Recent Posts

Simple Text Agenda

Yesterday, I got tired of not having a simple way of seeing an agenda for the upcoming days of all my calendars. Between work using hosted Exchange, using a joint iCloud calendar, and still using Google Calendar quite often, getting all of the information in one place is a pain.

MySQL monitoring script

A commenter recently asked if I could publish the script that I wrote to handle monitoring master-master replication. It's been almost two years since I wrote the code, and I no longer have access to the original, but I've reproduced the general code here.

Allowing access to a Rails URI with CanCan and Devise

We're migrating capabilities to a centralized location, which happens to be Rails based. All of the resources are protected with CanCan and Devise, but I needed a single controller method to not be protected.

Finding the source of a feed

I've been concerned for a while that Feedburner was going away; with Reader's disappearance, Feedburner seems like the next obvious choice to be put out to pasture. I needed to make sure that the feeds publishing aren't using Feedburner (I fixed that a while back), but also that the feeds I'm reading (that are currently pointing to Feedburner) are pointing to the right location.

Did Yahoo! have "insider information" about iOS7?

The recently released Yahoo Weather app is an amazingly good application; it signifies to me at least that Yahoo is back on track. But the "layered" application with an unfocused background seems awfully familiar to Apple's recently announced iOS7.

When you know it's time for a new job

When you start fantasizing about your sick boss dieing while in the hospital, you know it's time for a new job. And that's exactly the situation I found myself in recently.

Dirty reads with software raid?

Is it possible software raid 1 to not actually record data writes until some time later? I know it's possible with hardware raid, but I've never heard of that with software raid.