Monthly Archives: March 2009

screen grab logging

This is more of a short-term workaround than a solution, but it’s kind of fun. I’m doing some performance testing of one of our java servers, and I want my test to run in the night while I’m asleep. The test has previously been run using jconsole to get graphs of memory and thread usage. […]

dns323 podcast downloader

Our server box is taking over lots of little download tasks for us. The next thing I wanted it to do is automatically get podcasts. Being a Ruby fan I knocked up a little script – it’s handy having RSS reading as a core language library! #!/ffp/bin/env ruby require ‘open-uri’ require ‘rss’   CONFFILE=’/ffp/etc/mypodder.conf’ PODCASTDIR=’/mnt/HD_a2/podcasts’ […]

WordPress misbehaving

This is a test post since I am having some trouble with WordPress. It’s probably about time I upgraded it, but I don’t like to upgrade software which works. But if it stops working… why would it stop working?

Gardening by Numbers

AKA what else can we turn into an engineering problem? Last summer my wife and I bought a house, and for the first time we have our own garden. We were keen to grow some veg, but since we moved in the summer we had missed most of the growing season last year. The garden […]