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29

Apr

2015

Python script to query NTP status and return it as JSON

Setting up and automatically keeping an eagle eye on NTP from software can be a bit of a (difficult) black art. A common way to query NTP status is to run:

This returns some NTP status information. It’s output can be a bit difficult to work with from your software, so I have included […]

29

Apr

2015

RuneAudio working with HifiBerry Amp+ on RaspberryPi

This is a record of how I managed to the RuneAudio v0.3-beta software working with the excellent Hifiberry Amp+. The lads at runeaudio say that software release v0.4 will support Amp+ ‘out of the box’ but v0.3-beta doesn’t and they won’t/can’t say when v0.4 of the software will be released, however with some messing it […]

21

Apr

2015

Data Security – How to safely ‘decommission’ and old hard drive and make an attractive ornament at the same time

Data Security – How to safely ‘decommission’ and old hard drive and make an attractive ornament at the same time

17

Apr

2015

Interesting article about unikernels

I came across this interesting article about unikernels: http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=2566628 It will be interesting to see how all of this change in the cloud shapes up in the future and how it will effect the traditional operating system Jobbing Software Engineer!

14

Apr

2015

DevOps Ireland

DevOps in Ireland? I have been very interested in DevOps ever since I watched Adam Jacob give his ChefConf 2015 keynote speech. I wondered if there are any Irish DevOps groups and a little digging revealed: Twitter Account: @DevOpsIreland Website (Empty!): devops.ie LinkedIn Group: DevOps Ireland devops.ie must be taking the iterative approach seriously as […]

14

Apr

2015

Fascinating DevOps Talk

While browsing The Register, I came across this video Adam Jacob’s keynote speech at ChefTalk 2015 where he introduced DevOps, it’s fascinating stuff and well worth a watch! What interests me is how methods of software development and deployment are changing so quickly and how this is bringing in new ideas and talent beyond that […]

13

Mar

2015

libexif binaries for Windows and Visual Studio

32bit libexif binaries for Windows (and Visual Studio) which were compiled on Windows using this method, can be downloaded from here. These are unsupported & use them at your own peril, but they work fine for me! libexif-win32-0.6.21

13

Mar

2015

Build libexif for Windows and Visual Studio

This is a record of how to build / compile libexif (v0.6.21) binaries for windows. It is another entry in a Software Engineer’s daily ‘trial log’, however this time thanks to the excellent MinGW32 and the well written libexif things went rather well! This readme says that you have 2 options, either hack together a […]

05

Mar

2015

Geotag – EXIF GPS Latitude field format with libEXIF

I have been developing some software to geotag jpeg images by adding EXIF GPS information using libEXIF. This is very handy as loads of applications like GIS systems and google maps etc can correctly geographically position your images. As usual I started in the middle rather than starting at the beginning and got a bit […]

26

Feb

2015

UDP Broadcast not working when no Default Gateway configured on Linux

There are a few pitfalls for the burdened Software Engineer getting going with UDP datagram broadcast. One that I hit this week involved clients not receiving broadcast messages unless a default gateway was configured on the broadcasting host. Very strange, why should broadcast need a gateway? Well it turns out that it doesn’t, it really […]

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