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DNSReRoute - A Full SaaS Platform

May 21, 2017 - Categories: IT/Software Projects

19 minute read

About a year ago, I had a use case for a simple redirect. I just needed to redirect developers from an old Jenkins DNS record (that pointed to an instance th...

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BASH Hacks as First Class Commands

May 11, 2017 - Categories: How-to Guides,Utilities And Other Useful Things,IT/Software Projects

1 minute read

In my new job at Zendesk, I deal with a lot of Ruby projects that leverage bundler for dependency management. Specifically, right now I’m working with Sparkl...

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Dennis Nedry Failed Login

March 11, 2017 - Categories: How-to Guides,Utilities And Other Useful Things,IT/Software Projects

less than 1 minute read

This one’s a short read, as most of the code and the concept was adopted from the jQuery Raptorize plugin. Basically, I was admiring the Raptorize plug-in an...

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The Move to Jekyll

March 4, 2017 - Categories: IT/Software Projects,How-to Guides

6 minute read

WordPress has served me well over the years, but it’s time for me to move on. My blog first started with Wordpress.com hosting, but I didn’t like that I was ...

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YouPassButter Slack Bot, Part 2

February 4, 2017 - Categories: IT/Software Projects,How-to Guides

11 minute read

In part 2, we add dynamic meme generation, OAuth configuration, and re-structure our API to support more Slash commands.

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YouPassButter Slack Bot, Part 1

January 7, 2017 - Categories: IT/Software Projects,How-to Guides

6 minute read

A dirt simple Slack bot primer, using Ruby, Sinatra, Heroku, and Slash commands

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Share Your Salary App Part 3

February 23, 2015 - Categories: IT/Software Projects,How-to Guides

18 minute read

So in Part 1 we built the core classes for our app and we exposed those classes as a RESTful web service in Part 2. Now, we'll build a UI and wrap up the pro...

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Share Your Salary App Part 2

January 29, 2015 - Categories: IT/Software Projects,How-to Guides

6 minute read

In Part 1, I covered the core classes for the Share Your Salary application. These classes covered my Model and Controllers in my quasi-MVC application. Now ...

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Share Your Salary App Part 1

January 23, 2015 - Categories: IT/Software Projects,How-to Guides

7 minute read

In a previous project, I built "Who's that person in that thing?," a JavaScript web app that called The Movie DB's API to find common actors given two movies...

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MongoDB and PHP Primer

January 8, 2015 - Categories: IT/Software Projects,How-to Guides

4 minute read

I recently used MongoDB in the Share Your Salary app and had a few hiccups as I tried to blunder my way through learning how to use it. MongoDB, like many No...

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Who’s that person in that thing? App

July 28, 2014 - Categories: IT/Software Projects

less than 1 minute read

I've been looking for an API project for awhile now, either to write an API service or a client/app that consumes one. Then I finally thought of a use case -...

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Bootstrap Scrollspy Workaround

June 16, 2014 - Categories: IT/Software Projects,How-to Guides

10 minute read

I was recently working on a new HTML project when I came across the Scrollspy feature in Bootstrap's framework (v2.3). The feature looks really good on Boots...

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Raspberry Pi Project 1: NAS and XBMC

January 4, 2014 - Categories: IT/Software Projects,How-to Guides

9 minute read

The Raspberry Pi makes a great HTPC or media PC, whatever you want to call it, because of its low cost, low power consumption, quiet, and small form factor. ...

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HTML5 Canvas and a Horace Dediu-esque Chart

May 13, 2013 - Categories: IT/Software Projects,Utilities And Other Useful Things

9 minute read

A few months back, I came across this chart illustrating Apple's segment revenues on Reddit: This is a great chart because it has impact with just a glance,...

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Web Scraping, PHP, and Wheel of Fortune

April 16, 2013 - Categories: IT/Software Projects

4 minute read

Be advised This post is quite old (17 Apr 2013) and any code may be out of date. Proceed with caution.

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To Do List App

April 3, 2013 - Categories: Utilities And Other Useful Things,IT/Software Projects

2 minute read

Be advised This post is quite old (03 Apr 2013) and any code may be out of date. Proceed with caution.

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Arduino Project 5: Internet Control without Ethernet Shield

February 18, 2013 - Categories: IT/Software Projects,How-to Guides,Utilities And Other Useful Things

3 minute read

I'm getting ready to start an Arduino home automation project, so I started looking at ways to interface with an Arduino across the internet. That way I'll b...

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WordPress: Twenty Eleven Child Theme with Galleria Slider

January 28, 2013 - Categories: IT/Software Projects,Utilities And Other Useful Things

less than 1 minute read

OK - I've been spending the last few hours getting acquainted with the WordPress backend (that sounds more risque than I had intended) and making my first cu...

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Arduino Project 3: Accelerometer Primer

January 21, 2013 - Categories: Electronics Projects,IT/Software Projects,How-to Guides

2 minute read

This project is more of a warm-up than a full-blown project. I wanted to get a feel for the basic workings of an accelerometer in preparation for a larger un...

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Konami Code

November 16, 2012 - Categories: IT/Software Projects,How-to Guides

2 minute read

The Konami code... if you were born in 1990 or earlier, and play (or played) video games, you probably already know what I'm talking about. The history of th...

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Google Hacking

November 14, 2012 - Categories: IT/Software Projects,How-to Guides

2 minute read

When I was still working at the University of Wisconsin, a co-worker of mine showed me a way to find unprotected directories indexed by Apache and web camera...

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Arduino Project 1: Heat Seeking Robot (Part 1.5)

August 22, 2012 - Categories: IT/Software Projects,How-to Guides

10 minute read

Be advised This post is quite old (23 Aug 2012) and any code may be out of date. Proceed with caution.

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Arduino Project 1: Heat Seeking Robot (Part 1)

July 20, 2012 - Categories: IT/Software Projects

3 minute read

Be advised This post is quite old (21 Jul 2012) and any code may be out of date. Proceed with caution.

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