, assuming there is some place in rural Nevada which caters to the hippy in us all. Or I could work a little DIY magic…


  • Big tube of toothpaste
  • Little tube(s) of toothpaste
  • Extra cap for the big tube
  • Drill
  • Drillbit

Step 1

Gather your materials and drill a hole in the extra cap.
Toothpaste 1

Step 2

Put the extra cap on the small tube backwards. Then screw this contraption onto the big tube.

Toothpaste 2

Step 3

Gently squeeze the big tube while tightly holding the small tube against the larger. This will keep you from making a mess.

Step 4

Wash the caps and cleanup, you’re done! Toothpaste tubes which conform to the 3-1-1 rule.

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The Electric Church

November 20, 2007 11:54 pm by brian


Let me say it’s been a while since I picked up a good piece of dystopian, tech savvy literature. Jeff Somers hit the nail on the head with his newest work “The Electric Church“.

Before I go into more details, here’s the closest thing to what I can think happened:

  • Somers broke into William Gibson’s house, stolen his pens
  • Next, broken into the storage space of Sterling and found an unused ream of copy paper
  • Frantically channeled the spirt of these two men into a brutalized amalgamation of cyber-punk-esque madness

Now to convert you to the church:

The Electric Church(TEC) is based in a near future/post-apocalypse based world where crime is the standard and every man has his price. Thieves, gunners, and techies wade in the cesspool of civilization left by the unification of the system. Constantly hiding from the bootheels of the system security force, Avery Cates is a man who knows his price. A gunner for hire he has become adept at separating the politics from his work. Everyone has done something bad in their lives, it’s just a matter of whether the price is high enough to make you pay. With the rising tide of “The Electric Church” controlled by it’s founder & high priest Dennis Squalor, its the fastest growing religion. Monks on ever street corner promise eternal life and ‘an endless trail of sunsets’. But what happens when you become a pawn between the System and The Electric Church?

All in all, the book was written superbly. The language is not pretentious. In fact, the vocabulary, though small, is quickly established and maintained. Somers goes into great detail about how poor the quality of the bathtub gin is. I could have done well with him mentioning it only about half as many times as he did, but that’s his style. He takes an idea and runs with it and never hesitates to reuse a choice turn of phrase.

After reading the book, I must say I became even more of a fan. At the end of the book there was a link to a well made website: Being the nerd that I am, I wondered what google may have indexed in the site which didn’t turn up much. A google search for sites which linked to it was much more fruitful and turned up a couple of character based blogs from the novel. Finding these was a nice touch. While in general, they exist more to help the main sites google page rank, it was awesome to see someone put in that kind of time into easter eggs, especially for a book.

Demos Galore

6:07 pm by brian

Our demo videos are now here in our knowledgebase. Check them out here:

Logjamming Videos

Oh, and happy Thanksgiving!

Storage storage storage!

November 15, 2007 1:33 am by brian

So it looks like we’re going to be rolling out our new storage array soon. I’m going to be buying the hardware this week. It’s going to be a 2TB monster which we’re setting up to expand all the way to 14TB. If that doesn’t keep our backups in good working order, ain’t nothing going to keep our backups in good working order!

amanda blank and flosstradamus @ the talking head club in baltimore

November 13, 2007 7:14 pm by josh

Sunday I got a chance to photograph one of my favorite MCs, Philly’s Amanda Blank performing with Chicago DJ team Flosstradamus. Flosstradamus has been getting noticed alot lately (I also shot them earlier this year for URB magazine) (press that is richly deserved because they bring it on the dancefloor). Blank is also getting well known for guesting on a variety of Spank Rock and Plastic Little songs, but now she is ramping up for her debut album. I was a little concerned because some of the advance tracks that have been released sounded pretty poppy, but live it was stellar.

Click here for photos from the show!

Demo videos coming soon.

November 8, 2007 5:41 pm by brian

I’m in the process of getting some totally sweet instructional flash videos. It’s not that we don’t enjoy corresponding with y’all… it’s just that we’d rather have it be on happier circumstances, like “check out this new blog post!” rather than “i can’t figure out how to setup thunderbird… HELP!.” Keep your eye out, they should be linked in the Support Knowledgebase some time tomorrow or Monday.

<3 Brian

On Sun, NetApp, & ZFS.

November 6, 2007 5:32 pm by brian

I’ll join the bandwagon. ZFS is the best thing since sliced bread. After seeing a presentation on it at USENIX `07 in San Jose back in June, I must admit. I’m impressed. It seems that Sun is on to something here. Even better, due to the CDDL it’s been included in FreeBSD & Mac OS X. That means that you can expect to see it being deployed more widely here soon once people learn to use it and realize exactly whats up. Here at Logjamming / Alticon we’re going to be rolling out a new backup system based on FreeBSD / ZFS here before the end of the year. The effect? Better backups and more space for them. Yay!

For Sale: 2 BES Licenses

November 5, 2007 8:32 am by josh

If anyone out there has any need for 1-2 copies of Blackberry Enterprise Server 3.1 Small Business for exchange with 25 user licenses, let us know. We were using them for a project that is now completed, so we don’t need them anymore… and now that several of our sysadmins have caught the iPhone bug, we don’t even need them for internal use, either.

We would be willing to split them up, sell just the licenses… OR, if you have a need for BES, we can even run a hosted instance for you. If any of that sounds interesting, email support(at) with the subject line “BES licenses”.