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jquery newsticker

I recently implemented jquery newsticker for an intranet site. It is developed on github. It claims to be a "lightweight and easy to use news ticker" and I think they have done a good job. Has anyone else implemented a ticker? We meet at Bobby G’s Pizzeria on the second and fourth Sundays of each…

SDR for $15

At the meeting today several of us Amateur Radio people found an inexpensive 25MHz-1700MHz software defined radio receiver an extremely cool development. This wasn’t possible at this price in a consumer product until recently. We meet at Bobby G’s Pizzeria on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from Noon to 3PM in Berkeley…

anyenv

Does anyone have experience using anyenv? How did it go? TLDR version: In updating our meetings page for the new year I needed the Date::Calc perl module to run Michael’s great code. Turns out my perlbrew environment for perl was broken. I spoke to some folks in #perl on freenode.net and got some good advice.…

Lean IT

Information Technology (IT) has been getting leaner, doing more with less. Moore’s law marches on but CPU speeds and memory density aren’t often the primary impediments to getting something done. Lean IT is the application of some older ideas to IT using newer technologies. What have been your experiences with this? We meet at Bobby…

The Phoenix Project

In 2009 DevOps was born as described in a book, The Phoenix Project. I also tweeted about it. I’m just finishing the book and would like to discuss it with the group. We meet at Bobby G’s Pizzeria on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from Noon to 3PM in Berkeley near the…

TDD – Test-Driven Design

A newer, sometimes controversial best practice these days when writing good, maintainable code is to write the unit tests for your code before writing your code. This is called Test-Driven Development or Design. I have had some good experiences with this methodology lately. I have used the nose for python and the built in prove…

Internet Slowdown Protest

On September 10th websites protested online by displaying a symbolic loading symbol on their sites. The results measured by the number of calls, emails and comments conveyed to the FCC, Congress and the White house were strong. This is very important to us now. It is difficult to imagine our lives before the Internet. In…

HTTPS Everywhere

Web sites who install an SSL/TLS certificate allow the encryption of web browser traffic. Why should you care? Awareness for this need was raised for the public in April 2014 by the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug. HTTPS is especially useful in preventing eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attacks when using public Wi-Fi access points. Encrypting web browser traffic…