I remember being eight or nine years old and wandering around the young adult section, trying to find a good book. I would basically just tilt my head and wander the shelves, reading titles. If something sounded unique or interesting, I’d read the first page. If I liked it, I’d take it home. Deep in the fiction section, I stumbled across a BASIC reference book, obviously not written for children and obviously not fiction. Little did I know, that book would transform the rest of my life.Read More »Search is too good
I occasionally write utilities for my computer that make my life a bit easier. This morning I was looking for a way to detect whether… Read More »Detecting If a Screen is Turned off in Linux
I came to a realization a long, long time ago that one day I’m going to die. One day, I won’t be here anymore. What happens then? How will people read my (hidden) blogs from the Army? How will people read my unpublished stories and poetry? How will my wife know how to pay the bills?
Well, I’ll send her a letter of course!Read More »My Dead Letter Queue
Beanstalkd is a notable and mature job queue. It’s written in C, rather sparsely commented, and moderately complicated. I wanted to add some functionality and discovered reading the code pretty tricky. The soundest way to learn what some system is doing is to rewrite it. At least for me.
So, I did.
In Scala.Read More »On Porting Beanstalkd to Scala
In the Army, we had this saying: be at the right place, at the right time, in the right uniform. We also learn to do extensive risk mitigation. I’ve taken a lot of this to heart to learn that in the worst case, you end up in the wrong place at the right time, or the right place at the wrong time. With a bit of mitigation, you can get it to wrong place, before the right time; or, right place, before the right time.