Goodbye Wordpress, hello Pelican

I spent some time converting my Wordpress blog over to Pelican. Overall, it wasn't effortless and required quite a lot of manual clean up of links and images. But, I'm a pack rat and want to preserve my writings even if they are dated or silly now, so ...

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Armed to the gills - Dell C6100 build out

The fine folks over at ServeTheHome have done a fantastic job documenting the Dell C6100. This is a rather interesting system because:

  1. It packs quite a bit of compute power into 2U for colocation
  2. They are surprisingly cheap on the secondary markets

I'll lead you over to the ServeTheHome ...

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Playing with Play Framework and Plivo

One of the interesting things about Scala is how well it composes. This is the primary "Scalable" in Scalable Language. I'm writing this up to share my experience and track my progression in a partially contrived but interesting example.

So I'm playing around with Plivo, which is a ...

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Zabbix 1.8.9 Debian Squeeze Backport

I was beginning to get hit by many bad things in the Debian Squeeze zabbix 1.8.2 package. If you aren't aware, zabbix is a nifty data center monitoring system and is only slightly annoying compared to most other systems which are very annoying to set up and ...

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Configuration Management Software Sucks

Yes. Configuration Management Software Sucks. Horribly.

The main problem is that n-th order tweakability is preferred over convention It's just stupid. There are a core set of things that just about everybody needs to do. Those should be dead simple. Ready to uncomment and run. The set operating systems ...

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GUNNAR Optiks Computer Glasses Review

Intro

As one might expect from a computing professional, I spend a lot of time in front of LCD screens. This is coupled to the modern assault of Compact Florescent Lights (CFL). These are both heavy on the blue spectrum. Depending on what you read and believe [1], this can ...

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No Nonsense Logging in C (and C++)

A lot of times people do zany things and try and reinvent wheels when it comes to programming. Sometimes this is good: when learning, when trying to improve state of the art, or when trying to simplify when only Two-Ton solutions are available.

For a current daemon project I need ...

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