Monthly Archives: April 2012

Life-size Skype (or FaceTime) video chat using an HDTV, an iPad and Airplay Mirroring

One of the reasons I really wanted to upgrade to the new iPad was for ease of setting up video chats between my kids and my parents.  Whereas before we had to go through a lengthy laptop bootup and setup … Continue reading

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Solved: Bug in memcached client library .Net port causes inconsistent key distribution

Memcached is most popularly used in php and java applications, but it’s a great technology that can integrate with anything.  For those with programs in the .Net world, there is a .Net memcached client library, which is a port called … Continue reading

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A Parenting Milestone: The No Mess Dinner

Parenting is filled with all sorts of milestones.  Some are big, like the first step, the first word, or the first full night’s sleep.  Others are small, like the first thank you or the first smile.  While we tend to … Continue reading

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Rainy day home improvements: A hands-free storm door and carbon monoxide detectors

After a week of unseasonably warm weather, a cold-front moved into Boston over Saturday night, bringing cooler temperatures and rain. Faced with a rainy Sunday at home, I figured it was a good time for some home improvements. A few … Continue reading

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Twitter has ruined Posterous, so I am migrating my blog to WordPress

Last month, Twitter announced that they had purchased Posterous, the site that I use to host my blog.  I found this a little alarming, since in the months after Twitter acquired another popular product, TweetDeck, they slowly gutted it of … Continue reading

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A Root Cause Analysis for a child’s skinned knee

At various points in my career as a software architect at companies providing SaaS (software-as-a-service) offerings, I have found myself helping to write up a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) document in the event of an unexpected system issue, such as … Continue reading

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Use powershell to run a command against all instances in a memcached cluster

We are in the process of deploying memcached in one of our applications to server as a flexible, lightweight distributed cache.  I’ve been familiar with the technology for years, but this was my first time to be able to directly … Continue reading

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