Thinking Out Loud

August 21, 2015

X-Window Fun

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 8:43 pm

When ssh -X to another host, I am able to use X-Windows.

[dinh@ca01ts~]$ ssh -X dinh@
dinh@'s password:
Last login: Fri Aug 21 11:55:47 2015 from
/usr/bin/xauth: creating new authority file /home/dinh/.Xauthority
[dinh@arrow ~]$ xclock
Warning: Missing charsets in String to FontSet conversion

However, sudo to another user and X-Windows breaks.

[dinh@arrow ~]$ sudo su - oracle
[sudo] password for dinh:
[oracle@arrow ~]$ xclock
X11 connection rejected because of wrong authentication.
X connection to localhost:10.0 broken (explicit kill or server shutdown).
[oracle@arrow ~]$

Work Around:

Just list the xauth.

[dinh@arrow ~]$ xauth list
arrow/unix:10 MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 8dfb6c468329ff0d5f5d962b094a82d3

Magic is here.

[dinh@arrow ~]$ xauth list | grep unix`echo $DISPLAY | cut -c10-12` > /tmp/xauth
[dinh@arrow ~]$ sudo su - oracle
[sudo] password for dinh:
[oracle@arrow ~]$ xauth add `cat /tmp/xauth`
xauth: creating new authority file /home/oracle/.Xauthority
[oracle@arrow ~]$ xclock
Warning: Missing charsets in String to FontSet conversion


May 20, 2015

Part1 Configuration Evodesk

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 10:47 pm

Installation was not bad.

Evodesk is the 2nd company I am aware of for using recesss nuts for desktop installation.

This makes much more sense than using wood screws.

However, pondering if Evodeskk will be the first company to used recess nuts for all components and get rid of wood screws.

Don’t you think the legs make  great towel rack?



May 19, 2015

First Impression for Evodesk Desktop Unboxing

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 12:53 am

Disclaimer: I am not being paid by anyone to write positive or negative review.

Opinions are my own based on my limited engineering background.

First, packaging is somewhat poor and could be much better for a desk costing close to $1,000 ($886 for my configuration).

Tape coming off.


I hope my desktop is okay.


Taking a look inside. Is that a tiny scratch I see?


After opening the desktop, this is the torn location – not enough foam.


Look at how much love I give it.

Desktop should be shipped in bubble wrap to prevent damage and scratch.

Cable Pass Through is way too small for 30” x 72”.


Most standing desks I was looking at are 1 inch thick.

By no means is this best in class as Evodesk Desktop is 3/4 inch thin.

You won’t find this information anywhere at Evodesk technical specification.


This is the programmer controller.

Openned ziplock bag and was this a returned repackaged?


My picture does not look at good as Evodesk –

I do like th Posi-Loc and was the final selling point.

Hope this is secure and does not spin.



It looks like Evodesk has updated the information for desktop. Either that or I was blind as a bat the first go round.

Renew™ Desktops

  • 100% reclaimed/recycled wood composite desktop
  • EvoGuard™ durable & stylish non-VOC seamless coating
  • Soft comfort edges eliminate nerve compression and pressure fatigue
  • Corners are slightly rounded for improved safety and style
  • Oversized 3” x 6” Cable Pass Through
  • Pre-drilled for quick and easy setup
  • Available sizes: 48″ (30” x 48″ x .75”), 60″ (30” x 60” x .75”), 72″ (30” x 72” x .75”)
  • Meets California Air Resources Board’s (CARB 2) stringent emission standard
  • Backed by a no-nonsense 2-year no-nonsense limited warranty

April 29, 2015

In Search of Standing Desk

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 11:07 pm

I came across Evodesk Standing Desk Review

Could not resist the temptation but reach out to @TreadmillDesker
You bark loud but how is ThermoDesk ELITE better EVODESK other than motor? $477=1333-886 is a lot for a motor. Let’s see pic.

Here is the respond I got back.
Thanks for the question! lab test of the Evo’s base concluded: slower speed, louder motors, and instability at taller heights.

Notice the respond was very vague. Slower speed comparing to? Louder motors comparing to? Instability comparing to?

Keep in mind @TreadmillDesker recommends ThermoDesk ELITE which it has an affiliation with and wonder if there is a bias here.

In my opinion, if a website is to perform a review and critique other products it should provide sufficient data.

Videos and pictures would be great.

Here’s is another marketing gimmick from @TreadmillDesker
Did You Know Office Fitness Can Be Tax Deductible?

Looks like I pinched another nerve and responded.
@TreadmillDesker you need to be clear that tax deductible is not the same as tax deduction. please don’t use tax deductible to lure people.

An item that is tax deductible means it may be included in the expense for a possible tax deduction but does not necessitate a tax deduction.
First, the individual would need to itemized. Next, only expenses exceeding 2% of AGI qualifies.
The likelihood of one getting a tax deduction is less than 10% and it’s not a truly a full deduction.

You might ask, what qualifies me to make this assessment. I am a retired Tax Advisor after 19 yrs of experience.

Don’t get me wrong, I really like ThermoDesk ELITE and in all fairness, the review was “perhaps most entertaining”

If there were compatibilities between the 2 companies, I would buy components from both to build the desk.

Lastly, here is a price comparison for the two desks,
ThermoDesk ELITE has a 50+% price premium but is there a 50% increase in performance, product, or quality?

Desktop Size: 30×72
$99 (shipping)

ThermoDesk ELITE – Electric 3D-Adjustable Desk with 72″ Tabletop
$99.00 (shipping)

Disclaimer: I do not have any affiliation with either companies nor am I compensated by any means for this post.

October 31, 2014

Better Communication

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 1:09 am

Sometimes I get excited over simple things. Today, I learned something new, something about human behaviors.

Basically, there are 4 quadrants for human behaviors.

If one does not understand the other person’s behavior, then communication can be very difficult.

To find more about human behaviors, read The DISC Model of Human Behavior – A Quick Overview.

Which quadrant are you in, versus your manager?

June 27, 2014

Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 3:39 am

I came across an interesting article Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less and thought to share with you.

Let’s use the rule of 72 as an example.

Basically, the rule of 72 is a simple method of determining the number of years an investment will double by dividing 72 by the rate of return.

With a 4% annual salary increase, salary will double in 18 years (72/4).

With an average 6% annual salary increase, salary will double in 12 years (72/6).

What’s the likelihood of getting an average 6% annual increase for 12 years while remaining at the same company? Next to none!

It’s definitely possible to double salary in 12 years depending on the starting point.

For salary starting with $40k is easier to achieve versus starting salary of $100k, per se.




June 17, 2014


Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 12:51 pm

Another wager lost to my daughter, this time an iPhone 5s.
Thank God she does not want the 6.

Learning the alphabets in school, A is for apple.
Earning straight A’s all the way through 8th grade.
Having dad pay for all the Apple toys – Priceless!

November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 3:15 pm

So there I was, one Thanksgiving I came across Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture and wanted to share with you.

November 13, 2013

5 C’s for Career Change

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 12:39 am

I have shared this with a few friends and colleagues here and there and thought I would blog about them.

Challenge – bored to death is not a good way to die.

Commute – driving 2 hours to work in traffic kills a lot of time.

Compensation – total compensation package including benefits and vacations.

Colleagues – how long can you work with people who don’t respect you?

Culture – corporate culture and team culture. Are they a fit?

If you cannot satisfied 3 out of 5, then consider a career (job) change.

October 13, 2013

What Motivates Me

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdinh @ 12:24 pm

5:18 a.m. in the morning, waken up by another CPU load at 39%. Why do I do this?

Previously, I did a post on motivation here

This is what motivates me!

Hello Michael,

It has been very short tenure working with you at (company). I would like to say thank you for all your help provided on couple of projects working with you. You have been always listening and being respectful of others, welcoming suggestions, opens for new ideas, admitting limitations, and maintaining composure by expressing disagreement calmly. Also you did find the ways to improve the critical issues with happy issue ending. This has been demonstrated during the data fix and flat file adaptor implementation for the WU Digital even though this was the transition period.

You puts thought process behind your words which I believe makes you respected individual at the workplace. Your knowledge of the technologies and its implementation to help the business makes you one of the best IT professional in the industry.

I would like to say thank you once again, wish you all the best for your new assignment.

Thank you,
Pravin (lastname)

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