The IofT is Going To Be The End of Us

A massive and sustained Internet attack that has caused outages and network congestion today for a large number of Web sites was launched with the help of hacked “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices, such as CCTV video cameras and digital video recorders, new data suggests. – KrebsonSecurity

So many of these devices are forgotten and rarely updated. This is only to get worse.

Active Record and Length

One of the most common and most deadly errors you can make: using length instead of count. You can repeat this multiple times, but you will always find someone who’ll use it the way it shouldn’t be used.
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We ran into this same issue recently. As you can see below, memory climbed/thrashed quite a bit.

Thankfully it was in a realtively new code path and did not cause too much trouble.

SSL on WPEngine via Let’s Encrypt

Big kudos to WPEngine on making it beyond easy to set up SSL via Let’s Encrypt.

One click and it was practically done. Hopefully Heroku can make it just as easy in the future.

Note: By practically you still need to enable it on all of your pages in WPEngine. I have failed on this multiple times.

Exceptional Podcast: Tim Ferris and Derek Sivers

Exceptional podcast with Tim Ferris and Derek Sivers on Developing Confidence, Finding Happiness, and Saying “No” to Millions.


I have been a long time user of MockSMTP for easy email capture/testing.

Today, @msnicklas pointed it me to MailCatcher which seems to do all the same things as MockSMTP without the need to have another app running.

Starting and Stopping Services on OS X

If you write code on OS X you need Lunchy:

A friendly wrapper for launchctl