Keyboard shortcuts, payloads, and some Arduino learning

I've been a software guy all my life. I love building software systems. Things that store data in large databases, you login, and the system does something. I've never really understood hardware. So when the Arduino and the Raspberry PI came out I ignored them for the most part. Lately though I've been seeing things through a different lens.

Some thoughts on books

Here is a stream of conciousness / opinions / reviews on the books that I've read in 2017.

2017 Notes to Myself

Nice to meet you 2017! Glad to see that you've made it here safely. I'm trying to be more honest and open so let me tell you about a few things that I wanted to put on the burner this year and why.

Controlling our badgers (ie capistrano deploys in a dynamic infrastructure)

Let's say you have a fairly dynamic infrastructure for your new Rails application mostly because you're scared of the Fail Whale. At the same time, you need to make sure that you can deploy code quickly using capistrano. And... you don't necessarily want to hard-code all the things. Here is how we solved it.

2015 Financial goals

I've made a few goals when managing the finances of our house. Like most people finances stress me out and most times it takes up way too much time. So this year, I've made a few goals related to managing our household finances.