I recently found myself looking for a modern tool to diagram relationships between tables of data. When I came up short, I used a very old tool instead.
.NET Core makes it convenient to develop and test C# code across platforms. On my current project, this means we can do much of our work on Macs without ever firing up a Windows VM. Even the best abstraction layers occasionally leak, though. Here’s a story of an OSX-specific issue we encountered, what we learned, […]
Dynamic DNS (DDNS) can give your home’s changing IP a reliable hostname. I recently redid mine with some new tools. Here’s how it went!
I’ve been meaning to try out fish for ages, and I was finally inspired to dive in after reading Julia Evans’ recent take on it. In this post, I’ll describe some highlights from my first week.
I don’t think I have a particularly common name, but I’ve received email intended for at least four other John Rubles. This creates awkward and amusing situations. Here are some of my stories and some lessons we can take from them for implementing email-based account systems.
Our client wanted a demo version of their Ember app to take to trade shows, use for sales demos, etc. Ideally, it would run on a laptop with no internet connection and not require the use of any developer tools. We decided to run the Ember app against a mocked backend. Mirage After briefly surveying […]
As software developers, we’ve long used third-party code in our day-to-day work, but these days, it’s much easier to find and integrate it with package managers and searchable repositories. Inevitably, there comes a time when our unique use of a library exposes a new bug, or we find that we could almost use that sweet […]
We use a popular brand of network camera as a baby monitor at home. The camera’s been great, but I have one minor quibble with its web interface. It doesn’t work very well in small window sizes.