Creating a full MariaDB backup

For some reason I have had a time finding succinct information on creating a simple full (and by full I mean a file you can use to bare metal recover a database) backup with MariaDB.

1. Make a ~/.my.conf file:

2. Run this:

3. Copy your newly created backup file to a secondary storage point.

4. Enjoy!

Splitting CUE/Log Flac Files

I ran across some old FLAC files I ripped and for some unknown reason I decided at the time that a the FLAC LOG/CUE format was the way to go. I dunno perhaps I was intoxicated at the time.

At any rate is what I used to split the single FLAC out into files.

Install the necessary tools (this is Pacman which I use on my Manjaro box):

Split out the giant FLAC file into smaller track FLAC files:

Then this populates the id3 tags in the newly split out FLAC files from the CUE file:


Error With Pip and flask-bcrypt

I am playing around with Flask and I wanted to use the Bcrypt tool to encrypt my users passwords. So like all the other packages I attempted:

That however resulted in this rather unpleasant error:

That of course sent me on a dizzying hunt for resolution. I got it working by editing the “” file to not use the registry and use just the path where I found vcvarsall.bat on my computer:

Elegant? Eh probably not, Utility? perhaps. But it does work and after that I was able to install flask-bcrypt.

VSLive San Francisco 2015

I was able to attend VSLive in San Francisco this year including the Pre-Conference (yes nifty indeed) hosted at the historical Fairmont.

Here are some of my notes/observations/snotty comments:

  • Open source licenses are complicated and if you have deliverables in the enterprise you should NOT use copyleft licenses as you are legally bound to re-release under that same license your additions on top or using the original copyleft material. Focus on more Permissive licenses (like Apache, BSD, MIT) to avoid potential hassles.
  • Microsoft really, REALLY loves Azure and wants you to 100% do everything in it. It was communicated that their reasoning for Open sourcing .NET was to promote “Any Developer, Any App on Any Device” – of course all using Azure offerings.
  • PowerShell was a reoccurring theme across sessions from deployments to testing.
  • San Francisco is a wickedly expensive place to visit. When the locals say “oh its only four blocks” be warned those four blocks are likely at 45¬į inclines and are meant to weed out the weak.
  • It appears to me that most of the attendees don’t keep up during the year and use these conferences to catch up. My personal reason was to re-enforce that what I have learned and practiced on the technologies covered are correct and optimal. I can honestly say that about 80% of the material covered was review.
  • I think its interesting how most developer types are very anti-social and these conferences continually try to “socialize” these sorts together. What winds up happening more often than not is groups of geeks sitting at a lunch table not a single person saying anything; absolute awkward silence. I attempt start up conversations and they usually end with a single “yep” or “nope” type response.

Notable Quotes from Sessions:

  • “Trading velocity for quality will lead to technical debt” –¬†Hundhausen
  • “Routinely have a HARD Conversation with shareholders – Honest, Appropriate, Respectful and Direct” – Hundhausen
  • “Always follow the Boy Scout Rule; leave your code better than you found it” – Hundhausen

List of the sessions I attended:

  • Pre-Conference: ALM and DevOps with the Microsoft Stack – Brain Randell
  • Keynote: The Future of Application Development – Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 2015 – Jay Schmelzer
  • UX Design Principle Fundamentals for Non-Designers – Billy Hollis
  • Cloud or Not, 10 Reasons Why You Must Know “Web Apps” – Vishwas Lele
  • Mobile Apps for the Javascript Developer with Apache Cordova – Subhag Oak
  • Build Data-Centric HTML5 Single Page Applications with Breeze – Brian Noyes
  • To Git or Not To Git for Enterprise Development – Benjamin Day
  • What’s new in C# 6.0 – Jason Bock
  • Microsoft’s .NET is Now Open Source and Cross-Platform. Why it matters – Mark Rosenberg


San Francisco Google Awesome-ness

I was in San Francisco and I took these from the Crown room on the 24th floor of the Fairmont hotel. I have all my phone pictures backed up via Google and Google Awesome, was well pretty awesome and made these panoramic views from several pictures I took next to each other. Sure they are a bit grainy (they are from my Samsung G4 be nice) but you can see Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate bridge.


This is the other side I dunno what is noteworthy over here but I thought the shipping container ships were interesting to see out in the water.



Setting up WordPress FavIcon

I wanted something a bit more custom looking than the stock WordPress Icon so I decided to take my avatar and make a favIcon from that.

I went to Favicon-Generator it does a nice job of resizing and making the “ico” file, which is pain to create, and gives you several varying sizes of your uploaded image:


It also does a nice job of creating the html to include in your header. I only used a subset from the generated html:

I created a child theme in Word Press then edited the header to include the above in the <head> block.


ASP.NET MVC 5 Preview

Managed to get ASP.NET 5 preview up and working via Visual Studio 2015 RC in a Docker container hosted on my local Ubuntu server (read; not an Azure hosted server). All in Oracle VirtualBox Virtual Machines.

ASP.NET 5 Preview Running on a Local Docker Ubuntu VM
ASP.NET 5 Preview

My VirtualBox host is a Windows 8.1 box and I used two VMs: a Windows 7 Development Box (I tried Windows 8.1 in a VM and the performance was terrible) and a Ubuntu Server 14.04.2.

For the most part it was pretty much documented here. My only hiccup was that I had to do a “Restore Packages” to get Grunt to install its packages, this didn’t happen with a “Rebuild” as I would expect. I set my “Custom Docker Host” settings like this:

Custom Docker Settings For Publishing To Docker Server
Custom Docker Settings

After publishing from Visual Studio I was able to get a list of the images on the Docker server and it now included the new published app:

So the next challange is to get MongoDB setup running in a Dockerized instance on my Ubuntu server then create a ASP.NET MVC application consuming that server and publish that via Docker and see how performance and maintenance plays out.


ASP.NET 5 on Ubuntu on VirtualBox

I figured out the magic sauce for getting ASP.NET 5 running on Ubuntu 14.04 in a VirtualBox VM.


I followed this mostly for the setup but your Dockerfile should look like this:

Be sure and set your VirtualBox setting to “Bridged” so you can hit the IP from your workstation.


Blog Setup

Hopefully this will be a start of something new and exciting – or another thing for me to procrastinate about. I have tried several times before to blog consistently I just get, well, sidetracked.

My intention is to blog stuff that I don’t want to forget or stuff that I want to share. Most things I would expect to be of a technical nature but I suspect that sometimes I will want to post something for the ages to remember my wit and wisdom (read; me ranting about something inconsequential).


Ramblings of an often confused opinionated yak shaver.