October 2017

Advanced Docker Logging - Capturing Drupal's watchdog messages in Graylog

Premise: Capturing Drupal’s watchdog messages in a container Logging in Docker is complicated enough as it is, but it gets even more complicated when Drupal logging is involved. For most Drupal sites, logging with the Dblog module is not sufficient due to scale, and instead is being handled with the Syslog module. The result isn’t pretty, but works flawlessly and integrates with rsyslog, which is available for both Debian and CentOS-based operating systems. Problem: Where did the application logs go? […]

My first Alexa skill: control motorized window shades using Flask, a Raspberry Pi, and AWS Lambda

I recently started getting really into home automation and splurged on motorized shades from Hunter Douglas as well as an Amazon Echo Dot. The shades came with a nice physical control device called a “Pebble”, a hub, and a repeater. The setup, hardware, and iPhone app worked really well, but sadly no thanks to hunterdgoulas.com, which is my vote for “most confusing website” of the month. I may be overthinking their user interface, but the word escheresque comes to mind. […]