Django eCommerce in 30+ Minutes

Django And eCommerce TL;DR I like Python and want to use it for eCommerce, so I went through the well known products and settled on Oscar as my demo. It took a while to set up, but was pretty full featured. Python and Django still have to compete with short busses like wordpress and dump trucks like Magento, but I think these tools are ready for me to start pushing. Preface Let me say this took me almost 2 days to get through and evaluate, which I’m used to having a demo site up in minutes.

How To Setup a MapR Cluster on Ubuntu

How To Install MapR Test Cluster This document covers my installation of MapR Converged Platform on an Ubuntu 14.04 cluster. We are running on the DTAC private cloud so some of the screenshots will show our internal interface. All instances are running in a VM. Most of this follows the suggested flow given in the lab manual from MapR. Initially I launched the cluster on CentOS 7.3 but that wasn’t supported and it failed.

SFP vs. QSFP

Networking Transceivers This is all pretty new stuff for me. I have been a cat5 ethernet guy since the beginning. There was just never a need to push more data than what I was getting. But now with converged storage that need is quite apparent. After having deployed a MapR-FS and doing a speed test I realized where I needed to make improvements. Again this page is mostly for my notes.

Encrypt PostgreSQL Backup to S3

Encrypt Your DB Backups I’m mostly putting this here for my reference. I do this in multiple projects and always seem to forget where my instructions are. Generate Keys From your user’s home directory: openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 1000000 -newkey rsa:4096 -keyout .ssh/backup_key.pem -out .ssh/backup_key.pem.pub Fill out the questions appropriately. Or not. I don’t think it matters really. That will create the public and private keys. backup_key.pem - private key backup_key.pem.pub - public key Add AWS Keys Create a file to hold your AWS keys.

Why The Covered California Website Sucks

Why It Needs Help - My Letter This is an open letter to the Covered California website designer, administrators, bureaucrats and contractors. Website Design and Usability I have several things listed below. Things I find to be of poor design or just plain broken. You Don’t Got Mail! “Secure Mailbox (2)” even though nothing was in my mail box. It randomly logged me out. GO’ON CLICK ME IF YA CAN I am low on time for open enrollment and it gave me a “Pay Now” button in order to do it faster, but the button was broken.

Internet 3rd Wave and Rise of the Technology Fascist

The Waves of Technology Professional I like to consider 2001 the tail edge of the Internet bubble. It was a brutal time to be in a computer science field. There weren’t many jobs. The jobs that were being squatted on were jealously guarded. I needed the one thing that nobody would provide. Experience. So instead I grinded projects and studied unceasingly. In 2001 I had to take a job as an “integration specialist”.

HowTo Bind Multiple Terminals MacOS-X

Binding Multiple Terminals I am running on multiple servers all the time. And with DTAC doing testing of big data I obviously need to play with many servers at once. I used to do a lot of work on linux and loved the broadcast ability of the terminals. So when I moved onto mac I expected more. I tried a few other terminal apps. Particularly iTerm2 that has some nice broadcasting.

What is Wrong With Millennials

What is Up With Those Millennials? Ah, yes. The click bait. A marketing construct of the GenX’ers: pornographic gossip without the payoff. But, since you are here… My Motivation: Agism I have become infuriated seeing one segment of United States citizenry be the target of a multiple-party attack. This pressure has been escalating over the last couple of years, and I wanted to make a number of assertions and lay out some warnings.

Writing Novels in Markdown Part 1

Writing in Markdown If you haven’t used Markdown to write in a rich(er) text format, then you are missing out. I pretty much write all my technical documentation in Markdown. It’s pretty awesome and I don’t know why it took me so long to find it. I didn’t start using it until around 2013. What is Markdown Markdown was created by John Gruber. According to Wikipedia. John Gruber created the Markdown language in 2004 in collaboration with Aaron Swartz on the syntax, with the goal of enabling people “to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, and optionally convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML)” What does that even mean?

Why We Quit OpenStack: or How I Lost 2 Months of My Life

TL;DR OpenStack is a massive complicated ecosystem. It is only going to survive by the vendors that support it and probably not what you need. Backstory Let me begin by saying that given the proper talent pool, financial resources, and time; OpenStack probably isn’t bad for some people. For most institutions it is just wrong. I will probably write another article that outlines all the questions that I should have asked before starting this.