OSM Tile Creation on AWS Spot

This article describes some efforts to automate OSM tile creation on AWS spot instances.I'm running a website for a regulars table in my city. As part of this regulars table we have a database of all pubs we visited, because we're in a different pub every Tuesday. Why not…

AnkiDroid audio with Python and Google

I've been learning Czech recently. My Anki cards have my native tongue German on the front and Czech on the back. When listening to Czech audio I really took a long time to translate simple words or grapple with the conjugation of Czech verbs. The remedy to this situation appears…

Walk on a sunday, na, scrape distrowatch

A friend asked me today if I could do some Perl programming for him. I'm a bit rusty in Perl, but I still understand it well enough to port it to Python. The source module was on CPAN and basically scraped all of the metadata off of distrowatch.com. The…

Generating syslog network load

Recently we're experimenting with logging solutions at work. We'd like to have an indication of what our current setup is capable of handling in terms of log volume. My first idea was to whip up a quick Perl script that simply uses Sys::Syslog to dump Shakespeare's works into the…