Before I get into this post too far, yes, I’m now a Mac user. Not exactly a fanboy yet, but my new employer let me choose between a Windows laptop and a MacBook for my work computer, so I chose–wisely. I’d been using Ubuntu on an HP laptop (ugh to HP) for a few years, so it seemed like a chance to try something new at no cost to me, which is my favorite cost.
As you can see from my other posts about virtualization, I’m a big fan of Virtualbox, but this post is about VMware Fusion, which was provided to me with my MacBook.
On to the tips…
I’ve been creating a testing environment for tacacs+ servers for a Cisco networking environment as well as Puppet server management, and I’m horrible with remembering IP addresses, unless there’s a very distinct pattern. When you use NAT in Fusion, addresses are assigned to guests VMs via DHCP in an automatically generated scope. The problem is, every time you boot your server you may get a new DHCP address! That sucks.
What to do?
Since the last post about those nifty little QR codes was so awesome, I thought I’d add one more: creating QR codes using the goo.gl URL shortener, automatically. Hang on a sec, before you hyperventilate, it is possible.
If you’re a Google Chrome user, there’s a browser extension called goo.gl URL Shortener that will reach out to Google’s URL shortener API to create a short URL for you on the fly. Sadly, I don’t think the web interface for goo.gl is available otherwise. Once you have a goo.gl short URL, all you have to do to get the corresponding QR code for that URL is add .qr to the end of it, like so:
When wrapped in image tags, it looks like this:
And here’s the HTML:
<img src="http://goo.gl/EFj6.qr" alt="QR code for eison.net" />
If you have a smart phone, hopefully Android, you’ve probably seen a QR code or two. Yep, they’re those crazy, bar code-looking things that you can scan with your phone’s bar code reader, that will link you directly to something, like an app in the Android Market.
Turns out that there are lots of QR code generators out here that’ll help you create a code for quite a few things: Android Market apps, URLs, a block of text, or your contact information. If you take a look at the other posts and pages on this site, you’ll see examples of three of those. It’s great to be able to use someone else’s code to generate things for you, but what if you found out that you can do the same thing with just a little HTML of you own?
Occasionally, I come across things, ideas that just seem really cool, and Wordle is definitely one of them. I’m not too sure how one would use it in everyday life, but it just looks, well…interesting, especially if you’re into words and/or examining the importance of words in different uses. Using Wordle, it’s really easy to see the patterns in your own, or someone else’s, text.
Here’s one based on my About Me: