Side projects, books, technology and anything else I feel like writing about

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…

Avoiding AnyConnect

I've use an RSA key fob to generate tokens for VPN for as long as I can remember using VPN. Today, my key fob "expired" and I was forced to switch to an application based token generator. Along with this came an "upgrade" to Cisco AnyConnect, which I have heard nothing but negative things about from my coworkers. I knew that I did not want to install the client because it destroys…

UberConf 2016

I attended UberConf in Denver, CO from 7/19 - 7/22. This was my first UberConf, but it will most likely not be my last. The conference itself was well organized, at a beautiful location, and had a ton of excellent content presented by professionals. I attended the following sessions and added notes where I took them. The slides and audio are only made available to attendees so I will not be linking to them.…

Advent of Code

I have been learning Clojure and I am currently working through Clojure for the Brave and True. When I am learning a new language I like to have small challenge problems to solidify what I'm learning and to force me to solve practical problems. Learning to interact with the language via command line, handling file I/O, and web interaction is extremely important and these small problem lend themselves to those activities. In the past I…

2015 Favorite GitHub Projects

I like to create this list at the beginning of a new year and have been doing so for a couple years. I find this is the perfect time for me to talk about and filter through my starred GitHub projects. The hope is that others will find something useful and my world will be a little less cluttered. Here's my list in the order I discovered the projects: H2O - the optimized HTTP/1, HTTP/…