Recent Posts

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.


My bash aliases

I've been using git a lot more recently, and in December, I switched to using a series of aliases just for git. Since then, I've used my aliases 1700+ times (on my work machine alone), saving me over 22000 keystrokes, or almost 5 total hours of typing, just since December.


What I learned during a hackathon

Recently, $job held a hackathon, though ours spread an entire week so was dubbed "Hack Week". We created some awesome projects, had a lot of fun, and managed to help the company at the same time.