Mainframe Performance Topics Podcast Episode 29 “Hello Trello”

This was a fun episode to make, not least because it featured as a guest Miroslava Barahona Rossi. She’s one of my mentees from Brasil and she’s very good. We made it over a period of a few weeks, fitting around unusually busy “day job” schedules for Marna and I. And this one is oneContinue reading “Mainframe Performance Topics Podcast Episode 29 “Hello Trello””

Pi As A Protocol Converter

I wrote about Automation with my Raspberry 3B in Raspberry Pi As An Automation Platform. It’s become a permanent fixture in my office and I’ve given it another task. This blog post is about that task. Lots of things use JSON(Javascript Object Notation) for communication via HTTP. Unfortunately they don’t all speak the same dialect.Continue reading “Pi As A Protocol Converter”

Mainframe Performance Topics Podcast Episode 28 “The Preview That We Do Anew”

(Originally posted 2 March, 2021.) It’s unusual for us to publish a podcast episode with a specific deadline in mind. But we thought the z/OS 2.5 Preview announcement was something we could contribute to. So, here we are. I also wanted to talk about some Open Source projects I’ve been contributing to. So that’s inContinue reading “Mainframe Performance Topics Podcast Episode 28 “The Preview That We Do Anew””

Raspberry Pi As An Automation Platform

(First posted 14 February, 2021) Recently I bought a touch screen and attached it to one of my older Raspberry Pi’s (a 3B). In fact the Pi is attached to the back of the touch screen and has some very short cables. This is only a 7 inch diagonal screen but it’s more than enoughContinue reading “Raspberry Pi As An Automation Platform”

Automating Microsoft Excel Some More

As I said in Automating Microsoft Excel, I thought I might write some more about automating Excel. Recall I wrote about it because finding snippets of code to do what you want is difficult. So if I can add to that meagre stockpile on the web, I’m going to. That other post was about automatingContinue reading “Automating Microsoft Excel Some More”

mdpre Markdown Preprocessor

mdpre Markdown Preprocessor A few days ago I released md2pptx, a Markdown to Powerpoint converter on GitHub as an open source project. You can find it here. Now I’m releasing a companion program – mdpre. This is a preprocessor for Markdown. You can find it here. I would’ve released them together and why I didn’tContinue reading “mdpre Markdown Preprocessor”

md2pptx Markdown To PowerPoint Converter

It’s been a long time since I started writing md2pptx. But finally I’ve open sourced it. A Problem Statement Of Sorts I wrote md2pptx because I got tired of four things: The process of embedding graphics in PowerPoint. The fact that pasting a picture into PowerPoint made the resulting presentation file huge. The location ofContinue reading “md2pptx Markdown To PowerPoint Converter”