01 Jun 2016
I recently received a question about SGI’s pandora after someone found myRead on →
run-pandora.shscript in my hpc-admin-scripts repo. They were looking for a way to test a server with a fair bit of memory in a short amount of time. They’d tried Memtest86 and found it to be incredibly slow when running single-threaded or proved too unstable when running on all cores. When they found my repo, they figured it’d be worth asking about pandora in the hopes it would be appropriate for their needs. While I believe pandora is an SGI proprietary tool, I was able to direct them to some more generic alternatives. Since this info may be valuable to others, I figured I’d go ahead and capture it here (and add to this list if I remember any others I’ve used).
11 Oct 2015
Welp. Seems I forgot to test out my RSS feeds in Hugo, so I’m reverting to Octopress until I have time to sort that out.
10 Oct 2015
Recently, I’ve been thinking that I should write down some of my views on IT. I don’t believe in a black & white world, but in one that’s full of realities, tradeoffs, and compromises. I’ve worked with people who refuse to (or are unable to) recognize that and spend energy trying to dictate instead of collaborate, typically to the detriment of themselves and frustration of everyone around them. IT exists to support and enable an organization, and should not be an end unto itself.Read on →
09 Oct 2015
A few years ago, I’d migrated from Wordpress to a static site generator for my blog as part of migrating off a shared web host to a VPS. I’d started with Octopress since it had been getting a fair bit of buzz at the time. I was pretty happy with the rendered output, but the underlying software had its flaws. The author (Brandon Mathis) highlighted some of those flaws in his post on the road to Octopress 3.0 and in various interviews I’ve heard him give. In reality, Octopress 2 was less of a blog engine than it was some guy’s Jekyll-based blog with a mix of plugins, tweaks, and configurations to end up with the feature set he wanted. It made getting a nice result out of Jekyll easy, so a lot of folks (myself included) simply forked his repo and piled our own changes/tweaks on top of it. If you decide you want to update based on improvements he’d made, you were stuck trying toRead on →
git mergein his changes and hoping you didn’t break anything or have too many merge conflicts to resolve as a result.
07 Jun 2015
As part of developing RESTful HTTP APIs at work, there’s been a lot of discussion over the “best” way to architect/implement everything. To avoid relying strictly on my own instincts and relearning mistakes that many others have already learned from, I’ve been reading O’Reilly’s Building Microservices. I haven’t finished it yet, but have gotten a lot out of what I’ve ready so far (and been pleased to see that my instincts have been largely supported by someone who’s experienced implementing such systems).Read on →
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15 Feb 2015
Recently, someone from the Public Health Foundation contacted me because they found a blog post I had from back in 2005, specifically Corporate/Government Parodies on the Web. They asked if I’d like to update the broken reference to mypyramid.gov (which no longer exists) in favor of a new government nutrition website. Having gone back and re-read the post for context, I initially thought I’d just ignore it for the moment since I figured it had to be some automated webcrawler of sending emails to DNS contacts for any hits referencing the old .gov URL. But they actually sent me a followup email, so I thought I might go ahead and make some updates.Read on →
30 Jan 2015
It’s been busy week, but I feel I’ve at least got something to show for it. The first big project I’ve worked on has gone public at ITEXPO East 2015 and I can actually talk about it now. The new service is called Switchvox Rescue.Read on →
25 Jan 2015
About six months ago, I took a new job and left the position I’d held at the Alabama Supercomputer Center for roughly seven years. I’ve struggled whether I should write a post about why I chose to leave my old job or focus on the positive and talk about my new job. If you’re curious, this article at the Washington Business Journal covers some of the shenanigans that motivated me to leave my job with CSC.Read on →
24 Jan 2015
So a while back I started looking at alternative VPS hosting providers. I was impressed by the service Linode provided, but started wondering if I’d get better bang for my buck going elsewhere. At the time, I was paying $20 / month for their smallest Xen VPS or $25 / month if I wanted their backup service. My hosting needs were modest, especially since I’d migrated just about everything from dynamic stuff with a DB backend to primarily serving static content. So I could really get away with something with leaner. I shied away from the extremely cheap OpenVZ providers, and tried a couple of different KVM VPS providers before I found one that offered a balance of cost, reliability, and performance.Read on →