General 9-11, war, and mental health warnings
This is hell week for me every year. The week before 9-11-2001, I lost my best friend. At the same time, mourning his loss in North Carolina still (I was stationed at Langley AFB, VA). I woke up early the morning after leaving the mountains and the funeral activities in Hendersonville. I was at my parents’ house. They’d taken time off the week before dealing with my dad’s mother’s (my grandmother’s) passing.
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DevOps’ish is back.
What did the hiatus look like? Why did it need to happen at all?
Like fixing an airplane while it’s in-flight, It’s hard assessing a problem while you’re in the middle of creating it. COVID-19 is just the sort of thing that the world turned upside down enough that I needed to take a break to reassess how to do the newsletter, in general. Meanwhile, sponsorships wholly dried up (for five weeks).
Read more →The impact of the coronavirus hit the tech events industry hard this week. In a shocking move on Tuesday, O’Reilly announced it has immediately ceased all in-person events. To add insult to injury, O’Reilly laid off their entire events staff during a pandemic. To make matters worse, under US law, they’ll get only a week of health insurance benefits, meager support for COBRA (super expensive health insurance), and any severance is based solely on tenure.
Read more →Everything is canceled, postponed, or going virtual. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has already made drastic impacts across the planet. Particularly this week, when several companies restricted travel forcing conferences to do something if they hadn’t already. KubeCon EU is getting pushed back to July or August. I canceled my plans earlier in the week because, with everything up in the air, there’s no telling I’ll be available to participate whenever it does eventually get rescheduled.
Read more →I spent this week in Las Vegas, working at IBM’s FastStart 2020 event. The event is for IBM sellers, partners, and technical folks to come to learn the new bits of knowledge about the products they’re selling and enabling at their clients’ sites. I went in my usual technical capacity and learned very quickly IBM and Red Hat speak two different languages. This is expected but, I wanted to look a little further into the why behind that.
Read more →I got up this morning and was quickly exhausted from pain. I had noticed this exhausted feeling earlier in the week. It was the day of a doctor’s appointment to get injections to fix the mentally distracting nature of constant, chronic pain. I discovered burnoutindex.org, which is a nine-question test to give you an idea of your main risk factors of burnout. My two key elements are self-inefficacy and exhaustion (see my burnout report).
Read more →Events February 2020 Michigan Tech Events — If you’re in Michigan this month, check out one of these awesome tech events while you’re here. Also, the Orchestructure meetup is the last Wednesday of the month and is always filled with Kubernetes nerds.
March 5-8, 2020
SCaLE 18x – the 18th annual Southern California Linux Expo – will take place in March 5-8, 2020, at the Pasadena Convention Center.
Read more →The year 2019 is winding down. This is the time of year I reflect on the past 365 days. I feel a few themes that are predominant but, I’m looking forward “for the next thing” and it’s still Kubernetes and the cloud native ecosystem. This is why I think Kubernetes will become the standard cloud APIs that we all build on in the future. I look at Linux and how it has become table stakes these days.
Read more →Q&A: IBM’s Landmark Acquisition of Red Hat. It is done. Aside from extra meetings from too many Red Hat folks, I have seen zero change. I’d like to talk more about the whole acquisition process from my point of view since it was announced, at some point. Overall, from my perspective, the process was smooth. I commend Red Hat and IBM leadership for keeping the chaos to a minimum. Here’s to next week and hopefully fewer meetings!
Read more →I was on PTO this week. I was working on a number of side projects and issues I’ve been trying to resolve for quite some time. This includes soft launching a podcast! Deep Cuts is a podcast that looks at the news behind the news. Things that were significant but didn’t make the newsletter for one reason or another. Prepare to embrace People, Process, and Tools in your ear holes.
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