We powered through Movember this year with a bigger network, Webstache, and over 80 participants. Pivotal Labs – all four US offices – plus our friends at Square, Sharethrough, and Halogen all grew whiskers and helped raise money to end “dude cancer”.
In 30 days, we met our goal of raising $20,000 for Livestrong and The Prostate Cancer Foundation and then some – the current tally is $23,318.
But that’s not enough. We had Pivots who couldn’t grow mustaches. And Pivots who had mustaches who didn’t want to shave them. What are these Pivots to do?
Someone said, “But a Mohawk is like a mustache…FOR YOUR HEAD.” Then there was much betting and cajoling and smack talk. In the end, Pivotal agreed to donate $500 to Movember for each Pivot that got a mohawk.
Which meant we needed to have Mohawk shaving parties in New York and San Francisco. Pivots in the Boulder and Denver offices, as well as a couple of remote Pivots did the same.
Total: 28 ‘hawks shaved (plus Gregg, the one with the green & purple one-day ‘do merited a half-donation) and another big donation coming to Movember from their friends at Pivotal Labs. We may break $40K before the donations close.
Big thanks to my fellow Pivots for growing, donating, raising, and yes, shaving. And HUGE thanks to Pivotal Labs for tolerating all of this and making the big donation this year.
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“Is there a good JS/HTML code editor that will expand to fix the contents?”
A team is just getting started with putting in a code editor and is currently using ACE. It doesn’t seem like there’s a way to tell it to take up as much height as it needs. Many suggestions were thrown out, FCK and TinyMCE being two, but none was known to auto size itself. There is one that no one can remember the name of, but they had fond memories of from the past.
- Webstash passed the $20k mark that Davis & Sean had been shooting for–congratulations everyone! (This does not include Rob’s generous Mohawk donation). SF has raised $323.36 per stash, NY $163.40 and Boulder $210.50. There’s still time to donate.
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“Postgres SELECT * GROUP BY insists that all selected fields must either appear in the GROUP BY or be aggregated.”
Many agreed that this is, in fact, how a database should behave and that MySQL’s leniency on this matter is faulty. If you select a field that you don’t group by, you must tell Postgres how to combine the sub-set of values that fall in a given group into a single result (should it take the max? the min? the mean? the most purple?).
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Why does my md5 change when the timezone changes?
A pivot found that the tests of MD5 generation fail if the machine is in a different time zone. While one of the inputs to the hash is the time, he swears up and down that it’s integer seconds since the epoch, and is the same on both boxes.
- Tomorrow is Mo’hawk day at the Pivotal SF Office. It will be live streamed, with color commentary by our own Davis Frank. The live stream may be a PPV event, please have a major credit card available.
“How do I choose the value of a select box programmatically? The val function does not seem to do the trick.”
Try setting the desired option as selected and then trigger a change event on the select input.
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- The latest RubyMine EAP has improved code formatting options!