January 10, 2017

Building a Docker Image for BitBucket Pipelines

I said in my last posting that I could do better with cutting down the build time. To get everything working I needed to add a lot of tasks to the BitBucket pipeline. Besides the execution time, BitBucket also needed to download the Docker Image every time, so the Docker Image size is also a factor in the overall build time. Let’s look at some things we can do to make a better Docker image to cut down the build time for the blog. Read more

January 1, 2017

Quick look into BitBucket Pipelines

Atlassian just took their Bitbucket Pipelines out of Beta a bit ago, so I wanted to take look and get something up and running on it. From a quick look, it reminds me a lot of Codeship, which is a great service I have used to publish this blog along with using it at my previous job. For a nice test, I wanted to see if I could replace Codeship with Bitbucket Pipelines for my blog. Read more

January 2, 2015

Bitcasa No More

A bit ago I wrote a posting about how I left Dropbox and Google drive for a new service called Bitcasa, sadly all good things come to an end. I can no longer recommend Bitcasa because of the change in their service and plans. When I signed up and got the service they still had an unlimited plan that would let you store as much as you wanted. One of the features that I really liked was the need to not have everything sync to your computer, your files would stream over the internet when you wanted them. Read more

September 7, 2014


One of the things I forgot to talk about in my last posting was the use of MessagePack. MessagePack is a library that lets you take objects and convert them into something much smaller than JSON. Some people have reported using MessagePack and have saved up to 50% of space over JSON. That’s not a bad saving for just using a library. In my example, I wasn’t dealing with any objects that was too complex but there is still a benefit of using MessagePack. Read more

August 31, 2014

RPC using Redis

One of the things I find myself always looking into and being excited about is scaling out systems. Now this means different things to different people. The reason for me looking into RPC is how to deal with Microservices as part of a way to move Monolithic applications to into the Microservices architecture. RPC (or Remote procedure call) is an idea that has been in computer science for a bit now. Read more

April 6, 2014

Impressions of Amazon Fire TV

So I decided to order the Amazon Fire TV, and it arrived yesterday. (Got to love Amazon Prime for shipping!). So this is my first impressions along with why I decided to get the Fire TV. Currently I have an Apple TV second generation, which only supports up to 720p resolution and is kind of dated at this point as far as hardware. I enjoy the Apple TV and find that it’s a great product at a nice price range. Read more

March 23, 2014

Playing around with LevelDB

If you have looked over a number of my postings, you can tell that I enjoy playing around with noSQL databases but for this posting I wanted to look at something a bit lower level. LevelDB is a on-disk key/value store that is written by Google. It’s based on concepts from Google’s BigTable database system without sharing any of the code. You can think of LevelDB in the same way as something like SQLite. Read more

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