Manually Entering in Host-only Networks to Bypass Mirantis OpenStack VirtualBox Script Errors

Create the following manually in VirtualBox > Preferences > Network > Host-only Networks.

If the first host-only adapter fails to take the setting after clicking ok and returning to the dialog, try setting the last part of the IP to .2 instead of .1. This seems to be an issue on Windows hosts:




Then comment out the following line in (36):

./actions/ || exit 1

Removing Application and Device Control (ADC) from Symantec Endpoint Protection Fixed VirtualBox

I can now finally use VirtualBox 4.3.14. Interesting that disabling the ADC policy was not enough, we had to remove ADC from the workstation itself before VirtualBox would start.

InjectedDLL will reveal when sysfer.dll is being injected into Windows processes.

University is a Bad Investment, Engagement is What Matters

University is an Unwise Investment:

Very thought provoking. Engagement is a core theme in this debate — what engages people cannot be met by a single solution, entity, etc. No matter how we choose to engage with the community & our own education, what’s most important is the act of engagement itself, and maintain that each and every day; during and after college, vocational school, independent study, employment, etc. If what we are doing is failing to engage, month after month, something is wrong, which I don’t think we always give ourselves the chance to reflect and see this for what it is. We’re too busy and afraid of making the wrong decision, what would my family think if I dropped out? What if I lose my job, will I still be employable without a degree? It’s not a few bad weeks here and there, but months of failing to engage, which should be a flag that we’ve chosen the wrong path or are in the middle of a rut. Whether it’s the student sleeping through their classes or the employee who does the minimum, it comes down to the same issue, disengagement.

It was my part time college years in 2004 through 2010 that interested me in many subjects, kept me engaged, accountable, and to fully leverage the opportunities around me. It lead me to setup personal routines and persisting until getting employed while completing projects to demonstrate skill. It connected me to countless mentors, students, and professors who would take time out of their day to remind me that everything was ok and that, if I stuck it out, that somehow everything would work out. It wasn’t having college experience that I was hired as a software engineer at a Fortune 1000 from what I have been told, but what I ultimately started doing afterward as a result — over a dozen job applications until finally getting hired, working freelance projects when employers turned me down, voraciously studying textbooks on my own time outside of a college setting, connecting over completed coursework, etc. So in my case I’d say a combination of college & practical experience is what ended up paying dividends, because, for whatever reason, it kept me engaged. I might not have a college degree today, but I feel deeply thankful and enriched by my college experience. The terror of dropping out reminded me of something a professor told me years ago: you can always come back, in a very nonchalant way. He’s right, I could always come back, even if the job didn’t pan out. His words freed me to explore an opportunity, rather than obsessing over the degree itself. For the first time in my life, I felt free, and terrified.

All I can say is that for me, University was never an investment, but a lifeline to something better, and has immeasurably contributed to my happiness and productivity. It connected me to others who ultimately helped push me out of my comfort zone and instructed me on how I can seek more from my own life; actions I could take, circumstances I could control, that might just influence my ability to make a place for myself in this world, whether it be a job, or a new startup, it all seemed possible and within reach.

Re: Why the Ambitious Are the Least Likely to be Successful

Re: Why the Ambitious Are the Least Likely to be Successful

I think a critical point is that, you can start with ambition, and end up with a healthy regular schedule of work that satisfies not only external rewards we originally, and continue, to seek, but, to also find joy in work we find internal resistance to, from time to time. I’d argue that we all, at some point, find resistance to just about anything and everything we encounter. I think Stephen Pressfield’s, Do The Work (, illustrates this nicely. I also feel we shouldn’t discount mindset, and from what perspective we move forward in going about our daily lives. I totally see your point, if you are stuck looking for external rewards over a long period of time, month after month, year after year, it is not sustainable. It’s the same reason why I don’t stay at my high paying corporate job only because of the benefits and great salary, that’s only a starting point. If it weren’t for the intrinsic rewards of not only developing software engineering skills, but also learning how larger organizations work, and improving my learning how to learn (e.g. SQ3R, mind mapping, visualization, etc), I don’t think I would have made it as far as I have in my 12 year professional coding career. I think a lot of the commenters haven’t taken a step back to see the bigger picture here — ambition can be very bad in the long term, if that is the sole fuel moving someone forward. He never said it served no purpose, only that, hopefully, over time, that initial ambition will be replaced with other, more sustainable experiences, such as: enjoyment, passion, resolve, genuine interest, learning, sense of meaning, personal development, reflection, etc.

Thank you for this post, if nothing else, I feel it has succeeded in compelling some to reflect more on their work and their approach in life, which is the point of this kind of article anyway, right?

Loud Bicycle is Coming in October 2013!

Finally a company has released a compact bicycle car horn. Sounds identical to a standard compact car at 112 db, with high and low notes, all for under $100.

My custom car horn installation, with 2 RadioShack 7.2 V NiMH battery packs, cost about $150, plus my time, to macguyver and install. I like how much smaller the built-in USB LiPO batteries make this powerful horn, all with 30 seconds of continuous honking possible, and 1-2 months between recharges.

Check out Loud Bicycle here: