Some people understand that the advancement of technology is marching at an ever quickening pace. We’re talking about exponential advancement every year. Five years ago, Kubernetes was brand new. Now it’s democratizing computing across clouds. Docker, the company behind some glue technology that made containers the new norm in software, has died twice now. The size and shape of infrastructure has changed so much in the past two years, it’s hard to remember ten years ago when Vagrant was brand new.
Read more →A few themes to this week’s news are worth discussing here in the newsletter’s introduction to give folks a clearer picture of each topic. We’ll tackle them in the same People, Process, and Tools format DevOps’ish uses (which are the three core components of DevOps, in order of importance). Surprisingly, I have to explain the Tools section of the news the most because it involves one of the world’s most toxic companies, Docker.
Read more →There is usually a lot of hype surrounding Apple announcements. The recent report of Apple starting to build Macs with their own ARM-based silicon is no exception. But, there’s some meat to this hype; let me explain.
It wasn’t long ago that my iPhone 8 Plus with its A11 Bionic chip could leave my MacBook Air I was using as a daily driver in the dust. The ARM-based phone you’re carrying around (Apple or otherwise) probably has more computing power than the entire Apollo space program.
Read more →Saturday morning, I awoke at 5 AM to pain and an awful headache. I know this headache well; it was a headache from looking at a computer screen too much (after 25 years in the industry, I rarely get these). It was the headache of sitting down before 8:30 AM on Friday, the next time you look up it’s almost 2 PM, and you’ve crossed one thing off your list.
Read more →This week has been quite a blur. Working backward (literally and figuratively), we’re re-entering lockdown as a household again. A visit with my pain management doctor on Thursday in which he told me the hospital we both live near has seen COVID-19 admissions double this week pushed things very front of mind. A statement from our state’s governor on Thursday put things into motion towards lockdown (which she can no longer mandate thanks to our state legislature passing a law preventing her from doing so; nuts, I know).
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I woke Sunday morning to some very sad news. We’ve had a tragic loss in the cloud native community. Last weekend we lost Dan Kohn. Dan Kohn is the former Executive Director of Cloud Native Computing Foundation and was leading up COVID-19 response for the Linux Foundation. He passed away after losing his battle with stage four colon cancer.
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Read more →I was incredibly busy this week. I spoke at the October 2020 CNCF Eastern Canadian Meetup. I turned the introduction to last week’s newsletter into its own blog post, Fear and Loathing in YAML, and it made the front page of the orange site (you read it here first). And then, of course, all the live streaming for Red Hat.
Speaking of live streaming. When we look back at 2020, it seems like live streaming will be the thing the COVID-19 brought into our daily lives.
Read more →We kinda went down a rabbit hole this week when I suggested folks check out yq, “The aim of the project is to be the jq or sed of yaml files.” First, there’s nothing wrong with this project. I like it, I find the tool useful, and that’s that. But the great debate started over our lord and savior, YAML. Yeah, I know, XML vs. JSON vs. YAML vs. TOML vs.
Read more →Normally, I don’t like to highlight military uses of Kubernetes (people have feelings about that; I do too, for that matter). But, this week, something rather significant happened out in Utah: U-2 Federal Lab achieves flight with Kubernetes. “The U-2 Federal Laboratory successfully leveraged Kubernetes during a local training sortie on a U-2 Dragon Lady assigned to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base, Sept. 22. This represents the first time Kubernetes has flown on an operational major weapon system in the Department of Defense.
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