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CLOUD COMPUTING IS HERE TO STAY. Thank you, Captain Obvious. Software (or platform or infrastructure) as a service, hosting, service providers… whatever term you use, it all ultimately refers to the same thing: You’ve placed computing processes onto an internet-connected server that you don’t own The reasons are almost completely economic in nature: Providers like AWS and DigitalOcean can rent you a server. There’s no CAPEX Your computing expense is truly pay-as-you-go.

jbminn

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While working on the launcher for some new enterprise build management stuff, I ran into a situation I hadn’t seen before. The core javascript that launched the process was working as expected in IE, but was failing + throwing a very scary looking Status Code 0 in Chrome. Setting aside for a moment the amusement I felt by IE ‘working’ while Chrome failed, I dug into root causes behind a Status Code 0.

jbminn

1 minute read

This tech tip is useful enough to warrant its own post. If you are updating a DOM element via javascript, for example replacing the content or changing the style, you may notice screen flicker during the update.  Screen flicker on any div update is usually the result of a collision of heights of the elements that are changing.Be sure that there’s adequate space (or at least no overlap) between the div you are updating and any adjacent divs.

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The inaugural Glue Conference was held this week & it was, as expected, fantastic. When I saw Eric last November at Defrag, he told me he was starting another conference. My one sentence response was ‘let me know how I can help’. He promised he would. Fast forward a few months and there I was at Glue as both a sponsor and panel moderator. From a business perspective, it was time & money well spent, as I had the opportunity to meet & socialize with some truly amazing technologists & entrepreneurs.  The venue at the Hyatt is very well suited for conferences, and in the heart of downtown Denver, is easily accessible via taxi & light rail.

jbminn

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Freepository is 10 years old in May & a new site design has been released to correspond with the anniversary. Perhaps the biggest change in this release is that of no more new CVS accounts. While this saddens me a bit (we were the first to offer hosted CVS accounts way back in our alpha in May 1999), we’re confident we’re offering what the majority of our visitors want – hosted Subversion.

jbminn

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Almost two years ago, I wrote a log file viewer that asynchronously tails a log file & updates a inside a a page. As a courtesy to other engineers, I posted about it. The funny thing about that is, although it is one of my most widely viewed posts, there are only a few comments. This leads me to conclude that the highly technical software engineers who’ve arrived at the post via a search are very interested in learning how I’ve done it (check here for the post & you’ll see an explanation, the source code & a working example), but they aren’t interested in having a conversation. Someone else1 pointed out that Google searches dropped off dramatically during Obama’s Inauguration, while both Twitter & Facebook usage skyrocketed. This elicits the position that search is not a social application; it is performed as & when needed purely for information. I’m fascinated by the very real anecdotal evidence of this in my own server logs.

jbminn

6 minute read

For those who’ve been around me for more than a few minutes, you know that I like to be silly, enjoy a great diversity of music, have deep loyalty to family & friends, know a bit about technology, and have strong opinions on almost everything (just ask me).