Goodbye Google Analytics. Hello Piwik.

I have been using more and more open source software since moving to DigitalOcean and starting my new blog here on shinyidol.us. So far I have been very happy with the price and performance. Really can't go unmatched. Sadly the one area that has been a little disappointing is…

Road to the Show. It is an RPG.

MLB The Show is PlayStation to me. The first game I bought for my PS3 was MLB The Show, and recently MLB The Show is the first game I bought for my PS4. Baseball is a sport that doesn't sit well with everyone. Either it is too slow, it lasts…

Out of the Ashes of Irrational Games

Back in February Irrational Games announced that it will be closing its doors. The news was sad on two levels for me just being a fan of the games Irrational has made over the years and being a former employee, I had many friends who were still working there upon…

Start of the Great Juicing Experiment of 2014

Since I started working out in Redmond it has become harder to keep my weight down. The building I work at doesn't have a cafeiera like other buildings on campus, so healthier options are difficult to come by. Over the last couple months this has started to catch up with…

Quick Look at NodeBB

In my search to find forums using modern technology I stumbled onto NodeBB, a new open source forum build on the Node.js framework. I figure I'd write down some of my thoughts and impressions. Install Installation of Node.js and NodeBB is pretty straight forward. NodeBB offers a great…

Save Money On Your Newsletter with Sendy

Running a community has hidden costs all over the places and one of those costs that can quickly catch up to you is your mailing lists. I've user full featured services such as Mailchimp, Constant Contact and Campaign Manager as well as SMTP services like Mailjet, Sendgrid and Mandrill. While…