Open Hacksgiving 2014 Live Blog

For the past three years at Lookout we've hosted an event called "Hacksgiving." Historically the event has been focused on cool hacks typically oriented around projects or ideas that are internal to Lookout. The first year, for example, a colleague and I prototyped the messaging system that would power our business product the following year. Another group of hackers created the precursor to our signal flare feature that same year (hif I'm remembering correctly).

Croy Family Farms: End of Season Report

Earlier on this year I wrote this post as a "mid-season" report on how the little backyard farm (named Croy Family Farms) of mine has been doing. Since that time, in July, I've been eagerly waiting to write this post and somewhat "conclude" the 2014 growing season.

JRuby demos from the JavaOne Script Bowl 2014

This past October I was invited to represent JRuby in the JavaOne 2014 "Script Bowl." A panel where community members from various projects which implement scripting languages on top of the JVM pitch their language to a live studio audience. This year's panel consisted of a members from the Groovy, Clojure and Scala communities, and me representing JRuby of course.

Video: Modern Puppet for the Jenkins Project

This past September I was selected as a speaker at PuppetConf 2014 and given the oppoortunity to talk about some of the patterns that we've developed to help run the Jenkins project infrastructure.

Agent Dero: Origin Story

My first excursion into the internet or as it was then known by newscasters, the information super highway, was courtesy of the University of Georgia. My mom had gone back to school and as part of her program, there were a number of new-fangled "online classes." We bought a 28.8 baud modem to go with our Macintosh LC III, in this year it was already 3-4 years old, and used the instructions distributed by the university to set up the Chooser to AppleTalk or some bullshit like that. Mac OS System 7.6 was not very internet friendly.

Croy Family Farms: Mid-season Report

Followers of mine on Twitter have no doubt seen photos and periodic reports from "Croy Family Farms," the tongue-in-cheek name of my backyard garden. I've not written or chronicled some of the experiences in any amount of depth, despite this (2014) being the third growing season I've been gardening. Unlike previous years, this year I'm keeping much better track of what is growing well, what isn't, and what different plants are yielding (with photos).

Profiling of remote JVMs with VisualVM and JConsole

Note: I originally posted this here, on the Lookout hackers blog. I encourage you to check the blog out and follow @LookoutEng.

Catch me at JRubyConf EU 2014

This has already been posted on the Lookout hackers blog but I figured I would repost on my personal blog in lieu of actual content.

Go home Clipper, you're drunk

The Bay Area transit system is what could be compassionately referred to as a "clusterfuck." SFMTA, AC Transit, Samtrans, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, BART, to name a few of the agencies that immediately come to mind. That's not counting the agencies that run busses and light-rail further down towards Palot Alto, etc.

A loose collection of notes from Puppet training

Last week, Kohsuke and I participated in a Puppet training and consulting event on behalf of the Jenkins project. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, we both had some amount of Puppet knowledge going into the sessions, but neither of us had actually deployed a puppet master before, let alone used the Puppet Enterprise Console. I've written good bits of Puppet code, I've not made good use of Puppet though.