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Maarten Ectors01/04/13
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The Open Hardware Revolution

If you haven’t heart of Arduino or Raspberry Pi, then you need to get up to speed urgently. Arduino is revolutionizing hardware and gadget innovations.

Eric Minick01/04/13
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"Application Release Automation" is a Terrible Term

The analysts agree, uDeploy and its competitors are “Application Release Automation” tools. We used the same term on our website. Unfortunately, “Application Release Automation” is a bad description for this class of tools.

Eric Gregory01/03/13
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Ubuntu is Coming to Smartphones: What Could You Use It For?

Canonical announced today that Ubuntu is headed for smartphones, touting the full capability of a Linux PC in a gesture-based mobile version of the OS. If you think you'll use it, what kind of projects do you have in mind?

Ralf Quebbemann01/03/13
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Upgrading to Maven 3.1.1 caused Jenkins Maven Job to Fail

After upgrading Maven on my Jenkins CI build server to version 3.1.1 I encountered problems with my Maven build jobs in Jenkins (version 1.544). The error message looks something like this:

Mark Needham01/03/13
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The Tracer Bullet Approach: An Example

We were building an internal application for an insurance company and didn’t have any idea how difficult it was going to be to put something into production so we decided to find out on the first day of the project.

Erich Styger01/03/13
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PWM and Shell for a LED

Controlling a LED is a great starter for any embedded project: simple and you immediately get feedback if it works.

Mark Needham01/03/13
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Sed: Replacing Characters with a New Line

I’ve been playing around with writing some algorithms in both Ruby and Haskell and the latter wasn’t giving the correct result so I wanted to output an intermediate state of the two programs and compare them.

Mikko Ohtamaa01/02/13
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Sendmail Using Nullmailer and a Gmail Account on a Linux Server

When you run VPS servers or other “low end” boxes it is common scenario need to setup a outgoing email mail transfer agent to get reports from cron jobs or enable PHP scripts to send email.

Roger Hughes01/02/13
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Super Fast Tomcat Installation using FTP and Version Control

A simple way of creating tomcat server installations in seconds.

Eric Minick01/02/13
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For Audit, Control the Binaries

We include a built in package repository, CodeStation, with AnthillPro, uBuild and uDeploy. They also integrate with third party repos. We place much emphasis on this capability because it is critical for safety, governance and audit.

Eric Gregory01/02/13
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Understanding Networking in VirtualBox

Looking to better understand networking in VirtualBox? Oracle's Fat Bloke offers an extremely detailed primer.

Umashankar Ankuri01/01/13
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A JUnit Tutorial for Beginners

JUnit is an open source framework designed by Kent Beck, Erich Gamma for the purpose of writing and running test cases for java programs. In the case of web applications JUnit is used to test the application with out server. This framework builds a relationship between development and testing process.

Eric Gregory01/01/13
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"FedEx" Commits with Continuous Delivery

At the 2012 San Francisco JUC, Cloudbees' Toomas Romer and Anton Arhipov discuss continuous delivery: "Packages sent via FedEx go through a tracked, automated process that makes sure that the package arrives promptly at its destination..."

Mikko Ohtamaa01/01/13
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A Skype Bot with UNIX Scripting and HTTP Webhooks Integration

Skype is the most popular IM client with over 200 million monthly users. It’s easy and reliable: anyone can use it anywhere, even on mobile. When you are working with virtual teams, Skype group chats become vital tool of communication.

Mark Needham01/01/13
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TextMate Bundles Location on Mountain Lion

Something that I’ve noticed when trying to install various different bundles is that the installation instructions which worked flawlessly on Snow Leopard don’t seem to do the job on Mountain Lion.

Mark Needham12/31/12
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Restricting Your Own Learning

For the first few years that I worked professionally* every project that I worked on was different enough to the previous ones that I was always learning something new without having to put much effort in.

Gareth Rushgrove12/31/12
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My Personal Package Repository

I’m a big fan of system packages for lots of reasons and have often ended up rolling my own debian package repository at work, or working with others that have done so. Recently I finally got round to setting up a personal package repo, at

Oliver Hookins12/31/12
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Personal Off-Site Backups

Unlike many, I’m actually a good boy and do backups of my personal data (for which I can mostly thank my obsessive-compulsive side). However, up until now I’ve been remiss in my duties to also take these backups off-site.

robinshine 12/31/12
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QuickBuild 5.0 released - Continuous Integration and Deployment Server

QuickBuild is a continuous integration and deployment server featuring build definition inheritance and overriding to easily handle large number of projects.

Andy Hawthorne12/30/12
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Installing Ubuntu 12.10 in a VirtualBox VM

Here are some notes regarding how to install Ubuntu 12.10 in a VirtualBox VM. It contains a set of slides since the process is well represented visually.

Eric Gregory12/30/12
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Administering PostgreSQL (When It's Not Your Job)

In this video from PyCon Argentina 2012, PostgreSQL experts help you administer the database when it's not your job: "In this DevOps world, Django programmers are increasingly being asked to manage the database as well..."

Tom O'connor12/29/12
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Dennis Nedry and the Human Single Point of Failure

After you've spent the last year or two eliminating the single points of failure from your computational infrastructure, you realise that you're the only one who knows which cronjobs run when, and on which servers.

Brian Gracely12/29/12
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What Will You Do for Free in 2013?

The most frequent conversation I had this year was with colleagues who asked for advice on their "career path". How should they stay motivated? How do they take on new or bigger responsibility? How do they earn more money?

Tommy Patterson12/28/12
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Browsing Hyper-V VM Folders in Hyper-V 2012: Think Datastores for VMware Admins

During my Pro Camp events I often get asked about Hyper-V “Datastores,” in that VMware administrators want to know how to access them, search through the contents, and move files around.

Mikko Ohtamaa12/28/12
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What's Wrong with Unix People?

I don’t want to flame here, but the argument that one should not position a cursor using a mouse reflects either total 1) ignorance 2) stupidy 3) lack of vision.