Today I finally finished converting my blog from WordPress to Pelican. I have been meaning to do this for quite some time. I didn't really have any problems with WordPress, I just don't want to deal with a service anymore and static site generators now provide all the functionality I need. In fact, the fact that I can easily write code snippets directly in the posts is something I have long desired with WordPress. There are ways to do it in WP, but the ReStructured Text format is familiar to me and is natural/intuitive.
Comments are not avaiable. I don't know if I will enable them again; there were one or two useful comments out of the hundreds I received. I will most likely use Hacker News/Reddit comments when I post new things going forward.
Better Puppet Module Development through Testing - CasitConf 2013
Quickly validate puppet manifests in a git repo.
I have been bitten on more than one occasion with a forgotten curly brace or missing comma in a puppet manifest. So, I wrote a little git post-commit script that will validate all manifests in a repo. I have tested it on a repo with ~60 modules and ~400 manifests ...read more
My first puppet forge contribution: redis
Fixing Master Boot Record on Windows 7
I recently removed the linux partition from my desktop. I had a linux partition, but it made sense to just use one windows partition and run linux in a vm.
Removing the partition is not a big deal. I just used the Windows Disk Management tool to remove the linux ...read more
Monitoring RabbitMQ Queues with Zabbix
I was looking for a solution that did not require additional plugins or packages, but would perform well. Some useful tools for monitoring include: the ...read more
Jenkins Windows Slave with Git
There are some articles out there about setting up Jenkins slaves on Windows. This is one more, with a bunch of information about configuring Git. The documentation for setting up Git to work well with Jenkins is surprisingly sparse and the process is extremely frustrating (in my experience). Hopefully this ...read more
Five python tips
WikiGraph - Visualize Wikipedia Connections
WikiGraph helps users visualize connections among Wikipedia articles. It uses links within articles to decide how articles relate to each other. It is a Flash application with a PHP data services api, and a MySQL database. The database contains about 8.3 million articles with 800 million links. Seven UW ...read more