Brian Cantoni

Big data, mobile, software, web, sports

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Recommended Tech Podcasts

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:32:38 +0000

Here’s what I’m currently listening to when I can. They’ve been piling up a little bit now that my commute is so short, but last week I had a round-trip drive from San Jose to Fresno so really got caught up :) See last year’s updates at Best Technical Podcasts. .NET Rocks! [rss] Hosted by … Continue reading Recommended Tech Podcasts

Tweetfave Growth Tops 240K Tweets

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 22:15:35 +0000

Ever since I launched Tweetfave in 2013, it’s been quietly working away and slowly growing. (For some more of the background, see Brief History of Tweetfave.) An update on the numbers so far: Over 200 users have tried the service, with over 100 still active Over 240,000 favorite tweets have been marked and emailed Here’s … Continue reading Tweetfave Growth Tops 240K Tweets

Twitter Favorites RSS Feeds

Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:30:06 +0000

Twitter dropped RSS feeds in early 2013 (Mashable) and never had direct support for RSS feeds from favorites. I still use Twitter favorites as a bookmark or “read it later” service for myself and have been running the Tweetfave service for over 2 years now. Tying these ideas together, I’ve just rolled out Twitter favorites … Continue reading Twitter Favorites RSS Feeds

Nest for Sprinklers: OpenSprinkler

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 01:50:42 +0000

My friend Jeff Cable was one of the early adopters of the Nest thermostat. At the time we talked a lot about the obvious next step of supporting home sprinkler/irrigation controls. Especially here in California (where we are in a pretty serious drought), having better control over irrigation (not to mention the remote access) seems … Continue reading Nest for Sprinklers: OpenSprinkler

Yahoo! Pipes Closing

Sat, 06 Jun 2015 23:24:59 +0000

I was sad to see this week that Yahoo! Pipes will be closing soon. Pipes launched in early 2007, so it had a pretty good 8+ year run. People created some pretty crazy mashups with Pipes. For me the simple ability to combine RSS feeds with some simple logic was very useful (for example: 2014 … Continue reading Yahoo! Pipes Closing

Best Technical Podcasts

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 23:40:40 +0000

Every so often I like to publish my current podcast subscriptions (last update from late 2013: Top 7 Technical Podcasts). Since joining DataStax a year ago my commute time is significantly shorter, so I’ve slimmed down my playlist as well. Here is my current subscription list: Hanselminutes [rss] One of my favorites. Scott Hanselman is … Continue reading Best Technical Podcasts

Traffic Resuming After WordPress Hack

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 01:06:46 +0000

Early in March this site was hit with a WordPress hack that was present for about 10 days until I discovered and fixed it. After the fix I was frequently checking Google Webmaster Tools to make sure search results returned. After about one week, my traffic (from Google at least) had pretty much recovered to … Continue reading Traffic Resuming After WordPress Hack

Recovering from a WordPress Hack

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:47:40 +0000

Last night I had the unpleasant discovery that this site’s WordPress had been “hacked”, with every post redirecting to an uploaded “this site has been hacked” variety of HTML file. I looked back and realized it happened on March 1st and mad at myself for not noticing sooner. Fortunately it was pretty easy to clean … Continue reading Recovering from a WordPress Hack

DataStax Installer with Vagrant

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 02:06:56 +0000

I’ve continued to make improvements to my “Cassandra on Vagrant” project (Using Vagrant for Local Cassandra Development) which shows how to install open-source Cassandra or DataStax Enterprise in a variety of different ways. Using Vagrant is very helpful for local development and testing. Virtual images can be created very quickly and can be erased when … Continue reading DataStax Installer with Vagrant

Tech Advent Calendars – 2014

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 22:54:38 +0000

It’s that time of the year again – Advent calendars for many tech communities. As in past years (2011, 2012, 2013), I’ve gathered a few here that should be interesting: Perf Planet Advent (performance) – Feed 24ways Advent (web design/development) – Feed Perl Advent (Perl language) – Feed Java Advent (Java language) – Feed UXMas … Continue reading Tech Advent Calendars – 2014