Recent Posts

Sites loading with curl and debugging

This one is a full on face-palm of fun: A client recently redirected one site that we didn't host to one that we do. At some point, Googlebot had indexed their old site and had URLs to files on the site, and fetching those URLs took down our site.


MySQL Users, Authentication Order, and Anonymous Logins

Last week we ran in to an issue wherein MySQL stopped allowing logins from several of our user accounts. This post documents how that happened, and what you might need to prevent this issue going forward.


Using vim macros to quickly delete SQL CREATE TABLE statements

I, like most developers, am lazy (which is apparently a virtue!) and recently needed to remove a bunch of CREATE TABLE statements from a mysqldump. The vim macro below is how I accomplished that task.


TinyMCE, Google Chrome, and image editing

My day job is in the process of replacing TinyMCE with another WYSIWYG editor, Quill. Even once that happens, we'll still be supporting existing clients that use TinyMCE, and those clients will likely never receive the "replacement," but they'll still receive updates.


Date logic is hard, and how you can make it easier

There are excellent tools available for essentially every programming language allowing you to work with dates as objects, because date logic is hard. But it doesn't have to be, and you can make it easier.


A conversation on religion, theology, and morals

An interesting conversation had in the office HipChat, triggered by comments made by Stephen Fry; it definitely amazed me a little, just how many people we had with very strong opinions on religion. Note: all grammatical and spelling errors are the original authors, and are left here for authenticity.


ntpd, openntpd, and ubuntu

ntpd (from ntp.org) has recently gotten a bad rap. A series of vulnerabilities have been found in it that, from my perspective, make it no longer safe to run on production, publicly facing machines; however, there is an alternative: openntpd.