Using Netlify, Hugo and GitLab


Now that the site is up I thought that I would quickly mention how this is built. I have been really into static site generators for some time, mainly after having to administrate and maintain a large number of WordPress sites and clean them up after hacking attempts (protip: if you want to use WordPress - just pay for it at so that they keep it up to date).

New Site


New Site I have needed to update the site for quite sometime, and I haven’t updated the blog for about 5 years now. At the same time I also needed to work on blog for for which we wanted a static site generator, and then I wanted to have a proper publishing workflow. So I took the opportunity for upgrade this site and learn Hugo at the same time.

UI Design in Hacker News


It seems a week doesn’t get by without a post or two in Hacker News about GUI design or graphic design, often entitled something like “Design for Hackers” or “Design for Developers”. The trouble with all these posts is that they are trying to shortcut the methodology of design by various hacks, even something as lengthy as read 5 books is by-in-large a hack. There is no substitute for practise, for looking and appreciating your world in a different way (this can be self-taught, I will discuss more below) and for in-depth thinking about what either comes down to communication or feedback problems.

2012 to 2013


So another year is gone by and another year where I haven’t really blogged much, concentrating instead of Cantemo which had a pretty amazing year. At the start of 2012 I made a list in Evernote of all the techie things that I wanted to achieve and I am going to review them here. New Website/Blog. Well I have started on this. This site and my portfolio site are now quite out of date, www.

Raspberry PI update


So a while back I got delivery of my Raspberry PI, but I have been so busy developing on our Rough Cut Editor, Annotation Tool and Adobe Premiere support that I haven’t had time to use it. But now I see a project that I really want to try: – Baking PI or basically build your own OS 101. I have always wanted to do this, but have basically all my hardware in operation at once and nothing cheap to try it on.

Xcode 4.4 and MacOSX SDK 10.6 on Lion.


In XCode 4.4 Apple has made the decision to not ship the MacOSX10.6.sdk that is in use by 100s of apps. The choice is to either not install XCode 4.4 and continue using XCode 4.3 or if you have already downloaded XCode 4.4 you need to get the XCode 4.3 DMG from Apple and then extract the MacOSX10.6.sdk from it and place it with the other SDK versions. If you already have a /Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.

Open Indiana NTP


I really like OpenIndiana, but finding some documentation for even the most basic things sometimes is difficult. Take NTP for instance, should be easy right.. And it is if you know what you are doing. vim /etc/resolv.conf Setup the search domain above, then copy the ntp configuration file: cp /etc/inet/ntp.client /etc/inet/ntp.conf Edit the configuration file putting in the servers that are near to you. vim /etc/inet/ntp.conf Enable NTP: svcadm enable ntp

Profiling Django applications – part2


Profiling using CProfile. Sometimes it is advantageous to look at what your application is doing before it goes in to production. Using tools like iPDB and PDB we can step through code, particularly in the view that you are working on, but it doesn’t tell the full picture of what is going on up-until that view is called, or after the HTTPResponse is starting to be returned. It is easy to start profiling django runserver using CProfile:

Profiling Django applications – part1


I have been doing some profiling of a Django application in different ways, and this is something that can be very useful to understand where bottlenecks are, why code behaves in certain ways and where we can trim the fat. There are multiple places where we can profile Django, and many of the pointers and resources from Python at large can be used when profiling Django. Things like Hotshot, cProfile and timeit are available, and there are helper libraries around these tools.



In the battle to stop the hacking of WordPress I have migrated the comments over to Disqus. Looking at the logs over the past few days its quite clear that there is something wrong with the way that WordPress handles incoming comments, probably all it takes is to buffer overflow the comment URL and the hacker can inject code. So I have disabled the comments in WordPress and moved over to disqus, which was something that I have been wanting to do for a long time anyway.