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My Year in Books 2017

Time for the yearly book parade! Here is my 2017 Year in Books from goodreads. The summary: 88 books 21,633 pages Average length 246 pages This year I set my goal at 40 books, but ended up reading 88. I did "cheat" a bit because most of what I read was Bleach, but I also read a number of excellent novels and tech books. I started reading A Game of Thrones series this…

Java One 2017

I attended Java One from October 1st - 5th. This year the conference was dominated by the announcement of Java 9, the new 6 month cadence for Java releases, and the synchronization between the Oracle and OpenJDK implementations. There were also a number of new open source projects released by Oracle. My favorites were JShell (part of Java 9) and Fn. The keynotes were the typical mix of announcements and commercials but I did get a…

Ionic and Ionic Native

At $work we have started a project using Ionic and Ionic Native. I didn't have any experience with it so I decided to make something fun and simple. I often play little song snippets during meetings so I decided to make a soundboard. There's a project on Github that was pretty similar to what I wanted so I took a couple key pieces from it and started creating a little app. Initially I was thinking I…

Linux System Monitoring Dashboards

I have a Linux NAS that I use to back up various things around the house. One day, I was unable to log into it via SSH. After I attempted a manual restart, I was still unable to log in. So, I had to drag a mouse, keyboard and monitor out of the closet to determine what was wrong. Turns out I had filled the small primary filesystem while saving bad sector data for a drive…

My year in reading 2016

For the past few years I've done my year in books. But, books are only a portion of what I read. I also read a ton of content on the web. With that in mind, I'm adding another wrinkle based on an email I received from Pocket with a summary of what I saved/read there. In case you don't feel like clicking, here's the high points: You read a ton in Pocket this year and…