John Moylan's Blog

'Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.' - Lao Tzu





My Aeropress review

Let me start off with a personal admission. My name is John and I am a coffee addict. There, I have said it. That was easy enough. Everyone has their vice and mine just happens to be coffee. Not any old coffee though, mine has to be black and smooth, preferably espresso and made from the finest Arabica beans. I have been known to make do with other, less than perfect coffee's when push comes to shove. But after years of trying to go 'cold turkey' I have rationalised that maybe it's OK to embrace my addiction, and ...

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Tags : aeropress coffee life


Evaluating Varnish and charting cache stats using Graphite

Up until recently I had always used squid cache to reverse proxy my employers website. I'm a big fan of Squid and of reverse proxies in general because they are easy to scale out and they usually deliver much better response times for less buck than a standalone web server might. Squid is pretty good at what it does, it support a ton of protocols, has a good track record as far as security and stability are concerned and it is used by a lot of really of really big sites including Wikipedia and Flickr. But for the past ...

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Tags : graphite http python pyvarnish squid




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