Secure SOLR, Apache, Docker & Proxy Directories

By mrbagnall | 29 May 2017

I'm going to straight up admit that I am not a SOLR expert from a system administration standpoint. As such, I have a lot to learn about various configurations and setup options for getting SOLR working in different ways.

 

Branding Yourself

By mrbagnall | 22 May 2017

Branding. It's something a lot of programmers think about, but not many very seriously. On the other hand, I have been obsessed in my past with how I branded myself and my work. 

 

When Your Ship Comes In (Drupal 7/Docker)

By mrbagnall | 22 May 2017

When it comes to managing your cargo, it's hard go wrong with Docker. In fact when done properly, Docker and Drupal can be a formidable partnership for development and functionality. It can also bridge knowledge limitations presented by different technologies and your familiarity with them. Here I demonstrate a running log of how I implement Drupal with Docker containers for deployment. And provide a skeleton for you to do the same.

 

False Start

By mrbagnall | 13 November 2016

Selling a house is more stressful than you may think. It's not as easy as "move out, collect check". It's packing up your life. Reducing your memories, pictures, belongings into a sequence of boxes that will, in our case, be sitting in a warehouse for the next 12-18 months. It's home inspections. Home repairs. Cleaning and keeping your 3 year old from messing up that which youv'e cleaned. It's deciding what to sell, what to donate, and what to trash. It's the stress of planning the where, when and how of your life. 

Comfortably Mediocre

By mrbagnall | 13 October 2016

Mediocrity is a learned behavior. It's not something we were born with. It's not some rare disease. It is a pattern of behavior caused through inherent comfort.

Let that sink in.

How comfortable are you? What do you do in order to maintain whatever comfort you have? Do you take risks? 

Reinvention?

By mrbagnall | 10 October 2016

Reinvention.... one of those words you find on a business-speak, buzzword bingo card.

The idea of remaking yourself is very popular amongst the motivational-speaker class. The concept that you can somehow fundamentally change who you are and what you are has become part of our vernacular. 

Common sayings such as "Me 2.0" somehow bring about the insinuations that major improvements to ourselves somehow make us an entirely new thing. When we know from history and the human experience this isn't possible.

Today It Begins

By mrbagnall | 08 October 2016

Commitment. Without it we drift. 

Today I'm committing.

Committed to being healthier both mentally and physically. Committed to developing a routine and sticking to it. But most importantly, a commitment to moderation. 

I have an all or nothing mentality. I've never been good at the shades of gray. While I harness this into success in some areas, it is a very big failure in others. Moderation is likely the most difficult of these goals but I need to achieve it in terms of my commitments. 

Features, Dependencies and the Drupal Way

By mrbagnall | 17 April 2016

I recently gave a talk at the DC Drupal group where the subject of features and dependencies came up. I may have been the only person in the room who dislikes and dis-trusts features as vehemently as I do. Why?

OpenCalais in Drupal

By mrbagnall | 17 April 2016

Wordpress Image Optimizer

By mrbagnall | 27 March 2016

WordPress isn't native tongue to me. That said, I feel as competitent with it as I do any standard PHP content management system not written in an unfamiliar framework. Recently, I had been tasked with optimizing a WordPress site that was front heavy, slow loading, and experiencing a ton of show view times and high bounce rates.