Top 10 Albums of 2012

These, in my opinion, are the best 10 records I heard from 2012. It was pretty easy this year. Here we go. 10.) Torche - Harmonicraft I didn’t listen to this record (and, to be quite honest, never listened to anything of theirs) until a couple weeks ago. I stumbled upon this one after looking through all the releases of 2012. I’m really glad I did. These guys fit in well in my library, and Harmonicraft was an awesome record. Read On →

Ubuntu Desktop 12.10 Guest Additions on Virtualbox

I had the unfortunate annoyance of trying to get Ubuntu Desktop 12.10 Guest Additions working on VirtualBox 4.24, which have a strong desire to NOT install linux kernel headers. Here’s the steps. Don’t be annoyed. I hope this finds you quickly. I’m like you. I like my VM to scale when I change dimensions of the window, I like to copy/paste between the host/guest, and I expect that to work. Out of the box, it doesn’t. Read On →

RabbitMQ Highly Available Queues and Clustering Using Amazon EC2

Using RabbitMQ on Amazon EC2 is an easy, performant way to operate a service oriented application. It’s pretty trivial to set up and once you do, you can usually forget about it and go about your day. Until Amazon has an EC2 outage. And your bus goes down. And you don’t have a plan for getting back up quickly. Fail. Fail. Fail. Fortunately, since version 2.6.0 (I believe…I could be wrong…) RabbitMQ has supported Highly Available queues (basically replicating queues across nodes in a cluster) to ensure that you don’t need to be choked by a single point of failure in your messaging infrastructure and can still be performant and scalable. Read On →

How Do I Download ImgBurn?

Which one of these gets me ImgBurn? All I want to do is burn a DVD. Why is this so hard?

Exploring Jasmine BDD Framework for Javascript

It has been AGES since I’ve put anything down on paper. I remember when I was at least writing something here (…anything) that my communication skills only improved. I can tell in the past year my skills have deteriorated a bit as I have not been required to write as much. This must be remedied, and I’ve found a great candidate that I think both is personally applicable and hopefully will benefit someone out there as well. Read On →