professional geek ramblings
est. 2003


  • Discourse Fresh Install on Mac OS

    Introduction So, most of the install instructions are correct, but there are a few extra steps I had to figure out. I will go through the steps to install Discourse on Mac OS. Prerequisites You need to have the following installed: Homebrew Redis PostgreSQL Ruby Bundler Node.js Yarn Mailhog Sidekiq... read more
  • The Declaration of Snugland

    🏴‍☠️ The Declaration of Snugland 🏴‍☠️ Be it known to all ye hearty souls, scallywags, and pillow-fort enthusiasts! Whereas the sun doth rise and set upon the softest of cushions, and the moon doth cast its silvery glow upon our fleece blankets, we, the merry band of Snugglers, do hereby... read more
  • Mangekyo

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  • My Journey to Setting up a Local Development Mastodon Instance

    I’ve been looking for a way to update my skills in web development recently while searching for a new job. I’ve been working in the IT industry for over 20 years now, mostly in the .NET sphere. I noticed that I was turning down a few really interesting opportunities because... read more
  • SOLVED: Ruby on Monterey

    I was able to get ruby installed on my MacBook thanks to this guide. I already had GitHub setup, but I didn’t have rbenv installed. Following this guide got me back working in ruby without the friction. read more
  • GitHub CoPilot

    I was using GitHub CoPilot and ran into a perfect example of keystrokes saved when writing boilerplate code. First, I created a list here with jekyll and copied that list into a DbContext class that I wanted that seed data added to. As I was typing the first model data,... read more
  • An error occurred while installing racc

    An error occurred while installing racc (1.6.2), and Bundler cannot continue. I’m trying to get jekyll to build on my MacBook, with macOS Monterey v12.6.2 and it’s hanging up on racc. I’m in the middle of trying to fix this on my MacBook Pro, and this answer on dicuss.rubyonrails.org that... read more
  • PostXING.MetaWeblogProxy - a C# proxy for calling the MetaWeblog API via xml-rpc

    I am happy to announce the release of PostXING.MetaWeblogProxy, a C# proxy for calling the MetaWeblog API via xml-rpc. The project is hosted on GitHub: PostXING.MetaWeblogProxy read more
  • Starting a new journey

    I started a new job yesterday. It’s great to start a new journey and I’m so excited for what this new job has in store for me. They trusted me from the get-go by giving me a laptop and two monitors. ngl I felt a bit nervous at first -... read more
  • RE: bluefenix.net

    I’ve upgraded bluefenix.net and changed it up a little bit. The copy that was there previously turned out to be custom lorem ipsum content. I still have some copy to figure out but I’m very pleased with the outcome so far. In the process I upgraded to bootstrap 4 and... read more
  • bluefenix.net

    a new hope I’m still working on copy, but I’ve relaunched bluefenix.net. It will be linked to this blog right here…I’m putting the finishing touches on my business for Computer Science consulting. Wish me luck. read more
  • 2019-09-19 15:45:33

    I changed the post and draft tasks in the Rakefile for this site to use the current date as the title if the user doesn’t add one. Makes more sense…the title can be changed later if desired. read more
  • ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension

    I ran into this problem on a fresh install of Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS. I had not installed development tools yet, so I found this which prompted me to add: ruby-dev gcc libffi-dev make That got the gems building, but it kept giving me an error after build: checking for gzdopen()... read more
  • bee vs hive

    “That which injures the hive injures the bee.” - Marcus Aurelius read more
  • github for windows and babun

    If you are on windows 10, you can simply use a linux subsystem. That ain’t what we’re talmbout here. babun is a cygwin based shell with a bunch of defaults added that aren’t included with the portablegit install that comes with github for windows. Some of those defaults that I... read more

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