It’s Lenny – April Fools!

It’s Lenny – April Fools!

In anticipation of April 1st, we’d like to introduce you to the newest member of the Outside Open team: Say hello to Lenny! Like everyone we get a lot of unsolicited sales calls. Some of the callers have been incredibly persistent so we thought we’d have a little fun with them. A couple of years ago we created the Rickroll line, an extension in our office that plays the Rick Astley hit Never Gonna GIve You Up. When a telemarketer called, we’d transfer them to the Rickroll extension. That was good fun but few were deterred by Mr Astley’s dulcet tones. (You can reach our Rickroll hotline at (805) 364-4511) Lenny is an automated bot – a set of recordings of what sound like an older antipodean gentlemen responding to random questions While searching for some fun to be had with phone systems, we came across Lenny. Lenny is an automated bot – a set of recordings of what sound like an older antipodean gentlemen responding to random questions. The bot starts out with a friendly greeting and then whenever there is a silence, a new question or comment is played – simulating a wonderfully obtuse conversation. He rambles on about his family, home, and finances, doing his best to never answer a question directly and to keep the caller on the line. All are welcome to send telemarketer calls to Lenny, there’s even a subreddit devoted to recordings made by others. Transfer your own April Fools victim to Lenny at (805) 765-1985 Using our Asterisk phone system we created a new extension that forwards to the Lenny hotline. All calls sent through this extension are played a brief announcement...
Install Homebrew on your Mac!

Install Homebrew on your Mac!

There are two fantastic tools to install on you new Mac: After you install iTerm2,  it’s time to install Homebrew! Homebrew is a package manager  – think apt-get for OS X.  It is trivial to install and instantly gives you access to thousands of open source tools and utilities. According to the creators of Homebrew, “Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t.” Visit http://brew.sh right now to get started! Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t.   Top 10 (or more) most useful Homebrew apps to get you started. (Paste this list into your terminal once you get Homebrew installed.) brew install git brew install git-open brew install wget brew install nmap brew install ncftp brew install lynx brew install iftop brew install bash-completion brew install suricata brew install ccze brew install ansible brew install mtr brew install ssh-copy-id brew install autossh brew install asciiquarium brew install cask brew install tree brew install speedtest_cli brew install certbot brew cask install --appdir="/Applications" unetbootin   Screenshot showing Homebrew installing mtr on Mac OS X. (mtr is a fun and useful ICMP tool which combines ping and traceroute into a realtime display of packet loss across all the path entries returned by traceroute.)...
Install this on your Mac: iTerm2

Install this on your Mac: iTerm2

There are some fantastic tools that your Mac needs to greatly boost it’s usability and power. Two big hitting “after market”  applications are iTerm2 and Homebrew – we’ll cover iTerm2 in this post and you can read about Homebrew for Mac here…  If you spend any time using a terminal, iTerm2 will become your hands-down favorite across all platforms! Our favorite feature is the ability to split your one window into multiple terminal session panes! Screenshot of iTerm2 in the classic Fibonacci spiral configuration. iTerm2 is a powerful alternative for the Terminal application that comes with Mac OS X.  iTerm2 has some great features like auto updates, unlimited history, mouse-less copy, instant replay and tabs but far and above the best feature is the ability to split your one window into multiple panes! Split panes allows you to divide your single iTerm2 terminal window both vertically and horizontally into as many sessions as you need. Running iTerm2 in full screen mode is pure joy! Download the latest version of iTerm here… iTerm2 will become your hands-down favorite terminal across all platforms… Setup After you download and install iTerm, there are a couple of minor configuration changes that you’ll need to make to boost the amazingness. Uncheck Show per-pane title bar with split panes Dimming amount: Move slider most of the way to the left Keyboard shortcuts to split the window into multiple bash sessions: To split your terminal vertically: Command + shift + D To split your terminal horizontally: Command + D This allows you to fit all your active sessions into panes in same screen or tab, making good use of that giant glossy real...
Awesome OO T-Shirts!

Awesome OO T-Shirts!

At Outside Open we collectively love Will Forte’s “Last Man on Earth” TV show.  As nerds and designers we also really enjoy the t-shirts worn by Forte’s character, Phil. When tasked with creating a tshirt for the OO team, I refused to just slap a logo on the top left corner like everyone else! Greg sent me a link to a Threadless t-shirt that he wears and this wonderful design by Budi Satria Kwan provided immediate inspiration – the design is awesome AND it was featured in Last Man – FTW! Even with all the details in the dandelion seeds and the little man with his spyglass, the design doesn’t feel too busy or crowded. I loved that the design was playful, whimsical, and fresh without being cheesy. It reminded me of a carefree, idyllic onwards and upwards approach to life. Playing off of Budi’s design, I integrated low poly triangles (my latest obsession), an “idea” lightbulb and the Outside Open logotype to come up with a design for our new shirts. onwards and upwards also onward and upward   If someone moves onwards and upwards, they continue being successful or making progress. The team are moving onwards and upwards after their third win this season. She started her publishing career as an editorial assistant and it was onward and upward from there. Here are some early drafts as I toyed with the design elements and concepts: And here is the final product 🙂 The shirts were printed locally by the super awesome Curt Crashaw @ Foundation Press  Want one? Drop by the office and say hi! They come in a fabulous orange or yellow and sizes S...