Harry Homeowner: Hint for blowing-out your sprinklers via a Febco 765

Monday Apr. 15, 2013 - 12:12 pm

I was an idiot this spring and re-started my sprinkler system wayyy too early. We're promised snow and below-freezing temperatures, so I bought an 8-gallon air compressor off Craigslist and set upon blowing the system out once again.

Today, like in the past, I had trouble building up enough pressure to get my Febco 765 backflow preventor to "pop" up and allow the air pressure to even reach the sprinkler system. There's not a whole lot of useful information on the web about how to get around the perpetual "hissing sound," so here goes.

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Using drush shell-alias to do sql-sync and files rsync

Friday Mar. 29, 2013 - 11:11 am

Spent a bit of time today to (finally) streamline my workflow around sync'ing local development sites to a production site. Often times my customer or I will make changes to the production site's configuration or content, and it's helpful to have a copy of all those hard-to-version bits to use as a starting point locally. Assuming you've set up site aliases already, here's what I whipped up for inclusion in my drushrc.php file:

Caching Drupal with Varnish: An introduction

Tuesday Mar. 26, 2013 - 12:12 pm

I'm presenting tonight at the Denver/Boulder Drupal User Group on using Varnish Cache to speed up Drupal. Included is a discussion of an advanced technique to cache pages for anonymous users when the content of the page may differ based on a user's non-session cookie.

Here are the slides - enjoy!

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Op-ed: Tuition refund debit cards bad for students

Wednesday Jun. 13, 2012 - 6:06 am

The below op-ed was published in the June 13, 2012 issue of the Greeley Tribune. The Tribune's paywall blocks all but the first sentence from anonymous users, so I'm posting the piece in its entirety, below. It may differ slightly from what was printed, for I don't know if they made any edits.

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Use SoftLayer API to reboot server/instance with STONITH

Thursday Jun. 7, 2012 - 1:01 am

I posted recently about using IPMI cards on SoftLayer dedicated servers with Pacemaker's external/ipmi plugin.

IPMI is nice but not optimal, especially since the card depends on power from the same source as the machine it's tasked with killing. Ideally we need to use the power strip to cycle a degraded server.