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14
Sep 17

It Never Fails…

The weather is always most beautiful… the last week of a sprint. I need a waterproof laptop, with wireless broadband, available everywhere on the planet (though I’d settle for just all of Wisconsin). Is that too much to ask?


02
Mar 17

Accidental Load Testing

In my example test automation code, I generally setup the tests to run against my own server. I feel that it would be downright rude to have random folks running these tests against my digital neighbors. I’m happy to have them run against my server… I mean, it’s kind of the point of the thing.

The downside is when folks start tinkering with the code… and maybe change a locator within a loop to see what happens. Like my friend in India @ 202.88.222.186 likely did this morning (well… my morning, anyway), and started PEGGING MY SERVER :)

It’s fine… I do appreciate the accidental load testing


21
Feb 17

On The Move (Digitally)

My–now former–web host decided to triple my annual rate, come renewal time, which was the impetus for me to finally move my sites to my own server. So over this past long weekend, I finalized the move over to my favorite cloud server co., DigitalOcean ($10 promo code link!).

It ended up being pretty fun… in a nerdy kinda way. I decided to go with LEMP, over LAMP, and I gotta say, NGINX is pretty fantastic. I’m also making use of CloudFlare, a CDN, DNS, security, performance w√ľnderkind! And it’s FREE.

Anywho, if you notice anything not working on the site, please ping me using one of the contacts in the sidebar. TANKS!


11
Jun 15

Charter Communications Sucks

dinosaurMy current ISP is Charter, and yes, like all of their brethren, they suck.

For the past four years I’ve signed up for their two year, $40/mo, internet-only program, which they DO NOT ADVERTISE, but will begrudgingly give you if you call and cmplain enough. Well two months ago this ran out. I called to sign up for another two years… only to find out they now REALLY, REALLY don’t offer it anymore. So after three calls, I eventually believed them… for reals. Hardball. Fine.

They raised my rate to $67 a month…. ouch.

So I paid the first month and looked around at ANY other provider. But, as they know, there are no alternatives that don’t also suck ass. Lame.

So I got my second bill from them today and decided… fuck them. I called and told them I wanted to cancel, and that it was because of the price. They then offered me another year @ $40/mo.

Clearly I wasn’t complaining enough!

This is less than ideal customer service… and yet it seems to have become an industry norm. And while 1/3rd of Charter’s business (internet), is killing the other 2/3rds (phone/tv), at least this gives them a step up on car salesmen and realtors for “most annoyingly tolerated, unnecessary, service providers on the planet” award. For now.

Anyway, I won’t say “problem solved”, but I’m willing to celebrate “problem temporarily averted”. I look forward to the day when some Google-sized meteor finally kills off these dinosaurs.


12
Feb 15

Can You Give Me A Login?

P1000811-1QA folk are protective of their logins, and rightly so. We create users to test with, and expect their accounts to be in the state we left them in. It’s not convenience… it’s essential.

But Devs will ask you for a login to this server, or that server. So send them the link to the wiki page that describes how they can create their own logins, and even walk them through it if need be.

But if they still come asking for a login, try creating, and sending them a login with the username “lazydevs”. Problem solved :)

Sometimes the passive-aggressive solution is the right solution.