Planning a Docker Environment for Drupal Module Development

 
Yesterday I found myself puzzling over a problem that I've been wanting to solve ever since I started teaching myself Docker.  One of the big problems I have when working with Drupal module development is that I need an environment in which to test the modules. I've tried a number of different things over the years. I've installed LAMP on Linux or Acquia Dev Desktop on Mac OS. I eventually started using a few different Vagrant-managed Virtual Machines before switching to Docker...

Ditching the Fitbit Flex after Three Years

 
After three years and four bands, I think I may be done with my Fitbit Flex.  It's not that I hadn't enjoyed it. At first, the additional data about my activity was interesting, and several times it did encourage me to get in additional walking. The silent alarm turned out to be the best feature of the device. The week-long battery life still leaves it as a competitive device in the wearable field -- quite an achievement three years after it was introduced! For three years the thing lived on my...

Hobbying

 
[Wrote this on Wednesday; some additions before posting Friday due to the passage of time] I think I must have mentioned the acquisition of fragmentary older archives of SETI Radio (now Are We Alone?) previously because memory says I have written of starting the podcast listening over again and going through an initial set of Planetary Radio alone. It continues to irk me that I do not have access to the full, original run of Are We Alone? from 2002 because I do remember seeing those listed in...

Lost Time

 
[Wrote this on Wednesday; posting now on Friday] Last week finally finished my placement so now theoretically have a bit more time for living in. In truth of course I am rather bad at that. Too easy to let time-passers from when I cannot do much else filter into the spaces when I could be making more use of myself Been feeling listless and hurt, selfishly no doubt. But as so often it feels like the appropriate solution is to distance myself from others. Perhaps especially with both work and school...

Weekend Observations

 
This weekend seemed to be oddly one of the better weekends I've had in quite some time. I feel that certain things were accomplished, while not feeling "I didn't have a weekend". What was different this time than all those other weekends as of late? Two Day Structure Thinking about it now, late Sunday afternoon, I realized that I fell into a structure that worked well for me while living alone. Saturday is for errands, chores, and things that need to be done around the house. Sunday is for...

Tiredy-tired

 
Just finished the first week of my student placement. Going okay except for being very tired of an evening, and needing to sleep early in order to be rested and wake early enough to get there - am not used to working full-time hours. Which would not be a problem except I have an assignment due Monday next week and little energy to be working on it. Hope I will manage anyway. Is nice to be taking public transport again - getting a lot of reading done on the buses and trains - but that is always a...

Long news

 
Started on project Catch Up Chronologically To The Podcasts I Subscribe To [on 2015-0-17]. This is something I have attempted a few times since 2012, periodically restarting as I devise more satisfying (i.e. completist) ways of going about it. The furthest I got was covering the span from 2005 to early 2008, by the close of 2013. Since then I have gone through a few restarts and fads but hope to have finally settled on a scheme which will stick. The last few iterations have mostly been refining...

Good news

 
The good news that I have not been able to share because it has kindly inundated me in paperwork is that I got the job I applied for back in - I think - June. They contacted me about two weeks ago to say they wanted to hire me and I started earlier this week. So now I am officially a part time employee of a library, with sick leaves and regular hours and a work email address and all that. I also right about the same time finally got an affirmative reply on a request for a library to take me on as a...

About the iPad Pro

 
Planet of the Apes © 20th Century FoxiPad Pro © AppleYesterday, Apple announced the iPad Pro, my first thought of course was, "why?"  The tablet market has been sliding for a while now, thanks to the normalization of larger and more capable smartphones. Apple famously said their original 3.5" iPhone form factor was "the perfect size", and that remained the party line until after Jobs' death. Shortly thereafter, Apple made the iPhone bigger, and then created a extra-large edition to...

Docker From Scratch, Part 5: Custom Entrypoints and Configuration

 
In the last post, we introduced Docker Compose. Now, instead of looking up image IDs, managing our containers requires only a few easy to remember commands. We also used volumes to sync a directory on the host OS to the container for easier development. The wonderful thing about Docker Compose is that it can manage more than one container at a time. We can create multiple containers and manage them all as if they were part of the same, cohesive whole. In this post, we’re going to expand our...