This weekend I had the opportunity to compete at the Grappling X tournament in Torrance, California.
For those don’t know, I’m a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) practitioner, along with a few other martial arts. I actually started in 2010 down in Temecula under the TeamQuest / Checkmat flag, but an injury put me out mid-2011. It was not until May of 2013 that I decided to start training again at my new school, Carlson Gracie Menifee.
This was my first competition since Pan Ams 2011, where I was put out in the second round, and it felt great to get back on the saddle. I will admit, to say that I was nervous would be an understatement. Being out for a little over two years and a half years since I competed, two since I trained was a bit nerve wrecking for me. How would I do? Could I really compete? Was I suffering from a severe case of vaginitis?
Weight Class – 201 – Unlimited
Below is the play by play and results…
So I was on a quest this week to create a distribution list for a friend and his business and I got pretty frustrated with Google’s new Admin changes. After some digging I figured it out and figured I’d share my findings with you.
If you do some searches online you’re likely to find yourself on Google support page, something I found less than helpful, so here is a quick break down on what you need to do.
If you’re not familiar with Google Apps, then I highly recommend you look into it. It’s an easy to use solution that allows you to configure a number of things, email being but one of those. I like it though for small and large companies alike, it’s an easy way to configure your company to use it’s domain as an email (.e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
Using your domain is always a more attractive solution, last thing you want is prospective clients getting emails from a generic yahoo.com, gmail.com, or some other free email provider. It’s about appearances, and let’s face it there is a certain level of professionalism that is portrayed when someone gets an email from you that’s under your domain. I can almost hear people chuckling as they read this, but I think many of us in the technical field take this simple feature for granted. Unfortunately many of your local mom-and-pop shops are vaguely familiar with the idea and many yet don’t posses the technical knowledge to configure it for themselves. Many others try to get into the email server business and often integrate the feature with other online properties like chat or website services, that’s a horrible approach. If nothing else, I encourage you to look into Google Apps.
There was a time when this was free, that time has unfortunately passed. So you’re going to have to dig deep and cough up some cash, sorry, but it’s well worth it. The good news is that you can set things up to be on a monthly basis and you can decide how to proceed that way. Currently, it’s set as $5 / user, this isn’t bad until you start thinking through the types of emails you want.
Small snippet of what most organizations will want:
Jason Tucker shared this cool link over the weekend and I like it a lot and wanted to share.
It’s a tool that allows you to quickly access your various servers via SSH. If you authenticate using keys, then this is a serious win for you. It allows you to manage multiple SSH accounts via your MAC, but more importantly allows you to quickly log into them by opening your terminal and passing your syntax. Why this is so convenient is because it helps you set your various ports, assuming they are all different, allows you to set any special options like binding to specific ports and / or defining specific keys that might not be your standard. Instead of trying to remember which one is which, you set it once and leave it alone.
For guys like me that are jumping between 5 – 10 personal servers each day it can become a real pain. Sometimes I get IPs wrong, the domain wrong, etc… fortunately I use keys on all the boxes, so finding a way to quickly configure is the bomb diggidty.
Shuttle is the name of the tool. Simple to use, even more simple to configure. Recommend you give it a try, once you install it, configure each location in the configuration file and you’ll be off the races.
One small note, if you use various machines don’t worry you can sync them all up using Dropbox. You’ll want to create a symbolic link to the location but that should be straightforward.
To create the symbolic link, open your terminal and follow this:
# cd ~
# mv .shuttle.json ~/Dropbox/[path you want]/
# ln -s ~/Dropbox/[path to folder/.shuttle.json
You should see this here ~:
# ls -la ~
lrwxr-xr-x 1 user owner size [date] [time].shuttle.json -> /Users/[path to Dropbox folder]/.shuttle.json