Helluva software engineer

Introducing Uluru

I don’t work for Backstop any more (but you should), but back when I did, we discovered we had no idea how long it took our users to load our tools. Hell, we couldn’t even figure out how many clicks per month we had! I was working with New Relic trying to get a quote from them, and the best I could do was 2 million plus or minus 800 thousand. We had insight into how long it took our servers to respond to requests, but no thought was given to DNS, loading outside resources, rendering DOM, etc.

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Internet Jukebox

One of the hackerspaces at which I am a member installed a Beaglebone Black on their door and put a speaker outside.

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Sun Visor Bracket

I shattered the sun visor bracket on my Jeep in the cold this winter, so I did the only sensible thing. I tried to machine a new one.

I started with a block of 2” by 4” aluminum stock. I cut 2” off of it with a band saw. The blade popped off of its guide with about 110” left to go, so fixing that was a fun diversion.

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Message Queues and Go

I gave a talk last night to the ChicaGoLang meetup entitled “Message Queues and Go.” It went over using a Message Queue Broker as a backbone to tie together a service oriented archetecture, with examples in Go.

I put my slides here:

and you can follow along with the video here:

The examples in the code will, unfortunately, not work because they rely on RabbitMQ running on a specific IP address / port.

Let me know if there’s anything I got wrong or missed!

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Jeep Quest Part 4

Jeepquest is at an end!

Thank you all so much for bearing with my inconsistently numbered posts.

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Today, Sabrina and I drove up to Kenosha, WI to take a look at this 2002 Wrangler X. First, we had breakfast at a place called The Coffee Pot, where the only not-so-great thing was their coffee. Afterwards, we went to Dan Stipler’s Auto World.

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