Brad Payne Blog

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Cool Connections

The thing I like most about my job is working on open source software. The community that has developed around the project I’m spending most of my development time on is growing. It’s still...

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PressBooks

On the 15th and 29th of April, 2014 I presented, with Clint Lalonde, some of the modifications that I’ve made to PressBooks and PressBooks Textbook: Before I talk about the specific modifications that I...

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Migrating from RHEL 5.x to 6.x

Since Redhat doesn’t provide an upgrade path from 5.x to 6.x, it requires creating a new instance and porting everything over. Unlike how a sys admin might feel, configuring servers from scratch is not...

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OwnCloud

Trusting ‘the cloud’ with personal information doesn’t sit well with me either. Impacts to privacy and the all-too-frequent reports of breaches [1][2][3]… with cloud services speak to exercising caution rather than embracing a big,...

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LimeSurvey API

While I can’t say anything nice about LimeSurvey’s user interface, it does have a decent API. When I was searching for open source survey software the API was what made the decision to go...

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Rsync and Cron

I was approached to build a web application that extracts student applications from a database and sends the results over to another server in a .csv file at regular intervals. I needed to build...