Ansible first impressions

Friday, February 08 2013

After brief visits with Puppet and Chef for config management, I’ve set my sights on Ansible. It’s late and I’ve been staring at this stuff for way too long today, but here are some early observations:

  • I really like that it is written in Python. Puppet and ...
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Amazon Elastic Transcoder Review

Wednesday, January 30 2013

Amazon Elastic Transcoder was released just a few short days ago. Given that we do a lot of encoding at Pathwright, this was of high interest to us. A year or two ago, we wrote media-nommer which is similar to Amazon’s Transcoder, and it has worked well for us ...

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MUD tech is fun/cool, but…

Tuesday, January 08 2013

As software development evolves, there are an ever-expanding number of ways to put together very complex, elaborate systems that are fun to geek out on. Multi-processing is becoming increasingly prevalent, distributed systems are a boon to cases with massive scalability or reliability requirements, and there are all kinds of neat ...

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Why I won’t be gifting this Christmas

Monday, December 10 2012

As I slogged through December 2010 with a one eye on the wallet, and the other on my Christmas shopping list, I arrived at an important realization: I had stopped enjoying what Christmas had become. As a child, the stressful, time-consuming, expensive parts were hidden away; it was fun and ...

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python-route53 released!

Wednesday, November 14 2012

After some more time in the cooker, python-route53 1.0 has landed on PyPi. This is a stand-alone Route 53 package, independent from the one in boto. The major hilights are:

  • Python 2.7 and 3.x compatibility.
  • Extremely simple API
  • Powered by requests

Read the documentation, see the source ...

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python-route53 feedback wanted

Thursday, November 08 2012

Late last night (or early this morning), I finished the draft of python-route53, a stand-alone Route 53 module with Python 3.x and Python 2.7 compatibility. Route 53 is an excellent DNS service offered by Amazon Web Services. It exposes everything through an API.

My intentions with python-route53 are ...

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Evennia MUD server gets BSD’d

Friday, November 02 2012

As of a few days ago, the Evennia MUD server has been re-licensed under the BSD License. We feel like this will knock down another barrier for those considering running a game with Evennia. I can’t recommend this codebase enough for anyone who may have caught the MUD development ...

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python-fedex and colormath re-licensed under BSD

Tuesday, October 23 2012

I am happy to announce that python-fedex and python-colormath have been re-licensed under the BSD License. At the time these two packages were created, there were reasons for GPL’ing these. However, said reasons have long since been removed, so it’s BSD time!

My involvement with both of these ...

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python-bluefin 1.3 released

Tuesday, October 16 2012

python-bluefin 1.3 has been released, now with improved error handling. The major feature in this release is that we have smoothed over some inconsistencies in Bluefin’s error handling.

Instead of setting an HTTP status code indicating an error like they do for most of the Bluefin API errors ...

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python-bluefin 1.2 released, sans urllib2

Wednesday, September 19 2012

python-bluefin 1.2 has been released. python-bluefin is a very thin wrapper around the Bluefin payment gateway’s API. The two major changes are:

  • urllib2 has been removed, with the excellent requests taking its place.
  • We now check directmode’s status_code for known failure codes and raise exceptions based on ...
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