Whiteboard Image Optimization

My Twitter Feed featured a nifty looking whiteboard cleaner as a gist, which I shared with some other friends. Unfortunately, getting ImageMagick installed isn't always a trivial task. It's also a pretty big project to install just to try something out, so I decided to spend an afternoon building a…

  • 2014-04-05

Times, they are a changin'

A while back, I stopped writing blog posts on my Blogger blog and started up an experiment with Jekyll. I ended up with a really fast, nice looking blog that was technically very cool. I had a git repository with a post-recieve hook that would recompile the site, minify the…

  • 2014-04-02

Simple FreeBSD 9.2 ZFS Root Install with mfsbsd

I think the Zetabyte File Sytem (ZFS) is the best filesystem out there for data you want to be sure is safe and quickly accessible. I try to store at least one copy of ALL my data on ZFS, and perform regular maintinance on my ZFS systems. One thing that…

  • 2013-10-14

AWS SQS Emulator in Ruby

SQS is a simple, reliable queing service offered as part of Amazon's web services. It's really not a bad queue at all, but it has very limited gauruntees. In fact, the only thing it really garuntees is that if you sucessfully enqueue a message it will deliver it at least…

  • 2013-09-26

Check Update Updated

A while back, I wrote a nifty couple of scripts that would neatly & consistently format your apt-get or yum pending updates for easy reading via a weekly cronjob. The output looks something like this: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Weekly Update Notification for alpha.codatory.net -> 16 update(s) available --------------------------------------------------------------------------------…

  • 2013-09-16

Chromecast Review

Caveat Emptor: This device is designed for a specific usage pattern that happens to align well with how I intend to use it. That doesn't mean it will work well for your specific application. So, what are my usage patterns? I should start by introducing myself as a happy Sonos…

  • 2013-07-30