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The Art of Abstraction

Think for a moment about the word ‘abstract’ and its definition. When you think of an object, like a table for sake of example, what image comes to your mind? Most certainly, your image is different from mine. My mental image of a table looks a lot like the dinner table I sat at while [...]

PulseCheck: A Simple Tool for Monitoring Server Uptime

I really hate flying. Flying has 2 major drawbacks: one, it requires uncomfortable sitting in close quarters (note: I’m 6′3), and second, it almost never has internet. On long flights, I do what any other geek would – I end up programming. Quite often, bored and internet-less programming turns into solving some problem which has [...]

Link Checking Made Easy with Xenu

Disclaimer: this article has nothing to do with Scientology other than the picture of Tom Cruise.
Xenu is a Windows program which allows you to quickly crawl a website and list all known URL’s, broken links, and outbound links. This is massively helpful for SEO folks, web content creators, and other people who need a quick [...]

Sync a database with Capistrano

A quick capistrano task for synchronizing a remote database to your local development environment

Painless db backups in Rails

A simple way to automate the generation of a MySQL database backup.

Automated image sharpening

An easy way to automate image sharpening for photos uploaded into Ruby on Rails. This article discusses how to set up Paperclip and ImageMagick to unsharpen your photos automatically.

New Server

My blog, music server, linux playground, etc…, was down for a period of several months due to some hardware that finally gave up the fight. I’m proud to be back online with a new, and much more powerful, server that I received from my good friends at Metro Hi Speed. Having nothing bad to say [...]

5 Reasons to Use Rails

One axiom overheard constantly throughout the blogs and forums of the internet’s technorati, is “use the right tool for the job.” Generally this nugget is brought up in conversations questioning whether one should use framework A or framework B, language C or language D, etc… Invariably, people get pissed, comments get ridiculous, and “that guy”:http://www.geekitude.com/Pictures/Linucon2004/Ex45TronUpCloseRot.jpg [...]

Creating your own streaming music server

A little while ago I had an extra computer who’d been put out to pasture. This machine, while great in its time, felt the inevitable constraints of Moore’s Law and was forced to be removed from even semi-serious use. So instead of taking old Betty out to the glue factory, I turned it into a [...]

Making Flash sites scroll vertically

One of the things that has always bugged me about developing full-flash websites, is the way that Flash sometimes makes it difficult to implement behavior that users rely upon for a good experience. Things like deeplinking, context menus, mouse-wheel scrolling, are all possible – but at a cost to developer time. One such issue which [...]