Random Meetup Attendee Bookmarklet

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Here’s a bookmarklet I created for selecting a random attendee of a Meetup. I use it for giving away copies of my book after giving a talk. To use it, click and drag the below link onto your toolbar. Once you’re on a meetup event page you can click the link in your bookmark bar… Read more »

Advanced Microservices

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My third book has now been published! It’s titled Advanced Microservices and was published through Apress in June, 2017. Buy Advanced Microservices on Amazon Buy Advanced Microservices on Apress This book contains a lot of knowledge I’ve learned throughout the past few years. It contains a broad set of information about many things related to… Read more »

Upgrading to the XPS 13 (9350)

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After five years with the same highly-upgraded Early 2011 MacBook Pro 15″, and a recent trip to the Apple Store for a motherboard replacement, it hit me that my laptop is living on borrowed time and that I should probably get a new machine. What I wanted was an Ultrabook, a lightweight machine with a decent CPU and can run… Read more »

The Oatmeal Tumblebeasts Download

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Back in the day, The Oatmeal released their Tumblebeasts free to use for the world! And, after spending enough time on Google trying to find them and coming up with nothing, I figure I might as well make them available here! Download The Oatmeal Tumblebeasts

Making TextMate 2 Less Ugly

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I love pretty things. The default TextMate 2 icon is not pretty. It’s a big ugly pink flower. All of the filetype icons are also pink flowers. Everything looks the same and it’s hard to know what files you’re looking at at first glance. I downloaded a bunch of icons from Icon Archive, and went… Read more »

Arch Linux DHCPCD timeouts

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I’m getting some timeout issues I’ve never had before, after running a massive pacman upgrade on my Arch install. Anyone else seen these issues before? I’m able to make connections, list networks, etc., but when it comes to running dhcpcd it just fails hardcore. $ sudo dhcpcd wlan0 –debug dhcpcd[944]: version 5.5.6 starting dhcpcd[944]: wlan0:… Read more »

The Future of Augmented Reality

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There’s this cool new technology being developed called Augmented Reality (AR). How it works is there is a camera (such as the camera of a mobile phone or a tablet computer) which is recording some real-life scene. And, in this scene, is an object with a patter on it which an app viewing the live… Read more »

Arch Linux Raspberry Pi GPIO Issues

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I’ve had a frustrating time using the GPIO features of the Raspberry Pi under Arch Linux. For the GPIO to work, there is a directory where one can simply pass an integer into different ‘files’ to enable or disable a GPIO pin. Unfortunately, when using them, there are permission errors: $ sudo echo “4” >… Read more »

The care and feeding of software engineers

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This great article, entitled “The care and feeding of software engineers“, does a pretty good job talking about us software engineers and why we do the things we do. The article quotes a tweet by Mark Berry, which does a good job of summing up burn-out: I can’t state this enough: Programmers don’t burn out… Read more »

Resize Raspberry Pi SD Card Partition

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If you’re like me, you’ve got an 8GB or so SD card for your Raspberry Pi, and the 2GB image leaves a bunch of unused space. You can follow this tutorial for resizing the partition size and reclaiming your 6GB or so lost space.