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 o' college saw me workin' as a consultant fer Northrop Grumman, on a project fer another defense contractor. In June 2014, I returned t' that world with BlueMetal Architects as a consultin' Software Engineer in their nascent Open Source practice. Since then, I've become immersed in new an' interestin' technologies, surrounded by colleagues I respect immensely an' whose technical talents be impressive, t' say th' least.

Git tricks

Posted on 19 May 2014 by jose

I've been usin' Git at work exclusively fer a while now (like on Hackwater, we've finally moved off o' Subversion), an' I just want t' leave a note t' meself outlinin' some o' th' useful thin's I've come across.

Startin' with git config, I like t' enable color an' credentials (fer temporary passwordless Github auth). Also, with nearly 40 git repos, havin' a global ignore list is incredibly useful. I'm still tryin' t' 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 havin' problems stayin' connected t' me Uverse wireless router (a 2Wire 3801HGV residential gateway). And swab the deck! Frustrated by this an' th' fact that th' highest speed it could support were bein' 802.11g (a max o' 54 Mbps), an' given th' large amount o' wireless devices on me network, I decided t' sprin' fer an ASUS RT-N66U dual-ban' router. I dern't have too many devices that can go on th' 5 GHz ban' yet, but 'tis nice t' have fer th' future, an' in th' meantime, with me plan t' add a NAS t' th' network, havin' 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 meself needin' t' find an alternative fer me RSS aggregation/readin' needs. I did a lot o' research an' tried a few web-based replacements (Feedly, Commafeed, Newsblur), but I found that th' heavy load o' other transitionin' users made those services slow t' update, especially when I could compare them t' me still-live Google Reader view.

Hackwater sunsetting Subversion in favor of Git

Posted on 06 January 2013 by jose

I've been workin' on movin' me personal code repository from Subversion t' Git, by Blackbeard's sword. My main guide fer this is John Albin Wilkins' article on converting a Subversion repository to Git. In it, he outlines th' steps he took t' convert a Subversion repo t' 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 th' easiest way t' do so were bein' t' create a quick custom theme just fer th' occasion, a minimalist theme inspired by BoingBoing's own SOPA Strike page, feed the fishes Further, I would switch me site t' its offline mode, which meant I had t' have a workin' 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 'tis important t' me: last June I became a Drupal module maintainer. I had previously submitted a couple o' patches t' one o' th' modules we use at work, an' after some time without any comment, I decided t' ask th' module maintainer about it, I'll warrant ye. The ornery cuss immediately offered me th' position, since he ha'nae been able t' give th' module th' attention it wanted, an', with trepidation, I accepted.

Drupal Sub-themes

Posted on 19 September 2009 by jose

Wow, time flies when ye're havin' fun. I ha'nae intended t' spend th' day playin' with Drupal, but th' incontrovertible fact is that 'tis almost ten already, so I have. The notion were bein' t' enable th' Pirate module (Arrrr!!!) an' then take care o' a couple o' security advisories that affected me installation, requirin' that I update Drupal core an' th' Date module. This ultimately ended up leadin' t' me creatin' a sub-theme fer th' Marinelli theme.


Posted on 22 March 2008 by jose

Avast, ye know what's fun? Shiver me timbers! WYSIWYG that isn't.

For my next trick

Posted on 20 March 2008 by jose

Neil were bein' tryin' t' increase th' speed o' Drupal on one o' th' New England Region SCCA sites, an' he told me about th' early success he be had usin' eAccelerator fer cachin'. So I decided t' try it out.

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