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How to write a Minecraft/Bukkit Plugin for Spigot 1.9

Mon, 04 May 2015 06:26:11 +0000

The Minecraft community seems to have an obsession with doing everything on YouTube.  For some people that’s great, but as someone who is already a coder and I just need to know the environment-specific details for coding for Minecraft I have a really hard time sitting through an hour of tutorial videos just to get … Continue reading How to write a Minecraft/Bukkit Plugin for Spigot 1.9



Ubuntu is 10

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:06:21 +0000

I saw “Happy 10th Birthday, Ubuntu” go by in my feed today… Today is the 10th anniversary of Ubuntu‘s first release.  This is slightly nostalgic as I was employed by them at the time.  I was actually the very first employee of MRS Virtual Development (the legal name of the entity at the time), Robert … Continue reading Ubuntu is 10



Nothing interesting to say in this venue, I suppose

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:02:52 +0000

It’s been a few years since I’ve posted anything here…  Mozilla IT has a blog now, and most of my work-related posts have been going there.  Most of my personal stuff has been going on Facebook or Twitter.  Just the way things go as technology evolves I suppose.



The Rainbow Bridge

Thu, 26 May 2011 16:58:38 +0000

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, … Continue reading The Rainbow Bridge



The hardware behind bugzilla.mozilla.org

Wed, 04 May 2011 18:40:38 +0000

I recently did up a diagram of how our Bugzilla site was set up, mostly for the benefit of other sysadmins trying to find the various pieces of it.  Several folks expressed interest in sharing it with the community just to show an example of how we were set up.  So I cleaned it up … Continue reading The hardware behind bugzilla.mozilla.org



Android application wish list: monitor phone status via a web page served from the phone

Sun, 08 Aug 2010 21:53:58 +0000

I have an HTC Evo running Android 2.2 (Froyo).  I absolutely love the thing.  The only downside is the short battery life.  One really cool feature it has is the WiFi HotSpot utility, which lets you turn the phone into a WiFi access point, sharing the 3G or 4G internet connection to the wifi.  It … Continue reading Android application wish list: monitor phone status via a web page served from the phone



Upgrading bugzilla.mozilla.org to version 3.4.3

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:41:57 +0000

We’re finally at the point where I can say we’re ready to upgrade Bugzilla @ Mozilla this weekend.  We’re aiming for Sunday evening (probably 6pm PST).  I’ll post again when I know how long it’ll be down for (and that’ll be included in the eventual downtime notice on the IT blog as well). There’s a … Continue reading Upgrading bugzilla.mozilla.org to version 3.4.3



Upgrading from RHEL4 to RHEL5 without a CD or a PXE server

Mon, 31 Aug 2009 20:55:07 +0000

At Mozilla, since our server farm has gotten so big, we’ve gotten reloading and upgrading machines kind of down to a science. We have a PXE server in each colo, and installations and upgrades run over the network. It’s a great system until you get to one of the following two situations: The machine you … Continue reading Upgrading from RHEL4 to RHEL5 without a CD or a PXE server



Help from the community ensures a smooth download experience for Firefox 3.0.8

Sun, 29 Mar 2009 05:29:03 +0000

Most people reading this probably already know that Mozilla utilizes a network of volunteers hosting downloads of Firefox (and other Mozilla products).  All of these volunteer sites are listed in a database with a numeric weight that shows, relative to the other sites in the database, how much traffic they can handle.  When you click … Continue reading Help from the community ensures a smooth download experience for Firefox 3.0.8



Pretty Cure comes to America

Sun, 08 Mar 2009 04:25:05 +0000

Well, to Canada at least.  Canadian cable network YTV started broadcasting the English dub of the original Pretty Cure series yesterday morning on Canadian television. From the reviews I’ve seen, it sounds like they did a pretty good job of localizing it without dumbing it down, and still faithfully tell the original story.  It would … Continue reading Pretty Cure comes to America