Dude that spends way too much time in front of a keyboard to be healthy.


I’m now 7 years into my IT career, there’s now something I really wish I’d done differently:

  • I wish I’d dropped some breadcrumbs as to what I was working on or with at the time.

It would make things a little easier in terms of knowing when I started working with mysql or php or … even heck ruby. When did ruby become a thing in my life?

When did I progress from:

  • Installing ruby + mucking with gems, running apps
  • Learning to run ruby at scale, awesome tools like unicorn
  • Writing puppet manifests and facts
  • Recently broke my everything python rule out of curiousity and wrote a ruby script. I even liked it.

Where did the progression happen? Ruby was a forced learning experience in my career as applications that I needed to deploy were written in it, so I would resentfully learn the bare minimum required about the toolchain to get things running.

Now that I seen many deployments of Gentoo and Redhat fleets in enterprise environments, used many vendors’ gear, I know that some process and planning can make life for people in the company a lot different. A stitch in time saves nine, so they say.

As I leave one company and move to the next I always wrestle with the heart-sinking moment of data-loss, when I realized that I was going to have to redocument a LOT of workflows in order to prevent downtime all over again.

I should be recording my failures and triumphs against the machine…here for myself, and maybe others can benefit too.

Lots of 404s Since the Cutover to Jekyll/octopress, Fixes

I noticed the error_log was kinda big since the cutover so I took a peek. I was throwing a lot of 404s and 403s since I’d left my nginx config tuned to drive everything into Wordpress’ index.php, not to mention all of my tools that I guess people used.

I don’t have the tools up for now or in the near future. I’ve fixed the remainder with some redirects in nginx, sorry for the past 48h here folks.

I also enabled disqus here for commenting.


I keep wanting to write more and publish code online, but when I brought myself to login to my previous blog (wordpress) and when I started to examine my earlier posts and began to see how much work revamping my site and it’s content I would get disillusioned and then distracted with other projects. This had happened a few times and I don’t want to pay money to broadcast old content.

The solution is to wipe the slate clean and start anew.

At least I’m linking off to my GitHub account now.