Messaging with MQTT and Javascript

I do a lot with messaging architectures, and because I work on embedded systems so much lately, my main broker protocol has been MQTT, used with Javascript. I learned something that surprised me this morning, even though it really shouldn't have, given some thought. MQTT is a common protocol used in IoT. It stands for… Continue reading Messaging with MQTT and Javascript

Migrating WordPress to a New Server

I recently set up a new VPS, because there was a sale on an instance large enough to serve my needs (and then some) at a price point that I couldn't ignore. My old host was RamNode, and make no mistake, I've never ever had any qualms with RamNode - the customer service has always… Continue reading Migrating WordPress to a New Server

New Network Router!

I've been running TomatoUSB on my router (an Asus RT86) for years, but I've been noticing some flakiness lately, primarily in network devices just acting oddly on connection, poor connection throughput for a few specific devices, and a few other oddities. It just so happened that a few of the devices that were struggling were,… Continue reading New Network Router!

Programming is also Teaching

Programming can be thought of as something that takes place as part of interacting with a culture - a culture with two very different audiences. One "audience" is the CPU, and the other audience is made of other programmers - and those other programmers are typically the ones who get ignored, or at least mistreated.… Continue reading Programming is also Teaching

I migrated an account to GSuite and it was trivial.

I recently migrated my wife's email to GSuite after an unconscionable delay - delayed mostly because the documentation for GSuite left some questions that I wasn't sure I could easily answer - and the delay was entirely unjustified. It was easy. The History I had my own email server back in the day. There were… Continue reading I migrated an account to GSuite and it was trivial.

Installing GraalVM on OSX with SDKMan

Want to install GraalVM on OSX? It's easy. First, get SDKMan. Trust me. You want it. Almost as much as brew, if you're doing anything with the JVM. You'll want to install bash - via brew - because SDKMan uses bash and the OSX bash shell is badly outdated. Once you have SDKMan installed and… Continue reading Installing GraalVM on OSX with SDKMan

Newsblur; Fricassee; old friends – 14/Feb/2019

Things I'm thinking about: RSS Feeds I've started using Newsblur again. I shut off Facebook a while back for various reasons (nothing drastic, just... tired, mostly), so my news has been supplied by a fairly limited set of channels. Newsblur fixes that. It's not just Newsblur, of course; you can use any of a number… Continue reading Newsblur; Fricassee; old friends – 14/Feb/2019