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Brian Cantoni



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Tech Advent Calendars – 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:48:20 +0000

It’s that time of the year again and I’m happy to see Advent calendars for many tech communities are still going strong. As in past years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and for some reason skipped 2015), I’ve gathered a few here that I’ll be following this year: 24 ways (web design & development) – Feed … Continue reading Tech Advent Calendars – 2016



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