“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return. We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again. But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.” -Queen Elizabeth II
As mentioned last week, the newsletter is going on a hiatus. I’m not sure for how long, but it will be a while.
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 →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).
Read more →No introduction. Enjoy your week!
“Listen to your instinct, grab the opportunity when it presents itself and then give it your all.” —Helen Mirren
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Read more →I learned this week that I’ve had Shingles since at least November. If you don’t know, Shingles is adult chickenpox and can suck the life out of you (get your kids vaccinated). I didn’t notice the first sign of shingles, pain, due to all the medications I’m already taking. I chalked up the fatigue to a busier than normal travel schedule. I had several opportunities to get the first outbreak looked at and didn’t.
Read more →Since this is the last newsletter of the year, I wanted to provide some stats on how DevOps’ish did in 2018. Thank you, readers, for making DevOps’ish one of the best damn newsletters on the planet! I wish you all the best in 2019.
Note: All stats are for 2018 only (source, MailChimp)
Subscribers Added: 1,713 Number of Emails Sent: 89,402 Total Opens: 85,789 Total Clicks: 99,093 Unique Opens: 45,729 Unique Clicks: 22,442 Open Rate: 51.
Read more →As mentioned last week, I was able to finish my KubeCon + CloudNativeCon NA 2018 recap this week. It’s not an exhaustive list of things I did but, it covers the big ones. One point of emphasis for me was to assess the physical toil I managed along the way. It’s important to note that life doesn’t stop because you’re at a conference. Videos from the Kubernetes Contributor Summit are now available too.
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