I actually crossed things off my list this week. The little wins should be celebrated along with the big ones. There is something very therapeutic about erasing a line on a whiteboard or checking a box. That’s not celebration enough though. Make sure if you are doing complicated work that you take a moment to celebrate when it all comes together. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with feeling good about yourself.
Read more →The end of May looms large on the horizon and a busy June is ahead for a lot of us. This is about that time of year I wish it were the holiday season. It’s hot, people’s patience wears down faster, and there is always something to do. Here are some tips for the days ahead:
Remember to pace yourself; you don’t have to live a full life every day.
Read more →No. Contrary to what everyone I’ve talked to this week thinks, I’m not going to KubeCon Barcelona. I don’t think I was really planning on it at the beginning of the year. I believe it was added to my schedule right before my Shingles diagnosis. Let me tell you, Shingles is bullshit. I’ve been battling a flare-up of the nerve pain today and it’s gnarly af. I was going to discuss the use of the term “best practice” this week but, I need to go get some rest.
Read more →Happy Mother’s Day! To the single moms, this day should be yours two times over. I’m sorry if you don’t even get so much as a bathroom break to yourself today. To the almost moms, this day is yours. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise; if they do, send them my way. To the moms that have lost a child, this day is especially yours. For those of us whose toxic moms have been extricated from our lives, this day might be a little heavier.
Read more →Friday afternoon (US east coast time), some oddities around git repos being taken for ransom started to pop-up. Safe to say, I’m paranoid af when it comes to the software delivery pipeline (GitHub and GitLab are both used to manage DevOps’ish). I immediately changed passwords everywhere I have code stored (and you should too if you haven’t already). GitLab chimed in on the issue to confirm it did not appear to be a total loss of data on affected repos and provided potential fixes.
Read more →NOTE: Please read my Disclaimer before breaking out the tar and feathers.
What a series of unfortunate events for Docker in 2019. In what appeared to be a massive talent flush due to what looks like a potential earnings miss, the Great Docker Culling of 2019 happened. Docker appears to have laid off the vast majority of its well-known talent. Andrea Luzzardi, Sam Alba, and Gareth Rushgrove are among a slew of recent Docker layoffs discussed in this newsletter earlier this year.
Read more →I hope you had a wonderful week and are looking forward to the week ahead. I have been heads down working on Red Hat Summit work, upcoming releases, and trying to properly define DevOps this week. But, it has left me little time to really think about solving new problems. What do you do when you have complex problems to solve but only short bursts of time to work on them in?
Read more →I received my first credible death threat from someone over the internet when I was eighteen (I was working for an ISP and had to cancel an account for terms violations). No one knew what to do then. A few years later, I referred a credible threat to the FBI for investigation (Muslim extremists). No one knew what I should do then either. A few months ago, a Twitter troll hounded my personal and several corporate accounts FOR DAYS.
Read more →Chef announced this week they were giving up on letting users have binaries for free. Instead, you now can have all the source code for free but, not any of the binaries. Adam Jacob cited one company as having already adopted this model; Red Hat (my employer, see disclaimer). It’s a rather dubious claim because this Free Software Product model, developed mostly by Adam Jacob in the past sixth months, definitely does not predate Red Hat.
Read more →There is something to be said about simplicity. The amount of yak shaving needed these days is enormous. I’ve been on and off trying to get a container up and running in a cloud native manner. I’ve tried all of the major cloud providers and a few more. But, to a cloud, they all have inadequacies of one sort or another. If one has weird load balancing, the other has an absurdly expensive database service (compared to the competition).
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