An alarm clock that can brew your coffee: Yes please!

Meet the alarm clock that will not only get you up in the morning, but will keep you up with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. The photo above essentially says it all: hit the snooze button in the morning, catch a few extra z’s, and wake up to a tasty and hot cup of coffee without even having to leave your bed.

Source: An alarm clock that can brew your coffee: Crazy or crazy awesome?

Spotify on Ubuntu


Recently I had the itch to try Ubuntu as my secondary desktop again, so I went ahead and installed Ubuntu-Mate 15.04.

Ubuntu has come pretty far in terms of simpler desktop installs, so I was pretty impressed with it.  I prefer the Mate desktop as it’s a continuation of the old Gnome 2 desktop.  Easier menus, no fancy Compiz effects by default, and no Unity.

What I did run into however, is an error with installing my favorite music service at the moment, Spotify.  I was surprised they even had a Spotify app installer, so gave that a shot. Upon clicking the shortcut in Ubuntu, it wouldn’t open. Unsure as to what was going on, I ran Spotify via the command line, and received the following error:

Screenshot-Spotify-cmdspotify: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

After some Googling, it turns out that I was able to install an old 64bit Debian package for the missing libgcrypt11 1.5 library.  Just add a line to you /etc/apt/sources.list with:

deb wheezy/updates main

Then install with dpkg -i libgcrypt11_1.5.0-5+deb7u1_amd64.deb (or whatever architecture you need).

Screenshot-Spotify-Linux Preview

Once that was done, I was able to run Spotify with no problem! Hope this helps anyone else out there with the same issue.

VMware Class

gkEarlier this month I took the VMware vSphere 6 Install, Configure, Manage class in the Finacial district in Manhattan. It was great!  My brain hurt with information overload, but I really liked it.  I missed being in a classroom. If you have the opportunity to have your company purchase training for you, I’d recommend using Global Knowledge.  The instructor John Ilgenfritz was extremely knowledgeable, patient, and knew how to throw in a joke here and there. He answered any questions that the class threw at him.  Also, there was a PC at each desk for a hands on lab.  I learn best with hands-on training, so it was very helpful to me.

I just scheduled my vSphere Foundations exam on August 30th, so let’s see how I do!