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Effective Meetings

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Effective meetings are an important element in running a high-performance organization. Meetings provide a high-fidelity and efficient means to quickly communicate, collaborate, and coordinate. However, too often meeting lack the structure to necessary to drive the desired outcomes. Meeting Invite The following provides a high-level outline of the primary sections to include in meeting invites. Agenda [required]: Have an agenda for the meeting that defines what topic(s) are to be discussed. Briefing Document [optional]: 1 […]

How to create webm videos on Windows (convert mp4 to webm)

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Overview WebM is a free and open video format designed for HTML5. WebM is an open source project sponsored by Google. You can learn more at the WebM website. Install Miro Video Converter Open http://www.mirovideoconverter.com. Click Download. When the download is finished double-click MiroVideoConverter_Setup.msi. Click Next. Select Custom Installation. Uncheck Install the AVG toolbar and set AVG Secure Search as my default search provider. Uncheck Set AVG Secure Search as my homepage and newly opened […]

Revert an uncommitted file in Git

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I’m a relatively recent convert from Subversion to Git, so getting to know the git equivalent of an svn command is challenging. Reverting a file in git actually uses the checkout command. For example, if you want to revert your uncommitted changes for a file named package/File.java, then you would use the following command: git checkout package/File.java

Convert CDH4 from YARN (MRv2) to MRv1

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Introduction I had configured only YARN in my original post on how to Install Cloudera Hadoop (CDH4) with YARN (MRv2) in Pseudo mode on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Importantly, YARN is not ready for production yet, so we’ll go ahead and install MRv1 to get some production development done. Stop the YARN Daemons We first have to stop all daemons associated with YARN only packages. sudo service hadoop-yarn-resourcemanager stop sudo service hadoop-yarn-nodemanager stop sudo service hadoop-mapreduce-historyserver […]

How to write professional emails (Top 10 list)

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I was going through my old notes as I’m cleaning our my closet. I came across the following notes, that I like a lot, on how to write a professional email. Use email macros to both improve your efficiency in replying to email, and to improve quality. End each sentence with the correct punctuation. Write short sentences. Each sentence should discuss only one topic. Use bulleted lists to simplify that information you are trying to […]

Saying bye to Google Wallet

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I’ve been “trying” to use Google Wallet for a couple of weeks now, and I’ve pretty much given up. When it works it’s great…but that’s the problem. You never know when it’ll actually work. First, it’s anybody’s guess if an in-store reader will even work. The same reader may work in the morning, then completely fail to work in the evening. If you go to 2 different Peet’s locations then you may be able to […]

Install Pentaho BI Server 4.5 on Windows 7 x64

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What is Pentaho Pentaho is an open source Business Intelligence (BI) Suite that comes in with either commercial support (http://www.pentaho.com/) and or community support (http://community.pentaho.com/). This post provides instructions for the Pentaho community edition suite. Install Pentaho BI Server 4.5 on Windows 7 x64 Install Java Your steps may vary slightly as I had an older version of the JDK installed. However, the gist is “just click Next till your done”. Download the Java JDK […]