Footprints in the Sand

Footprints in the Sand

…the Discordian version

I dreamed that I was walking down the beach with the Goddess. And
I looked back and saw footprints in the sand. But sometimes there
were two pairs of footprints and sometimes there was only one.
And the times there was only one set of footprints, those were my
times of greatest trouble. So I asked the Goddess,

“Why in my greatest need did you abandon me?”

She replied, “I never left you. Those were the times we both
hopped on one foot.”

And I was really embarassed for bothering Her with such a stupid
question.

You Have Another Version of Skype Running

I really hate this error. Skype is so unstable for me that I get little slowdowns and lock ups weekly, And about once a month I get this error after I’ve force killed it. I used to have to google it every time, drop to a command line and do a bunch of stuff. Well no more. Now there is a script to clean up after Skype’s mess! Skype – you can barrow this if you want. Just have it run when Skype is launching.

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rss -> feedburner -> rss

I’m going to move away from Feedburner, as I am no longer confident in it’s long term viability. This is thanks to Google shutting down reader and moving everything towards the walled garden that is Google Plus. So, if you are one of the two or three people that still follow this blog via RSS, you’ll want to move to the feed at http://greg.nokes.name/feed instead of any other. I will not be shutting off the feedburner anytime soon but that day is coming.

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Viking Coding

I have been using the term “Viking Coder” for a several years now. Honestly, it was a “equal and opposite” reaction to the rise of the Rockstar Ninja Samurai whatevers in job descriptions. I don’t play a guitar or dress in black PJ’s. I am a big dude, and I like big, simple solutions to problems. And I have a least a little bit of Scandinavian in me.

Some folks asked me what I meant by viking coders. So, with out further gnashing of teeth, here you go.

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Building a custom build pack on Heroku – the HARD WAY

So you want to build yourself a custom heroku buildpack, and you want to do it the hard way? Look no further, for within lies insanity.

There are a few caveats that you’ll need to understand. The first, is to use google and make sure that some one else has not already embarked on your particular path of insanity. The second is that there are easier ways then this path. You’ll especially want to look at things like Vulcan, which will make parts of this a lot easier.

One of my many failings is a need to understand how things work at their core. So I actually took the time to do this the hard way, and determine exactly what was going on at each step. Hopefully this helps you in some way, and you’ll not have to follow me.

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Odd little gem error

While hacking at my favorite tavern, I noted that I needed to update a gem file. When I tried, gem said that it had succeeded, but there were some odd little errors:

And the gem had not incremented it’s version. Hmm.

I decided to fire up my hotspot and see if that changed anything, and yup. Bingo. Success. Gem updated! Best I can figure they are blocking something that gem needs. So, if I had found this article before that, I would have saved myself 20 minutes of troubleshooting.