I like chef-zero a lot. There’s so much overlap between chef’s products: chef-zero, chef-solo, chef-apply - yes, each have their own uses, but I digress. Chef-zero has been relatively pain-free for me - except when I tried to get it running - trying to figure out why it wasn’t fetching the cookbooks was so annoying! I went and RTFM couple of times, no dice. Then I decided to not skim read and read the entire thing.
I have begun to use Terminator quite a lot. Terminator’s quite handy when you want to connect to multiple servers on a single terminal thanks to its split pane feature. (And yes I know about tmux & screen - I have screen on my servers, don’t want to get into the headache that is nested screen panes).
Few days back we were preparing for a big migration & deploy and I was tasked upon to prepare a failover just in case the migration goes wrong. I have an automated daily backup from prod and restore to local server, I decided to restore from the MySQL dump on the local server onto the AWS instance via the automated process. Since database restores can take a bit of time, I started the restore and went over to grab some coffee. Once back, I noticed that the import was done and proceeded with a rake db:migrate and realized that rake was doing a migration going all the way back from the start… that did not look proper.
Few months ago for our second wedding Anniversary, after much discussions on what to get for each other - we decided to get a PlayStation 4. This was a rather surprising decision considering
- I’ve never been a console gamer(barring the SNES clones that Dad got for my Brahmopadesham)
- I’ve had a fairly decent gaming computer and spend a lot of time in front of the computer than a TV
- I really don’t like playing with controllers and pretty bad with it
Few months back Subbu lent me his PS Vita loaded with.. pretty much all the Vita games on the planet - however, my aim was to play Persona 4 as it has come highly recommended by Mike, Kush and just about everyone else. And I did, and really enjoyed it. When I was not playing Persona 4, Jo would occasionally grab the Vita and play Sound Shapes - and she really enjoyed it as well.
With our Anniversary in sight and us liking the Vita so much, I thought we should get the Vita, but with lack of games and us both wanting to play together, we ended up with the PS4. I waited for a bit till I got a deal on the PS4 - the PlayStation 4 1TB “Ultimate Player Edition" had price drop of Rs. 3,000, decided to grab that. Besides the increased storage, the bundle came with 2 games(inFamous Second Son and God of War Remastered back then)
For every Barcamp event that comes and goes by, I try to think of what new thing I can do to make it a bit better. Off late, I’ve been using Inbox by Gmail almost exclusively. I love the product, particularly for the cards that show up that gives you a brief info about the mail(ex: Event reservation details/Flight details etc) without even opening the email.
I noticed that Meetup does the same. So I thought to myself, why not implement this for the mailer we send out to folks who have RSVP’d for the event? We do sent a short ‘here’s what you should look forward to’ email, it’d be cool to add the event details so that people using Google Now would get notification and the Now card as well.
The biggest problem when I started looking out was that I didn’t even know what they were known as! After bit of searching with various keywords (“triggering Google now cards”, “Inbox cards”, “Inbox mail preview”) I found that the actual term is “Gmail actions". Gmail actions use markup from schema.org for powering these snippets.