Author Archives: Nick Bernstein

Cool things I’ve gotten to play with at my startup

For the last year or so I’ve been working on a tech startup with some friends. In doing so, I’ve gotten to work with some pretty cool stuff, and I thought I’d make a list of some of them. Continue reading

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A letter to my congresswoman

I thought I would put up a letter I recently wrote to my congresswoman, Maxine Waters, regarding the recent information that has come to light about torture under the Bush administration. I am writing you today in regards to the … Continue reading

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A quick perl script for used car research on craigslist

After carmax tried to gouge me, I thought I would test the open market and write a quick perl script to give me the average price for an item on craigslist -in this case a car. Here’s how it works and the code is below. It should be really easy to modify for anyone who could use something like this: Continue reading

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Playing with Bayes

For the last day or so I’ve been playing with moving over my simple word-count-analysis of blogs to actually creating a database with manually ranked training data and extrapolating from that. There were some hiccups and I’ve still got to go back and replace a lot of code, but it’s effectively categorizing new blog entries based on previous rankings. YAY! Continue reading

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Dear Bestbuy, why don’t you value me as a customer?

On my birthday, I drove from one store to another in the boston area trying to find a dell mini 9 netbook. I eventually did, the last one they had, which was an open box return, mid wipe. I purchased … Continue reading

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An alternative approach to snaprestore rollbacks for virus outbreaks

overview Netapp’s snap restore product is a fantastic tool in a storage admin’s arsenal. It works well. It’s fast, and it doesn’t need to “restore” data, it just makes a previous snapshot the active file system. That said, I keep … Continue reading

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Teachin’ ain’t easy.

I am very, very jet lagged. I’m not entirely sure what it is, but there’s something that knocks you on your ass when you travel in the middle of the week. I think it’s that everyone’s a *little* tired on … Continue reading

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Heading to Ft. Lauderdale

I’m blatantly ignoring the fact that I need to get up early tomorrow to fly to Ft. Lauderdale, and I’m not packed. I’m looking forward to it. Depending on how busy I am, there’s a chance I may get to … Continue reading

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I don’t want to take my shoes off.

I’ve thought about all the different things that I’d like to see from an Obama Administration, and I think that’s the one I’d like to see first. This fixation on (false) security at airports is one of the most visible … Continue reading

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Ops 101: Change Control

Intro A while back I decided I wanted to put down on paper some of the lessons I learned working as a systems admin and having worked in an enterprise environment with thousands of servers. Some lessons I learned in … Continue reading

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