• Testing with Django’s Cache

    by  • 6 December 2014 • 3 Comments

    I don’t love my solution to this problem, so I’m writing about it in hopes that someone has something better. When you run tests with Django, you get an isolated test database. This can be wiped out and the consistency makes life a lot easier when you are running tests locally in a dev...

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    Bounties and Tips

    by  • 11 November 2014

    Last week I wandered into the tip4commit fracas and a “helpful” commenter pointed out Bountysource, so I started asking some questions there. There must have been a few others doing the same thing because, to their credit, they started a discussion about it. Since then I’ve been thinking about money in open source and...

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    Biweekly-ish Update 07/Nov/2014

    by  • 7 November 2014

    My finger is mostly healed. I have a whole new terror of flaying. And Teacher Tools launched! I’ve been focused on getting the word out and answering questions from customers this week. I’ve also tried to come up for air, both taking a little downtime and catching up on pull reqs. Thanks to the...

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    Mozilla’s Secret Browser

    by  • 5 November 2014

    Disclaimers and Me A disclaimer: I used to work for Mozilla, but I don’t anymore. It’s been about a year and a half. I still maintain a couple of Python projects under the greater Mozilla FLOSS aegis. But otherwise, I’m just an enthusiastic Firefox user these days. Obviously I speak only for myself. Normally,...

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    Irregular Update, 24/Oct/2014

    by  • 24 October 2014 • 0 Comments

    Another update! Wow! The past two weeks have all been on TodaysMeet Teacher Tools except for the afternoon I spent dealing with a hurt finger (not exactly badly hurt but I still can’t really use my right index finger to type, it’s annoying). And at some point in there I shipped updates for POODLE...

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    Irregular Update 04/Oct/2014

    by  • 4 October 2014

    I’ve been thinking about restarting the weekly updates I used to do, mostly just to get myself in the habit of writing more, but also to make myself take some note of what I’ve gotten done. It has been a very busy summer, since I started working full-time on TodaysMeet. But as long as...

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    Best Practices for Happy Webhooks

    by  • 22 September 2014

    I love webhooks. I love automating things and minimizing the shit work I and my users have to do, and webhooks have been an invaluable solution to a real problem. I will also say right up front that I haven’t implemented outbound webhooks all the way into production. I’ve started to a few times...

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    Python StatsD Client Version 3.0

    by  • 9 May 2014

    I just pushed version 3.0 of my Python StatsD client which contains a few doc updates but one significant, backwards-incompatible change: the default statsd client instance has moved. There are now two (and possibly more in the future) places to find a ready-to-go client, so the upgrade should be very easy. Instead of: from...

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    What’s Next

    by  • 26 April 2014

    Friday was my last day at Bitly. Starting now, I am concentrating on TodaysMeet. TodaysMeet has been a side project of mine for a long time, and lived for several years without much input or attention from me. Recently, though, it’s been growing, and I have been spending more time with it. The more...

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    Patching Heartbleed

    by  • 9 April 2014

    Because this took several hours of trial and error, I want to run through what I did to patch OpenSSL for Heartbleed (CVE-2014-0160) on TodaysMeet—and ask for a little help. I hope it saves some folks some time. The upside of using system package repos is not having to build them yourself. The downside...

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    On Mozilla and Brendan Eich

    by  • 4 April 2014

    Two things have been clear to me for the past week: Losing Brendan from the Mozilla organization and community is a terrible blow, and we’re all worse off for it. Brendan could not continue as CEO. It feels cheap and easy to talk about this now, as if to say “oh yeah, I felt...

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    Next for NextUp

    by  • 13 February 2014

    In late 2008 or early 2009, Ben and I were in a recurring status meeting—these days we’d call it a stand-up—that tended to run long. So we mashed up his designs and a little JavaScript and put up NextUp, a PTI-inspired way to agree on a schedule ahead of time and stick to it....

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