Node.js and launchd - updated! Now with terminal-notifier

I thought it would be nice to pump the backup notifications I talked about in this post to the OSX notification system. It turns out that this isn't quite as simple as you'd hope but it's not too bad. You need 2 things the terminal-notifier command line tool and node-terminal-notifier.…

Node.js and launchd

I use Jungledisk to do daily backups for my wife's business. Jungledisk helpfully notifies me if the job succeeded or failed. But a while ago, something happened and the jobs just stopped happening altogether. They weren't failing, they were just never starting so I wasn't getting notified. This was really…

Singletracker.net - the technology

Just a brief post to quickly call out the technologies I'm using in Singletracker.net. In the coming weeks, I'll try to put up some more posts that get more into the details. For starters, It's running in Windows Azure which so far has been really easy to deal with…

Introducing Singletracker - crowd-sourced trail conditions for mountain bikers

So a few weeks ago I wanted to go mountain biking. I wasn't sure the trails would be fit to ride on so I went to the websites of the various trails looking for current trail condition info. It was either non-existent or hopelessly out of date. So I got…

Diving in to Backbone.js

We've known for a while that there are a number of javascript mvc frameworks out there and that many of the apps we build would likely benefit greatly from using one. Bet we've held back mostly because of the learning curve/ time constraints but also partly because it wasn't clear…

Loading a blog feed on your website

Recently I needed to load recent blog posts onto a website. I discovered the Google Feed API which, as most things Google, is awesome. I also discovered this jQuery plugin which uses it along with what appears to be an old version of their Dynamic Feed Control. This plugin, like…