Brookstone LED Fan Editor Software

I recently received a Brookstone Message Fan with Floating LED Display as a gift.  It lets users edit the floating text on the fan which displays while it rotates!  Cool!

Unfortunately the fan only comes with a CD for the software, and I did not have a CD drive (hello 2017!).  There is a link on Brookstone’s website that lists a link for the software, but it only contains an executable file when the application itself actually needs a few more references.  When I first opened the software I got an error: “Can’t Load LIB\WxkUSB.dll”.

A quick Google search led me to this YouTube Video “Brookstone fan message Lib Wxkusb.dll File to Install – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GtIcglWmjQ&vl=en“.  That video links to a DropBox URL for the .dll file, but downloading that and trying to run the application I still got an error.

I finally got my hands on a CD drive and extracted the entire software package to edit the LED Fan from Brookstone.  Once I use these files I was able to edit the fan settings in just a few minutes!  I zipped them all up and uploaded them to my Google Drive and shared with everyone.  Hope this helps!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bakWV0ylNh5jaEyH9xIfkn5kETVZ4yJM/view?usp=sharing

Knightmare: A DevOps Cautionary Tale

Incredible. DevOps always watch, document, and review your deployments!

Doug Seven

I was speaking at a conference last year on the topics of DevOps, Configuration as Code, and Continuous Delivery and used the following story to demonstrate the importance making deployments fully automated and repeatable as part of a DevOps/Continuous Delivery initiative. Since that conference I have been asked by several people to share the story through my blog. This story is true – this really happened. This is my telling of the story based on what I have read (I was not involved in this).

This is the story of how a company with nearly $400 million in assets went bankrupt in 45-minutes because of a failed deployment.

Background

Knight Capital Group is an American global financial services firm engaging in market making, electronic execution, and institutional sales and trading. In 2012 Knight was the largest trader in US equities with market share of around 17% on each the…

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