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Using chef to provision a Django webapp

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to deploy a Django webapp on your own server just based on a git repo URL? I set out to try this using the neat-looking family of "application" chef cookbooks. These can be used to setup nginx, gunicorn and a Django webapp. With a few more chef recipe extensions we ca ...

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An .asoundrc ALSA config for the PS3 Eye

It took quite some fiddling for me to get ALSA setup to record sound from my PS3 Eye USB camera and to play back sound using my onboard Intel PCH sound device. Here's the result: # ps3 eye ## Suggested by http://julius.sourceforge.jp/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=66 pcm.array { type hw c ...

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The experience of participating in a MOOC

I just finished taking a Coursera course on Software Defined Networking (SDN), taught by Dr. Nick Feamster from Georgia Tech. Since I was initially undecided on whether or not I should take it, I thought to blog about the experience, in case it will help anyone else make such decisions in the future.

Posted by michiel on

Back after mod_wsgi & Python 3

The Python-powered bits of this website (my portfolio as well as the redirection to the blog that's active for '/' unfortunately) threw up HTTP error 500's since Nov 18. Unfortunately I only now noticed this, though I'm not sure if Django's email reporting system would've alerted me about this. I ...

Posted by michiel on

Moving from Amazon EC2 to a VPS

In my "hello world" blogpost, I mentioned that I used an Amazon EC2 micro instance to host this website (as well as other content, like my personal bugtracker, repositories etc). This was very attractive at the time, since using the Amazon Web Services Free Tier meant that I could do that for free ( ...

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Bridge/modem only mode for Thomson routers (TG587nv2 / O2 wireless box IV)

Bridge/modem only mode for Thomson routers (TG587nv2 / O2 wireless box IV)

Logical topology after turning a TG587nv2 into a modem only device, letting another router do the routing while still making use of its other features.

I unfortunately haven't had the best experiences with ISP-provided routers so far, so when I got the O2 wireless box IV (a rebranded Thomson TG587nv2), I wanted to configure it as a bridge or "modem only", so that I could let one of my routers (that has an Ethernet WAN port) do the routing. Ideally, ...