Archive for Jul 2008

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PowerDNS on Rails, the saga continues

After a misrable production implementation of BIND on a MySQL backend, we were forced to re-evaluate our use of PowerDNS, and what happens to the BIND DLZ on Rails project.

I’m glad to announce that PowerDNS on Rails will be taking over where BIND...

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BIND DLZ on Rails RC1 tagged and iced

It is with great excitement, and sadness that I announce the tag of BIND DLZ on Rails RC1.

We were very motivated as a team to get this product, and the accompanying infrastructure in place so would could continue to enhance and expand our DNS infrastructure...

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BIND DLZ Update: Nearing in on RC1

UPDATE (Jul 22, 2008): I don’t have connectivity at home at the moment, so I’ll roll our production systems over to BIND (and BIND DLZ on Rails) from PowerDNS and Tupa in the morning. Based on the initial feedback from our support team I’ll either...

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Google Analytics Plugin for Rails with local cache support

Strangely enough this started as a request from Tyler Bird after reviewing my Capistrano presentation. He was interested in learning how I use Capistrano to update external site dependencies, like a local cached copy of the Google Analytics JavaScript...

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Messaging and Ruby (Part 1) – The Big Picture

Rails doesn’t scale.

Now that I have your attention, lets forget scaling all together and instead start focusing on how you can give Rails a break using messaging or ‘backgrounding’. This is the first in a series of articles where I’m combining my...

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Looking forward to a week of BIND DLZ hacking

As part of keeping everyone up to date on the project, I’m posting this quick update on the coming week’s hacking on the project.

Last week we hit a critical bug in Tupa where we cannot use template records that use the %DOMAIN% token as the start...

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Capistrano Presentation @ TUT

Yip, its yet another Capistrano presentation… Grab it here.

I had the fortunate pleasure of guest lecturing at the Tshwane University of Technology a couple of weeks ago on Capistrano. The class was a group of final year students that are just learning...

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Firefox 3 and the apparent random SSL errors

Strange days we live in, especially when our browsers trip of bugs in encryption libraries on the servers… David Smalley neatly pointed out how upgrading OpenSSL to at least 0.9.8h solves the cryptic Firefox 3 SSL errors we’ve been seeing on some our...