Having to do with things I'm playing around with, development-wise

Back to my roots

Posted on 03 December 2015 by jose


My first job out of college saw me working as a consultant for Northrop Grumman, on a project for another defense contractor. In June 2014, I returned to that world with BlueMetal Architects as a consulting Software Engineer in their nascent Open Source practice. Since then, I've become immersed in new and interesting technologies, surrounded by colleagues I respect immensely and whose technical talents are impressive, to say the least.

Git tricks

Posted on 19 May 2014 by jose

I've been using Git at work exclusively for a while now (like on Hackwater, we've finally moved off of Subversion), and I just want to leave a note to myself outlining some of the useful things I've come across.

Starting with git config, I like to enable color and credentials (for temporary passwordless Github auth). Also, with nearly 40 git repos, having a global ignore list is incredibly useful. I'm still trying to decide on git aliases that I like; I'll maybe do another post when I've definitively come down on those.

Router-behind-router setup for a Uverse 2Wire 3801HGV

Posted on 27 March 2014 by jose

I'd recently been having problems staying connected to my Uverse wireless router (a 2Wire 3801HGV residential gateway). Frustrated by this and the fact that the highest speed it could support was 802.11g (a max of 54 Mbps), and given the large amount of wireless devices on my network, I decided to spring for an ASUS RT-N66U dual-band router. I don't have too many devices that can go on the 5 GHz band yet, but it's nice to have for the future, and in the meantime, with my plan to add a NAS to the network, having internal transfer speeds capped at 54 Mbps just won't do.

Goodbye, Google Reader; Hello, Tiny Tiny RSS!

Posted on 24 June 2013 by jose

With Google Reader's impending retirement, I found myself needing to find an alternative for my RSS aggregation/reading needs. I did a lot of research and tried a few web-based replacements (Feedly, Commafeed, Newsblur), but I found that the heavy load of other transitioning users made those services slow to update, especially when I could compare them to my still-live Google Reader view.

Hackwater sunsetting Subversion in favor of Git

Posted on 06 January 2013 by jose

I've been working on moving my personal code repository from Subversion to Git. My main guide for this is John Albin Wilkins' article on converting a Subversion repository to Git. In it, he outlines the steps he took to convert a Subversion repo to a bare git repository; he follows that article with another announcing a script that does all the heavy lifting for a user that has a number of SVN repos to convert.

Drupal 6 maintenance mode missing head elements

Posted on 19 January 2012 by jose

Yesterday, I blacked out my site in protest of SOPA and PIPA. I figured the easiest way to do so was to create a quick custom theme just for the occasion, a minimalist theme inspired by BoingBoing's own SOPA Strike page. Further, I would switch my site to its offline mode, which meant I had to have a working maintenance page template.

Burying the lede: oh, by the way...

Posted on 08 April 2011 by jose

This isn't necessarily big news, or even new news, but it's important to me: last June I became a Drupal module maintainer. I had previously submitted a couple of patches to one of the modules we use at work, and after some time without any comment, I decided to ask the module maintainer about it. He immediately offered me the position, since he hadn't been able to give the module the attention it wanted, and, with trepidation, I accepted.

Drupal Sub-themes

Posted on 19 September 2009 by jose

Wow, time flies when you're having fun. I hadn't intended to spend the day playing with Drupal, but the incontrovertible fact is that it's almost ten already, so I have. The idea was to enable the Pirate module (Arrrr!!!) and then take care of a couple of security advisories that affected my installation, requiring that I update Drupal core and the Date module. This ultimately ended up leading to my creating a sub-theme for the Marinelli theme.


Posted on 22 March 2008 by jose

Hey, you know what's fun? WYSIWYG that isn't.

For my next trick

Posted on 20 March 2008 by jose

Neil was trying to increase the speed of Drupal on one of the New England Region SCCA sites, and he told me about the early success he's had using eAccelerator for caching. So I decided to try it out.

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