Next week’s DevOps’ish (177) will be the last DevOps’ish for a while. I’m going to be putting DevOps’ish on a COVID-19 hiatus. A large part of making this newsletter is reading the news every day. Even with very heavy-handed filtering, the amount of data I read about the ongoing pandemic is far higher than one should be consuming. I’m pausing DevOps’ish because the news is hard to read these days.
Read more →I was going to make a list of things you could learn this week but, the tech world got a notable call to arms this week. We need more COBOL developers in the US. The glut of unemployment claims has crippled mainframe systems designed to run in a satisfactory government manner under normal conditions. “The governor of New Jersey just put out the call on live TV that he is desperate for Cobol programmers right now.
Read more →In dark times, there are typically rays of light that can be found to give us hope. I read an article last weekend that I thought would be worth mentioning here this week. Will the coronavirus crisis, like Sars, give birth to the next big thing in China tech? looks at how the Chinese e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com got their start during the SARS crisis of 2002-2003. The coronavirus caused markets to tank this week.
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 →A change at the helms of IBM and Red Hat are occurring in April (IBM press release). Ginni Rometty is retiring (after a short period as Executive Chairman). Ginny is the only woman to have ever led IBM which is a feat all by itself. She had the unenviable job of leading IBM out of its funk too. IBM had really good numbers this quarter. Whether that continues remains to be seen but, it’s noteworthy that it happened under Ginny’s watch.
Read more →Let’s begin the new year with the top ten stories from the past three issues of DevOps’ish to get you up to speed on what you might have missed while you were off lollygagging:
5 interview questions every Kubernetes job candidate should know How to actually get good at basic DevOps if i’m not already hired /r/devops RDS Pricing Has More Than Doubled (Medium) (please build your own blog in 2020) Kubernetes is booming, but consolidation is coming SSH to remote hosts though a proxy or bastion with ProxyJump 10 best sysadmin stories from the trenches The top 15 emerging jobs of 2020, according to LinkedIn Building Compassion - YouTube Operations Anti-Patterns: DevOps Solutions Top CI/CD resources to set you up for success A CSV is available with all the links sorted by total clicks if you want to get completely up to speed.
Read more →Happy Holidays to everyone celebrating this time of year. I hope that your time with family and friends was wonderful and stress-free. I have both of my kids in the same place at the same time this weekend; I am thoroughly enjoying that. Life doesn’t go how you plan it. Much like in DevOps, it’s not how well you stick to the plan for life; it’s how you respond to anomalies and improve the system as a whole.
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