My best of 2016: A year in review

Out with 2016, in with 2017

It’s that time of year again. The end of the year. Which means it’s time to get reflective, like I’ve done in several years past (2012, 2013, 2015). This has been a pretty terrible year for so many reasons (celebrity deaths, the US election, Casey Neistat ending his daily vlog). But this post isn’t going to be about any of that.

This post is about my favorite things that happened this year. It’s a highlight of my favorite content, both created and consumed. It’s a look back at this past year to see how far I’ve come, and to set goals for myself in 2017. This post, of course, is for you to read and enjoy. But it’s also largely for me. Oh, and some of the links are affiliate links. Just a heads up.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s dive right in.

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The Non-Millennial’s Guide to Snapchat

This guide for anyone who just “doesn’t get” Snapchat (aka non-millennials).

I’ll teach you what “the kids” are doing all day on Snapchat, and show you the best ways that you can try the app out yourself.

Stay tuned for a full guide (written, not recorded) coming soon to this blog.

How to cancel your iTunes Match subscription

I’ve been keeping all my music in iTunes Match, Apple’s $24.99/year subscription service that syncs your entire music library across all your Apple devices. But I just got the Amazon Echo, so it’s time to give all my music to Alexa instead!

The off switch for the iTunes Match subscription is tucked away in settings, so I made this video to help anyone who wants to cancel their subscription, too.

My best of 2015: A year in review

Dann New Years Fireworks

Sitting here on New Year’s Eve day, I can’t help but feel reflective (as you can see from the gif). I like to take this time to go over my previous year-end posts (2012, 2013) and craft a new mega-post for this year. These types of posts are mostly for my own use, but I always like to post them publicly just in case any of this information can help you in any way. Oh, the book links are affiliate links. Just a heads up.

This has been a big and eventful year, so let’s just dive right in.

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Using a Debian ISO instead of a CD-ROM in your sources.list

I recently purchased a home server (Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 with Intel Xeon E3-1225). My goal with this purchase is to learn a little bit more about Linux, play around with Xen a bit, and eventually create a home-base for all my media and files.

I’ve been documenting every single step of the process in my personal wiki, but I want to take select pieces from that and turn them into mini tutorials. This is one of those pieces.

The sources.list file

Linux is designed to be installed from a CD-ROM, which feels so old-school to me. I haven’t owned a CD or DVD player or burner in years — none of my laptops have them, I have no gaming systems, and I stream all my media to an Amazon Fire TV running Kodi. So installing Linux from a CD just felt wrong.

I chose to work with Debian, specifically because that’s one of the Linux flavors we use at work. I downloaded the ISO (or CD image file) from the official website, “burned” it onto a USB stick, and installed.

However, when I tried to use the apt-get command to install some software, specifically lvm2, I got this error:

Media change: please insert the disc labeled
 'Debian GNU/Linux 8.2.0 _Jessie_ - Official i386 CD Binary-1 20150906-10:02'
 in the drive '/media/cdrom/' and press enter

Even though I installed Debian from a USB stick, it was still looking for a CD in the CD drive. I needed some way to tell the system to look somewhere else. Continue reading