Ruby Video Processing

During the Summer of 2013, I had a client who wanted a video site similar to Youtube built. In the end I eventually stripped of all proprietary information and features and made it into a basic Ruby on Rails video site template called Tubeular. There was also…

Google I/O Day 1 Experience

My friends and I had always wanted to try out Google I/O. This year we had a chance with the new lottery system. But in the end I was the only one who landed a ticket. Very convenient for me since I am now a…

I Love Heroku

Heroku makes dreams come true for developers. Whether you are a seasoned tech entrepreneur or a student at university your site isn’t ready until it’s deployed. Heroku takes the pain out of creating a deployment process. Letting developers see their products online and ready for…

JWPlayer Firefox MP4 FLV WebM Fallback Issues

I’ve been working on a video site project and decided to use jwplayer as the video player. It’s free and easy to setup for the basic playback that I need. But I ran into an issue with playback on Firefox on Windows. The player was…

Amazon EBS Deployment Issue – Could not find rake-10.1.0

After my previous frustrations trying to get a simple rails application on EC2 with rubber. I decided to use the new Amazon Enterprise Beanstalk PAAS solution. I’ve had multiple issues with the platform. But I’ve been able to work through the issues with limited delays….

Rails Rubber AWS EC2 Deployment Issues with Groups and Rules

If you are having trouble getting started with Rubber then this is for you. This post resolves errors: SecurityGroupLimitExceeded => You have exceeded the number of VPC security groups allowed per instance MissingParameter => Source group ID missing. The issue is that by default Rubber…

2013 Silicon Beach Fest Hackathon is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow I am going to be a Sensai at the 2013 Silicon Beach Fest hackathon. I’m not 100% sure what that means… But I’m at least going to be providing advice, tips, and generally helping people at the hackathon. I’m particularly excited about this hackathon…

Boyle Heights Civic Hackathon

This weekend was the Boyle Heights Civic Hackathon. The event attempts to get the Los Angeles tech community to come up with ideas for applications that help the Los Angeles community. This is a HUGE problem for such a small event to solve. NYC has…

How to win AngelHack

In 3 months AngelHack will be making its rounds across the globe for the Summer 2013 season of coding and staying up all night. Angelhack is the largest hackathon in the world and offers big cash prizes for its winners. I’ve been to three Angelhacks…

Women in Tech – An eye opening experience

For the past 2 months I have been working on Gumball (read more about Gumball here), a women’s fashion giveaways site. As the technical co-founder of Gumball, tackling technical problems is only the most basic of my job functions. I need to be able to…