Troubleshooting 502 Bad Gateway on nginx Using Node.js on Elastic Beanstalk

I started to work with Elastic Beanstalk on AWS recently and ran into an issue when trying to deploy a Node.js app that I thought might be worth sharing. I created a test Node.js and Express application locally that worked fine and I then tried deploying using the Elastic Beanstalk console. Everything appeared to deploy correctly but when I tried accessing my url I received the following error '502 Bad Gateway on nginx/1.2.6'... Read more

Finding Available Domain Names

I came across a service for finding available domain names that I absolutely love, its called Bust A Name. To use the service you choose several keywords that you would potentially like in your domain name and it checks out all the available permutations. Read more

How to find out the name of a font

Have you ever seen a font you really love but are unsure what it actually is? Yesterday I ran into an issue where I had a logo created by a contractor who is long gone and I needed to know what font he used in the logo. How hard could that be? Read more

Dawn of a new day

One of my New Year's resolution for 2013 was to start to blog. I have always enjoyed writing, earlier in my career I wrote regularly for some trade magazines and even wrote a few chapters for a technical book, but recently I only seem to write emails, slides, and reports. I view writing as a vital skill that needs to be exercised so... Read more