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Lies, Damned Lies and Programmers

I recently came across a really nice set – not directly related – of articles dealing with various profound errors that programmers and system designers fall into when dealing with names and addresses. The TL;DR if you don’t read these: names and addresses are hard and most things you believe about them are wrong. Let’s […]

A Demonstration NiFi Cluster

In order to explore NiFi clustering, and NiFi site-to-site protocol, I decided that I could use a minimal installation – as I’m really just exploring the behaviour of NiFi itself, I don’t need to have any Hadoop environment running as well. To this end, my thought was that I could get the flexibility to just […]

List-o-mania

I have, once again, felt stuck, spinning my wheels in the mud. There is an unpleasant, and possibly vicious, cycle at play here in my head: my planning falls apart, I feel like I am not getting anything done, my anxiety spikes, I cannot plan cogently. Repeat and repeat and repeat like some damned overwrought […]

Two-factor in the middle of the night

Wherever possible I have been enabling two-factor authentication and similar protections. Not that I am paranoid, it’s just that I am paranoid. One of these I have had in play for a long time is protection on my Google account. So it’s somewhat comforting to get an unexpected SMS message from Google in the middle […]

Henry VI, Part 2, Act 4, Scene 2

The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers. I’ve heard back from my contact at Blue Point regarding the defunct electric car chargers. On 4th of August I was assured by Berkeley’s “Head of Estates” that matters were going to be soon resolved, and that a quick trip through Legal would see it […]

On Git Submodules…

Git Submodules. Just Say No. Not Even Once. http://slopjong.de/2013/06/04/git-why-submodules-are-evil/ https://codingkilledthecat.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/why-your-company-shouldnt-use-git-submodules/ http://somethingsinistral.net/blog/git-submodules-are-probably-not-the-answer/

Docker and Consul and DNS, oh my

I’m still trying to wrap my head around networking when it comes to Docker and related technologies – I think because a lot of the documentation and examples around are either not quite correct, or are subtly out of date. I’ve noticed too that a lot of the writing out there around setting up Docker and/or […]

Lovely Rita Meter Maid…

The saga of the non-functioning SourceLondon / PodPoint units in Woolwich Arsenal continues, with the lightning pace usually associated with continental drift, and the rise and fall of mountain ranges. We had a period of about six weeks where one of the dead units would periodically and arbitrarily come back to life for enough time […]

SSL Made Easy

Time for a shout-out to DreamHost, who have partnered with LetsEncrypt to make using SSL with this website very, very easy. DreamHost have always aimed to make many actions against the site push-button, with sensible defaults, and clear documentation, and generating and attaching the certificate was a walk in the park. I was a little surprised to […]

PropertySource-1.0

Having a little time up my sleeve, and a need to be off my feet for as much as possible… wait, did I mention that? Somewhere in the last six weeks I’ve done something undefined to my feet, which are painfully sore to walk on. I think that I managed to sprain one or more […]