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Three Letter Acronyms (TLA) Every Developer Should Know

Here is a list of Three Letter Acronyms I think every developer (and those professionals involved with software development) should know, at least be familiar with:


10 lb Turkey, 5 lb Pot

One day a man was watching his wife prepare a turkey for the Thanksgiving feast. She got out her 5lb pot, reached for her 10lb turkey and immediately trimmed off half of the meat from the turkey. She then proceeded to forcibly stuff the turkey into the pot – meeting with resistance and having to lean into it to get that turkey to fit into that pot.

Curious the man asked “Why do you prepare the turkey this way?” to which his wife responded “Well it’s the way my mother does it and it’s the way I have always done it for 10 years now”.

The next year with a new grandchild the couple decide to spend Thanksgiving with her parents. The time comes and the man watches the grandmother get out the 5lb turkey and a 5lb pot proceed efficiently to put the turkey into the pot and put it into the oven. He asked why she taught her daughter differently which she responded “Oh the market was all out of 5lb turkeys that year so I got a 10lb one”.

Seek to understand why we are doing what we are doing, don’t assume the standard course is the best direction.


Running ASP.NET MVC via DNX on Ubuntu 15.10

My steps I did to get my ASP.NET MVC application I created on my Windows 10 box running on a Ubuntu 15.10 server.

Setup ASP.NET 5 on Ubuntu following this:

Update dnvm on windows:

Fix the libicu for Ubuntu 15.10:

Say the web project is “WebApplication1” then console into that folder:

Hit localhost and make sure the page load.

Copy the entire “WebApplication1” folder to linux box.
Restore the packages from the “WebApplication1” folder copied to the linux box:



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° 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.