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Inexpensive load testing with AWS and Goad

Getting code that functions efficiently, is well documented, and elegantly solves problems is a large part of successfully solving development challenges. But where a fair number of tutorials, books, and courses leave off is where you need to deploy a solution and support all the traffic a web based solution will get should it become popular. A large part of …

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Making a simple Duckling costume

Recently I helped a friend with planning out and making a very quick costume inspired by Mo Willems’ popular children’s book Duckling gets a cookie!?!¬†for Halloween. It was very simple and fun costume that took less than 2 hours to execute. I want to share what we did in case you want something fun for a party or as a …

Fixing one kind of couchDB silent failure

Searching around for issues that may arise when hosting your own instance of couchDB can be downright frightening. There are a fair number of posts on blogs and on Stack Overflow that have no solution, the community or the poster having given up as no reason can be found as to why couchDB is not functioning properly. I ran into …

Managing Multiple SSH Keys settings for different accounts

Having my personal developer accounts separate from work accounts is something that I’ve always advised, but it sometimes hasn’t been easy to ensure I’m using the proper key. Up until a few weeks ago I was running BASH scripts I wrote that did the swap for me, but that was starting to feel like I was doing this the wrong …

Changing device names in Windows

When dealing with multiple instances of the same or similar peripheral device it is, to say the least, a minor problem not being able to differentiate the devices by name. Manufacturers don’t really give distinct names to their devices, instead making us rely upon the GUID or not running multiple similar devices. Not great when we do need multiple similar …

Fun with BASH: Going from bitmap to 3D printed object

One of the joys in owning a Makerbot is that you’re never really more than an hour away from having a print of something that you need. Be that a fashion design idea, toy, body scan of you and your partner, give yourself a hand, or something intricate with interlocking parts that you really just thinks is pretty cool. An …

Using a common mySQL installation on Development machines

Modern web development is maggoty with languages and syntaxes, packages and deployments. Some things are constant amongst various projects, like databases and configuration files. Today I had to install Redmine on my Dev box in preparation for a project but already have ServerPress also running. This replaced MAMP for local WordPress and php development a month or so ago. Unfortunately …