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Going Vanilla with MySQL

Over the last few years I’ve gotten down and dirty with MySQL’s config file, my.cnf. I read and re-read the MySQL documentation as well as any blog posts I could find on the subject. I was able to keep my connections low with caching and fought against the InnoDB buffer […]

The Accidental MVP

Over the last 10 years I’ve been a single digit employee at two startups in the Tampa area and both companies had completely different approaches to product development. At The Online Outpost we build an inventory management and listing platform for eBay consignment shops (remember those?!). The product was originally […]

Node.js for Web Apps? Not so much.

I’m sure I’ll catch some flak for this from the Node.js community (which does seem to be thriving) but I’m just not seeing Node.js as a viable platform for building web applications. When I say web application, I specifically mean websites. The platform seems great for building small servers and […]

How a kindergarten teacher impacted my life

If I were writing this at the time, it probably would have been more of a diatribe than an insightful look at how someone shaped my life. The year was 1986 and I had just finished up a short stint in Catholic school for pre-school. Kindergarten was quite a culture […]

Lessons learned about directory based sharding

“Too many files?” is what I said in disbelief when I was having issues restoring a Linode backup a while back. I was sitting on over 10 million files after I had moved a metric shit ton of data from MySQL to disk and restructured the data structure for the […]

Getting real IP addresses using NodeBalancer and Nginx

This one’s pretty simple, but it’s not documented by Linode and most of the sites I found on Google were people ranting about a lack of documentation but failing to provide their solution. The situation is this, I’m running sites behind a Linode NodeBalancer and I want the user’s real […]

CSS ALL THE THINGS!

Just realized that I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the trenches with some CSS: My Projects LESS Grid Grid is a mixin for LESS, the CSS pre-processor (http://lesscss.org) for generating custom grid systems. The goal of the project is to create a grid system that reduces the […]

Linode vs. DigitalOcean

I’ve been seeing a lot of these posts popping up recently and figured I’d weigh in on the matter. Since everyone seems to be including benchmarks of disk I/O and such I’ll not only omit those, but I’d like to discuss the services offered and some of my perceptions after […]

My departure from CrowdSavings

Figured my birthday was a good day to talk about this in a public forum. Back in October I resigned my post as CTO at CrowdSavings.com in one of the most outlandish [even for me] exits I’ve been privy to. This actually all started April of 2011 when I was […]

Moving from Tumblr to Jekyll (and GitHub!)

As you may remember, I moved my blog (and my wife’s blog and every other site blog I have) to Tumblr. At the time, it made perfect sense. Tumblr’s platform is quite robust and they have a dedicated staff that is enhancing the system (something my own blogging platform did […]

Review: Anatomy Framework

From the developer, Nick Justice: Anatomy is a light-weight and responsive front end framework that invokes rapid development. I don’t usually review anything on here, let alone a framework, but it’s also not often that I get to use something new that’s built in my backyard of Tampa, FL. As […]

Command line website uptime checker using the OS X Notification Center

Honestly, the title of this post covers all the bases of my pre-Turkey consumption proof of concept turned full on project. Just a simple Ruby script that parses a configuration file and checks to see if the site is up (returning 2xx or 3xx code). If the site appears down […]

DKIM with multiple domains with Exim4

Maybe my Google-fu was off when I was originally trying to figure this one out, but when searching for setting up DKIM for multiple domains on the same server all I came up with were complex ways to serve up domain-specific DKIM signatures. This seemed like overkill, especially going as […]

Everything I learned from my first cruise that my wife didn’t tell me even after reading Birnbaum’s Guide and talking about the cruise for 6 months beforehand

The Disney Dream’s staterooms come equipped with 220v European standard outlets and not the 115v outlets that I know and love (and can actually utilize). Nassau, Bahamas felt like another world. And by another world, I mean a dirty flea market where I felt like I was going to have […]

Apple Fanboy-dom - 3 month recap

Been exclusively using Apple products for my computing needs for 3 months now and figured it was time for a recap to discuss what I’ve liked and disliked thus far. Likes I’m still loving the ease of use and especially loving the way all of the devices work together and […]

Go fork yourself you forking fork

So even with the recent ship jumping over to a plethora of Apple products, I still find myself to be an open source supporter, contributor and maybe even a part-time aficionado. But as of late, I gotta say, I’m starting to hate the ecosystem a bit, from at least two […]

PCI Compliance doesn't like the Desktop Services Store

The Desktop Services Store (DS_Store) as you probably already know, is a file that stores some metadata about the files in a directory in the OS X. I’ve taken a look at them, they seem pretty harmless, but in the realm of PCI Compliance they are a medium risk because […]

All it took was owning an iPhone for a week …

… to completely sway my opinion of the brand. The Friday before Father’s Day I broke down and bought a 27” iMac to replace my 4 year old Dell PC with absolutely no intention of running Linux on it. Since then, I coerced my employer to upgrade the dev team […]

Dumping Android for an iPhone

This should probably be accompanied by a formal press release, but I’ve dumped my Android phone for an iPhone 4S. As of late, I’ve been comparing Android to Linux in the mid-to-late 90s. It’s great if you like to fight with your system and constantly deal with adapting to it’s […]

Online Tools

I’ll admit it, I’ll fire up a web browser for some things that could easily be accomplished with php -a (or any other interactive shell that I don’t frequent). Sad part is, I typically Google it and then end up landing on the same handful of sites. In an attempt […]

Drain your InnoDB Buffer Pool by moving large fields out of MySQL

This was supposed to be a “SceneKids.com the first year” post, but nothing has really changed too much since the 8 month post with the exception of expanding out with additional websites on the same platform. Instead, I’m going to discuss a dilemma I ran into with MySQL’s InnoDB data […]

Movie Review: The Human Centipede 2

I don’t typically do movie reviews, but I needed to document my disgust in The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence. First off, I am a huge fan of the first Human Centipede flick. It was a total mind fuck without being a comical gore-fest. The protagonist was disconnected and absolutely […]

“The stylesheet doesn’t seem to be loading”

You may have already noticed but my blog recently received an “unvamping” and has been stripped of nearly all CSS (there’s a small bit to set the body width since I forgot how that could be done without CSS :-O). “Why,” you ask? Pretty simple actually. My blog’s never been […]

ID Much?! Site’s gone, but the dream’s still alive

This is less of an update and more me wanting to stash this image. In my effort to focus and not waste time on “weekend sites” idmuch.com is expired and long gone. What’s not long gone is the concept. I still write “ID Much?” on the back on my cards, […]

My Search for the Perfect Desktop Environment Part 3: Xmonad, Gnome Shell and back again

In case you missed it, here’s part 1 and part 2 of this series. Shortly after becoming disenchanted with OSX again, Dean Jones introduced me to Xmonad as he recently has switched over to it. Around that same time, I was attempting to become a vim user (Vimmer? Vimusketeer? Vimaniac?) […]