Ideas on Software Engineering

Software Engineer / Philosopher

Drumming as Exercise Routine

I wanted to get into a regular exercise routine, but I have a really hard time getting into a routine doing something I really don't enjoy. In the past I've tried to get into running on my treadmill. Running on the treadmill is really hard for me – my mind starts to wander and I get utterly bored after only a few minutes. Even with music or Netflix to distract me while I run, I just can't do it.

Writing a Good Linux Init Script

A good Linux init script that works across multiple distros is hard to find. Most distros have a sample/skeleton init script to base your own init scripts on, but that requires having a separate init script for each distro. For the Stackify Linux agent I wanted to have a single init script that would work on all common Linux distros. I had a decent init script that worked pretty well for ‘start’ and ‘stop’ commands, but not so much for ‘status’.

My Favorite Music of 2012

I am by no means a music critic, but typically at the end of the year I put together a list of my favorite music from the past year, albeit normally within the privacy of my own head. This year I decided I would make the list public. My musical tastes seem to be pretty eclectic and all over the board. Sometimes the albums that make it onto my list are a surprise even to myself.