Our vacation in Yosemite National Park was amazing. Thanks for sticking around. I jumped out of PTO into DevOpsDays Detroit 2019. It was a great event! My report is linked below. Other news, is that I’m gearing up for Max’s birthday, a potential nerve stimulator, and KubeCon. If you haven’t gotten your tickets and travel for KubeCon sorted yet, do so sooner rather than later (KubeCon discount code below). Happy DevOps’ing out there this week, y’all!


All Day DevOps, Live Online
November 6, 2019 (24 hours)
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On November 6th, we will be supporting the live online All Day DevOps conference. This is a 24 hour event with 5 simultaneous tracks, delivering 125+ sessions in 38 time zones. Session tracks include Cloud Native Infra and Monitoring, DevSecOps and Automated Security, CI/CD, Site Reliability Engineering, and Cultural Transformation.

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2019
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference gathers adopters and technologists from leading open source and cloud native communities in San Diego, California from November 18-21, 2019. Join Kubernetes, Prometheus, Envoy, CoreDNS, containerd, Fluentd, OpenTracing, gRPC, CNI, Jaeger, Notary, TUF, Vitess, NATS, Linkerd, Helm, Rook, Harbor, etcd, Open Policy Agent, CRI-O, and TiKV as the community gathers for four days to further the education and advancement of cloud native computing. Use code KCNACSN10 at checkout for a 10% discount on KubeCon Corporate Registration.


DevOpsDays Detroit 2019 Trip Report — I spoke, sponsored, and worked from DevOpsDays Detroit 2019 this week. The event sold out for the first time this year! Shame on Codefresh for their vendor pitch veiled as a talk.

Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket — Doing what’s right by engineering one traffic ticket at a time.

How to Look and Sound Confident During a Presentation

In Flying Flags, Emoji Become Political — Adding a new flag to the emoji keyboard now means getting tech companies’ support—and that could be an issue if China is involved.

WeWork founder Adam Neumann’s $1.7 billion payout from Softbank is unprecedented — Imagine the look on every WeWork employee’s face when they learned this the same week that their company didn’t have enough money to lay them off.

The Fall of WeWork: How a Startup Darling Came Unglued — Here’s the whole WeWork story if you haven’t been keeping up.

Hey AWS - it’s time to pay OSS developers — “AWS could transform open source with a single feature. Why won’t they do it?”

Why Republicans Storming a SCIF Puts National Security at Risk — To be honest, this is WAY worse than an email server. There were pictures taken from a SCIF and shared online as well as multiple cellular devices in a room there should be NONE. This is an infosec nightmare.

Exclusive: White House cyber memo warns of new network risks — The fact the US government still uses the term “cyber” shows how bad things really are.

The Truth About Open Offices — I work in an unfinished basement by myself and I still want a wall and a door. Open offices are terrible.

Women At Ernst & Young Instructed On How To Dress, Act Nicely Around Men — Holy shit, what?!?

Apple CEO Tim Cook assumes 3-year advisory post at Tsinghua University — I remember stopping a lot of attacks from this university back in the day.

Imagine Going Back in Time


JEDI contract goes to Microsoft, not Amazon after Trump expresses opposition to giving contract to Jeff Bezos’s company — This is really the only way this was going to work after all the Oracle shenanigans. I think Google and IBM are vying for quantum leadership (neither of them was in the final bidding). But, if a nation other than the US gets a major technological advantage in the next decade we can blame Oracle for it. I feel AWS had the best chance of giving the Department of Defense the platform it needed to unlock AI. Fitting that Oracle might actually end up ruining the world.

2nd most valuable U.S. startup to leave SF as city loses another headquarters — We stayed in South San Francisco at the beginning and end of our vacation. It’s a dope area and the downtown area is pretty neat too. This is a good move all around by Stripe.

Kubernetes security audits: What admins need to know—and do — “The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has open-sourced the results of a third-party security audit of the Kubernetes project. Here are the findings—and what you can do to protect your organization’s production workloads in Kubernetes.”

The World’s Best Employers 2019: Alphabet Takes Top Spot, Followed By Microsoft And Red Hat — Red Hat is a pretty dope place to work, I’ll say.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai acknowledges employee trust issues in closed-door meeting — “At company’s weekly town hall with employees, executives assail leaks and defend hiring DHS official”

Are We on the Cusp of the Next Dot-Com Bubble? — “The unicorn massacre unfolding today is exactly the opposite of what happened in 2000.” This is a fair point. If this were the dot-com bubble there’d be 100 WeWorks.

Gartner’s top 10 strategic predictions for 2020 — “Prediction 3: Through 2023, 30% of IT organizations will extend BYOD policies with ‘bring your own enhancement’ (BYOE) to address augmented humans in the workforce.”

Has container hype jumped the shark? — Docker this, container that, and Kubernetes it all. Welcome to IT in the twenty-teens, but will it continue to be “all containers, all the time?” Some developers are turning to other approaches.

Air Force finally retires 8-inch floppies from missile launch control system — The US nuclear modernization projects continue (this US military capability is often a focus of my talks).

Equifax used ‘admin’ as username and password for sensitive data: lawsuit


DevOps: Tools Can Lead The Culture Change — “It’s an industry truism that DevOps is about culture change rather than products, but tools can very much lead a culture change and we shouldn’t underestimate their role.”

Knative governance update from the steering committee — Knative is adopting a Kubernetes governance model. This is great news since last hearing Google wasnt’t going to donate Knative nor Istio to a foundation.

An Illustrated Guide to OAuth and OpenID Connect — Where has this been my whole life?

Why I made the switch from Mac to Linux — My buddy Matt Broberg has switched from Mac to Linux. I’ll make that jump eventually but the MacBook Air form factor is nearly impossible to beat.

jzelinskie/faq — Format Agnostic jQ

IKEA Server / Comms Cabinet — I really appreciate the craftsmanship put into this. Very clean.

Migrating from Docker to Podman — “You can probably find many other posts declaring why you should or should not switch to Podman. I will not attempt to convince you here; this is instead a record of what I did to achieve the migration.”

Bank of America’s $2 billion cost savings on cloud — Bank of America is a HUGE enterprise doing cloud by themselves and saving money. I bet they don’t look at it like a cost center though.

What Does the Open Application Model (OAM) and Rudr Mean for Kubernetes Developers?

Persistent Disks and Replication by Jaana B. Dogan — “There are not many ongoing conversations or references about the underlying details of core infrastructure. One such lacking conversation is how fundamentally persistent disks and replication works.”

Should I pick DigitalOcean or AWS for my next project? — The fact you’re asking this question means you already have the answer.

We need to talk about JSON — We’ve needed to talk for a LONG time.

Containers in 2019: They’re Calling it a [Hypervisor] Comeback

A Decision Tree for Undoing Things with Git — I need this as a mural in my office.

knrt10/kubernetes-basicLearning — Understand Kubernetes step by step. A simple repo for beginners.

stevelacy/kuberhaus — Kubernetes resource dashboard with node/pod layout and resource requests

dapr/dapr — Dapr is a portable, event-driven, runtime for building distributed applications across cloud and edge.

mourner/bullshit.js — A bookmarklet for translating marketing speak into human-readable text.

abohmeed/cronmanager — A tool for monitoring Linux cron jobs duration and exit status using Node Exporter and Prometheus. Written in Go.

Tweet of the Week

Open source is not a product marketing strategy.