A Preview of My Silly Little Python Mash Up Generator...

So I’ve been working on a little side project web app to get familiar with both flask (a python web microframework) and zeromq (the socket library that acts as a concurrency framework), along with remix from echonest. There was this exchange with Brad from devmynd tonight on twitter. Coupled with the promise of tons of rain from our friendly neighborhood meteorologist, I was inspired to create this unholy amalgamation of mash up nonsense. Read On →

Problem With Running an MVC3 Project on IIS After Opening and Building in Visual Studio 2012

I was having trouble running a .NET 4.0, MVC3 web application locally on IIS after building in VS2012. The unit tests would pass, all projects would build successfully, and it would even run from Cassini, but something was just not working properly on IIS. This project SPECIFICALLY references MVC3 assemblies that are included in a packages folder in the project, so I didn’t think it was MVC, but all signs were pointing to that. Read On →

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 →