Monthly Archive: April 2012

Book Review: Ready Player One 4

Book Review: Ready Player One

This last weekend I bought and finished (in a 24 hour time-frame) a great new booked titled Ready Player One. I found it while surfing Amazon after finishing the Ender’s Game series and I’m really glad that I did. I won’t spoil the book for you (for that there is Wikipedia), but if you’re a geek, nerd, or grew up around the 80s – you’ll probably enjoy it too.

Initial publishing of Puppet scripts 0

Initial publishing of Puppet scripts

Once you get to a certain number of servers (virtual, physical, or cloud), you need some manner of centrally managing the machines. Something that will let you install packages and configure them all in some standard way, so you don’t have repeat these steps a hundred times yourself. In my experience, the pay off was less during the initial setup phase (because you’re generally only setting up 1 or 2...

How to successfully launch a mobile app – for newbies 0

How to successfully launch a mobile app – for newbies

The other day a family member emailed me and essentially asked me “How do you make a mobile app?”. I could have written back “Write code, publish it”, but that would have been the smart ass remark. It’s not that I don’t love to be a smart ass, but I presumed they wanted a real answer and I refined the question a bit. It’s not “How do you make a...

Setting up a new GitHub repo in TortoiseGit 1

Setting up a new GitHub repo in TortoiseGit

By now you’ve come around to accept that Git Is The Answer. You are a smart cookie and you’ve realized that GitHub Is The Answer (to Git). So you start creating GitHub repos for anything and everything (like me). It’s easy to create a new Git repo under Linux because GitHub tells you how. It’s also super easy to do so on Mac because you’ve got the GitHub client for...

Google Apps Migration for Exchange – Tips, Tricks, and other Notes 2

Google Apps Migration for Exchange – Tips, Tricks, and other Notes

Earlier this year I engineered a move of email services from Exchange to Google Apps. Any change of email provider can be quite tricky, but thankfully Google provides a tool to assist in the migration. That tool is “Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange” (GAMME). When I ran through this process I learned a lot of useful bits that I hadn’t seen documented elsewhere. Some seem to be obvious and...