log4net.Elasticsearch Rolling Indexes

Today I made a small update to log4net.Elasticsearch so that users can optionally choose to have new indexes created each day. This was suggested in a Github issue and I think it’s a good idea. Many Elasticsearch indexes are managed on a rotating basis. It’s simple to create index aliases so that if any log[...]

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Build a Geckoboard TV Dashboard with a Raspberry Pi

Part of the work I do on Postmark is helping make sure we know what’s going on inside the system at any given time. We built a real-time(ish) monitoring system using Geckoboard and a variety of Windows Performance Counters, API endpoints, and database calls. I’ll save those details for another post. Geckoboard provides an easy-to-use[...]

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Be Honest With Your Customers

Sometimes your product falls behind the curve. Or you’re forced to release a version that makes some compromises. It happens. And it’s not the end of the world. Recently I’ve seen two examples of companies that have done an exemplary job releasing a product without a feature they were working on or admitting their product[...]

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We Need Space

There’s a question I get asked a lot. “How do I find a space to hold my user  group meeting/event/conference?” I’m not a professional event planner but I’ve got some experience in this area after having planned three Barcamps and helping out with Philly ALT.NET, Conshohocken.rb, and some of the other (un)conferences in and around[...]

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Build Your Own AppHarbor & Notes

On Saturday, April 9th I gave a presentation for building your own AppHarbor-like git push deployment system for .NET projects. I tried to screen record as best I could. The audio came out quite good except that I didn’t repeat a few audience questions so you can only hear me answering some anonymous chatter. The[...]

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