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Weekly Challenge 9: Stretch

Weekly challenge 9 will be structured slightly different than previous challenges. Because I’m trying to reduce the number of apps and things to update as well as to schedule things on my calendar, I’m dropping my personal use of That said, if it works for you please keep using it to motive yourself!

This weeks challenge is a simple one, but one we probably all forget about. I want you to simply stretch every day. From what I’ve read our bodies start to tighten up as we get older and that can lead to other problems or at least make them worse.

So add stretching to your habit tracker, calendar, or task list of choice. If you still want accountability or to chat, just use this blog’s commenting features.

We Believe

There’s no reason in today’s day and age that everyone shouldn’t have access to safe and clean water. Today I’ve recommitted myself by setting up a recurring contribution to charity:water. Will you join in? Donate today.

It’s Time to Grow Up and Figure this Out

“These are weapons of war”. “Nobody I know or have ever met in my entire life should have access to a weapon that can kill so many people so quickly”

OwnCloud webapp not reflecting true list of files

If you’re using OwnCloud and have a process whereby your add or remove files from directories via some sort of server process, you may find that you need to force OwnCloud to update/rescan the file listing. To do so you can manually run the following command…

sudo -u username php /path/to/owncloud/console.php files:scan --all

You may also want to consider adding it to the crontab for “username” on a daily basis.

Thanks to this site for pointing me in the right direction.

Sendmail isn’t sending to : Linux

Say you’re using sendmail to relay email on a web server that you own that’s named “”, and email is being delivered fine to any domain except What could be the problem?

  1. Rename your server. No server should be named with an actual domain name.
  2. Change /etc/hostname to the new name for your server
  3. Update /etc/hosts to remove the domain name and replace with the new hostname
  4. Remove the domain name from /etc/mail/local-host-names
  5. Restart sendmail “sudo service sendmail restart”
  6. Restart your server “sudo reboot”

Once you’ve done that test sendmail out like so…

echo "command line test" | mail -s "Sendmail test"

Improved Linux command history

With four lines setup one time you can type the beginning of a command (ex: “ls”) then press the up and down arrows to see the most recent commands containing the text you typed (ex: “ls ~/scripts”) making it much easier to find what you’re looking for. To make this happen, create a text file called .inputrc in your home folder and put the following four lines inside:

"\e[A": history-search-backward
"\e[B": history-search-forward
set show-all-if-ambiguous on
set completion-ignore-case on

Weekly Challenge 8: Go to Bed!

Weekly challenge 8 is the compliment to what we were trying to achieve in the week 1 and week 4 weekly challenges.

Numerous studies have shown how important the amount of sleep we get is. It affects important things like our mood, memory, and ability to control ourselves/impulses. Take a minute to read this article by the National Sleep Foundation, this article by Sleepdex, and the info-graphic at the bottom of this post. Then, set a timer/alarm that’s at least 7 hours before the alarm you set in week 4 (which you’re still doing, right?). You may even consider setting an alarm for the amount of sleep you want plus a buffer so that you can wrap up what you’re doing or prep the next day so you’re ready to go when your alarm goes off in the morning.

Personally, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m more of a night owl than a super early morning person so I’m getting up at 6:15. From what I can tell I need about 6.5-7 hours of sleep so that means I need to be asleep by 11:15 to 11:45 (asleep, not just getting into bed). Based on that I’ll be setting an alarm for 10:30 as a reminder that it’s time to start wrapping things up. What about you? What’s your schedule? How much sleep do you need?

To join the challenge follow this link or go to my goal page where you can find it and join in. Each day when you went to be at your scheduled time be sure to “check in” on

Suggested Sleep Time

Weekly Challenge 7: Be Present

Sorry for the delay, so hopping right to it… Here’s to the lucky #7 weekly challenge!

This weeks challenge is all about being present in our daily interactions. About taking the time for our loved ones. Let’s start with getting acquainted with the “do not disturb” function on our phone. Look it up if you don’t know how it works. Now, everyday before you go to work and when you come home I want you to turn “do not disturb” on. Maybe even consider setting your phone somewhere you’re not going to look at it.

Don’t like that idea? Then turn off notifications. I’ll be doing a mix of the two. Might even turn off sound/vibrate on sms/messaging. The point here is to help get rid of that temptation to always be checking your phone, and it does not help if it’s always nagging you for your attention.

So, needless to say, if you have a job where you’re on-call and responsible for any sort of critical function you should either wait on this challenge or not participate (though I’d recommend waiting). Outside of that, I hope you’ll join me in giving your family and loved ones more attention.

To join the challenge follow this link or go to my goal page where you can find it and join in. Each day when you’ve ate nice and clean without any junk be sure to “check in” on

Weekly Challenge 6: Eat Clean

If you’re been following along at home with the weekly challenges you should now be getting up earlier, have smooth clean teeth, be more relaxed, and writing all about it! Seriously though it’s been interesting to see what is sticking and what is not.

This weeks challenge is to try and clean out our systems a bit by “eating clean”. What do I mean by that? Whatever you want it to mean. We’re all adults and know whats not good for us. For me, my stomach has been queasy for a while now nearly every morning. Of the 3 things I think it could be, two of them are diet related so my focus will be on no sweets and no alcohol. I realize that I could have made these into 2 separate challenges, and maybe I’ll extend one or the other depending on the outcome of this weeks challenge.

What about you? What is “eating clean” going to mean to you?

To join the challenge follow this link or go to my goal page where you can find it and join in. Each day when you’ve ate nice and clean without any junk be sure to “check in” on

Weekly Challenge 5: Floss

Hope everyone who participated in the 1st 4 weekly challenges has had great success, and is excited for this weeks. Waking up earlier hasn’t been too bad, but I had limited success w/ meditation. How about you?

This weeks challenge is to take up a habit that many dentists say is even more important than brushing your teeth. That habit is of course, flossing. If you’re anything like me you probably don’t do this nearly as much as you should.

You may have even gotten on a kick once or twice, but then fell of the bandwagon. Well here’s a chance to get back on or get started. Either way there’s no shame, and I’d love for all of us to have healthier teeth and happier dental hygienists 🙂

To join the challenge follow this link or go to my goal page where you can find it and join in. Each day when you have nice clean teeth, be sure to “check in” on