Mnemonic as a Service

September 6, 2014

The mnemonic wordlist is fascinating Naming servers is fun. At my very first job, we used the names of deceased family members. I’ve seen simpsons characters, Greek and Indian gods, and long unpronounceable drug names (BAD IDEA). I mainly deploy in the cloud now, so I hadn’t really thought much about naming things for several years. At least until I found this fantastic guide from the nice folks at mnx. ... Read more

very small linux containers

September 5, 2014

These are my notes, but you can follow along. Since we sysadmins climbed from the primordial ooze of mainframes, we’ve been advocating for a one-to-one mapping of services to hosts. That makes things like security and updates easier. The problem is that computers are fantastically fast. When they’re only doing one thing, that generally means that they spend most of their time sitting around doing nothing. To take advantage of that time doing nothing, modern computers run hundreds of programs at once. ... Read more

Bulgarian and Erlang

August 5, 2013

I’m a traveler and a professional programmer. Both require constant learning and adaptation. Both require me to change the way I think rather frequently. And, both have taught me to embrace new perspectives. As a traveler, I’ve been fortunate enough to spend several years at a time living in various places. The most different for me so far was Bulgaria, and it started with the language. Bulgarian lacks a word for “fun”. ... Read more

Graph Any Django Model

June 26, 2013

In my django applications, I often find myself wanting to graph events per day. Take signups using the standard contrib.auth User model for example. It’s helpful to know how many people signed up each day last month and the month before. A graph is a quick way to get an impression of how my application is doing. I wrote a combination of python and javascript to make these graphs with flotcharts for any django model. ... Read more

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