Sunday, March 11, 2018
For over a year I have used ChromeOS on an HP Chromebook 13, and more recently a Google Pixelbook, as my work operating system. I was apprehensive at first to use a Chromebook after using Mac laptops personally and professionally for over 10 years. However, I have been pleasantly surprised with ChromeOS because of its simplicity, cloud integrations, ease of updates, and I have started using it more and more over macOS.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Google Drive makes it very easy to share files. You can easily and securely share files to anyone with a Google account or to anyone else by creating a shareable link that is accessible to anyone that knows the link. The shareable link contains a 33 character random string, so it’s very difficult to guess the URL if you are worried about someone other than your intended recipient looking at the shared file.
Monday, November 13, 2017
I am a big fan of Google’s Chromecast. I really like having a dumb device attached to an unfortunately not dumb TV that is entirely controlled via a smart phone. It keeps the number of remotes to a minimum, and it allows anyone on your network to easily watch their own content. I rarely have troubles casting to a Chromecast except when using particular mobile apps that do not implement the Chromecast APIs properly.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Multi-tier architectures are a common way to design web applications:
The different tiers could be deployed to a single virtual machine. Configuration management tools such as Ansible, Salt, Chef, or Puppet could be used to automate the deployment process. However, if the web application needs to start handling more traffic, it is only a matter of time before the resources of that single virtual machine are consumed. The single virtual machine could be scaled up by adding more CPU, RAM, and storage, but there is usually an upper limit to doing that.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
If you are just getting started with containers and container orchestration, it can be difficult to focus on what to learn with all the different technologies available. It is important to understand the basics so you can build your foundational knowledge.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
This entire blog is statically generated using Jekyll. However, I am unable to use any of the options above, because, over the blog’s lifetime, I have changed domain names, changed URL schemes, and renamed posts, and I wanted to keep alive all of the old URLs.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Anyone involved with web development, web application programming, creating REST APIs, or interfacing with REST APIs is going to have the
curl command in their tool belt. It is an extremely versatile tool that can talk to many different protocols.
Monday, March 6, 2017
This blog has existed under a few domain names: workingconfig.com, thornelaboratories.net, and, now, thornelabs.net. workingconfig.com didn’t exist for very long, and never had many - if any - backlinks to it; it didn’t make sense to keep those URLs alive. thornelaboratories.net, on the other hand, did exist for a longer period of time, and it had enough URLs I wanted to keep alive.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
yum command, and now the newer
dnf command, typically provide all of the functionality needed to manage packages on RPM-based Linux distributions. However, sometimes you just need to use the
rpm command to fix a problem or get a piece of information about a package
dnf might not provide.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
I have always preferred web development. I think it’s due to how quickly something can be published and made available to the world.
There are an endless number of tools and resources available for web developers. This post aggregates some of the tools and resources I have used throughout my projects.