Optimal Colors for Graphs[in RGB Hex]

I’ve been using jqxChart for a bunch of projects and it works okay. It’s great if you’re working on a fixed set of columns but it can be a bit of a pain if the columns are generated dynamically. But I ran head long into a real problem this week because if you have more than four series on the same graph by default it uses some very similar blue colors.

I figured there must be a better way to do this and after an extremely quick Google search I found this article:

Optimal Colors for Graphs

The article includes this graph which is super helpful if you’re using Excel (which the blog post references) but I needed to use it in a CSS document so I needed to convert it from decimal RGB to hex RGB and I figured I could post the results so others could use them.


#7293CB #E1974C #84BA5B #D35E60 #808585 #9067A7 #AB6857 #CCC210

Lines and Points

#396AB1 #DA7C30 #3E9651 #CC2529 #535154 #6B4C9A #922428 #948B3D

Link Post: Your company WILL be a software company

There are lots of really great existing software solutions for typical business problems today. Must Win relies on a few: Google apps, Slack, ZenPayroll, and several others. We love them, and they brought us far. But with all of these third-party tools, you will inevitably reach a point where you wish it did something a little differently. Often, you end up needing to do some development work to get what you want out of it.

At Zimco, we’re focused on creating custom software solutions so normally people come to us when they can’t find an off the shelf solution. But I’m amazed at how many times I can find software that does 90% of what they need but because that 10% is so critical to their business that they need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to custom build what they really need. It’s better for us when we can use an API to interact with a third party so we can add that additional 10% for them instead of having to write 100% of a new solution.


Always Buy a Case

I’ve been a big fan of the iPhone since it came out but I’ve always been too cheap to actually pay for the service plan so I’ve had to live with using iPod Touch. I’ve had a fourth generation iPod Touch for about four years but last month we finally took the plunge and purchase iPhones!

Two Sundays after we got them my wife and I had plans to purchase cases for them. The day before that, we went for a walk with my daughter and I took my phone out to look something up and I dropped it. On it’s face. On the sideway. Breaking it’s screen. After less than two weeks.

In the 6 years that I’ve had my iPod Touch I’ve dropped it numerous times and never broken it. I think this is because I’ve always purchased a rugged case.

Enter the iFixit.com

My first plan was to send it into Apple and have them repair it but the estimated price to have just the screen fixed was almost $300!

I started looking into alternatives and I found iFixit.com. They sell a kit with all the tools you need to replace the screen and the screen for a little over $100 after shipping (I was actually amazed someone still charges for shipping but I guess I’m used to buying everything from amazon.com). They also have a nice how to replace the screen guide (which [spoiler alert] is just about the biggest pain in the butt). It took me a couple hours because I REALLY didn’t want to break anything extra.

The only thing I wish I had know before hand is that there are two options for this. The one I purchased doesn’t have the front facing camera and earpiece speaker and you have to transfer them from the old one to the new one. They have an option with these pieces already installed. It’s $10 more expensive but it would have saved me a bunch of work and I wouldn’t have had to purchase this iOpener tool that they sell.

Reclaim Your Reserved Hard Drive Space

We just added a 700 GB drive to one of our cloud servers and we ran into a horrible problem. We couldn’t use 5% of it.

Normally, this isn’t a problem because who really uses 95% of there drive but this particular server is used to store long term backups of STAGES so we need every byte. In order to fix this you can run the following command so it only reserves 1% of the drive:

tune2fs -m 1 /dev/sdaa

Where /deve/sdaa is the newly added drive.