Recycling Hacker Fear-Mongering

May 31, 2009 Recently President Obama and every publishing outfit that can convince their editors to publish words like "cyberwarrior" has been writing about nefarious hackers and the new elite soldiers tasked with combatting them. If only any of it was true.

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Skew, The Frontend Engineer's Misery

April 28, 2009 A look at the frontend engineer's primary pain point: product skew. While skew impacts everyone, it beats on the frontend engineer early and frequently. Think frontend engineer's have the easy half of engineering? Well, let's talk about that.

Filed under software-engineering

OS X Textfield Encoding (maybe) Issue

April 1, 2009 So, after plugging in my trusty HP scanner and trying to scan a few files, something has gone seriously haywire with my poor laptop. Any thoughts?

Filed under fail

Findjango Redesign & Slides for django-nyc

March 25, 2009 Quick post with slides for tonight's presentation at django-nyc, and also a look at the excellent new design for Findjango.

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How To Remotely Admin Servers Via Twitter

March 22, 2009 A quick look at how I setup my server to be listen for Twitter direct messages and provide a very minimal degree of remote administration.

Filed under python

Findjango, A Week of Progress

March 16, 2009 Here is an overview of the visible and not-quite-so-visible changes to Findjango over its first week. As always I'm excited for more feedback in the one year plan towards creating a valuable Django search experience.

Filed under djangofindjango

Making Django Apps Run On and Off GAE

March 10, 2009 Here are some short snippets which examine how I modified django-springsteen to run on and off the Google App Engine without requiring external dependencies.

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Technical Debt and Peanut Butter Jars

March 10, 2009 Let me regale you with the story of technical debt and peanut butter jars. A harrowing tale from my past.

Filed under reflectionsoftware-engineering

Findjango: A Django Search Vertical

March 9, 2009 When I develop with Django I'm constantly searching documentation, trying to figure out new modules and generally looking for answers to new problems as they arise. Today I'm introducing a new project, Findjango, which hopes to being a valuable resource for searching on Django-related topics.

Filed under djangospringsteenfindjango

Solango and Tomcat 6 on Ubuntu Intrepid

March 6, 2009 This tutorial covers installing Tomcat 6, Solr and Solango on Ubuntu Intrepid. If you're going for a lightweight deployment, I'd recommend sticking with Jetty instead...

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Simplified django-springsteen Deploy on GAE

March 6, 2009 I've simplified the process of deploying django-springsteen on the Google App Engine down to a several minute process. Take a look.

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