DevOps'ish

DevOps, Cloud Native, Open Source, and the ‘ish in between.

087: Psychological Safety, Kubernetes, Ansible, Serverless, AWS, OpenFaaS, and More!

Psychological safety is something I have often talked about but have found difficult to find in my own work. There’s a lot of reasons for this. In a previous life, I couldn’t talk about my day to day work and life. As I have gotten further away from that time, It has gotten easier to adjust to being more transparent. With a permanent nerve injury, constant pain, and dealing with the VA it’s often a lot for an employer to consume in one fell swoop. Read more →

Penguins on the March

081: Diversity, Silicon Valley v. US, Ansible, Kubernetes, Meetings, DevSecOps, Serverless, and More

I had a very quiet week (which explains the enormity of this week’s newsletter). To give you an idea what the highlight of my week was, on Friday, I wiped two laptops, went to FedEx, and shipped them back to their owners. I’m spending the weekend between jobs resting and resetting. I will be in Raleigh the first part of the week and will finish the week at home, working for a new employer. Read more →

Seeing the light

063: Kubernetes Tips & Tricks, Leadership, Serverless, dtrace for Linux, Azure for Go, and More!

I listened to a very impactful podcast on Wednesday while walking my best buddy beast (happy birthday, Sunny). On the podcast, the speaker asked the audience five questions. One of those questions was, “When was the last time you changed your mind?” This question struck me. When was the last time I changed my mind? What motivated me to make that change? Would I be able to help others make a similar change should they ask for assistance? Read more →

Pow! Right in the Kisser!

060: WTF Google, SRE in a Serverless World, DevOps Requires Rethinking Norms, Kubernetes…

There are terrible people in this world. I’ve known that for a very, very long time. There are those that twist religion to benefit themselves, double-crossers, and people who will have their co-workers swatted just for existing. But, you cannot add yourself to that list in the process of “being American.” You are the epitome of a loser if you target people because of their race, gender identity, political leanings, sexual orientation, or disability. Read more →

Times Square, New York City

059: DODNYC, Hawaii Missile UI, Intel, Kubernetes, and More

I attended and spoke at DevOpsDays NYC 2018 this week. The conference was very well organized. It was a truly unique experience held at the Microsoft Technology Center in Times Square. There were some absolutely amazing talks. The talks were all great. The one thing I enjoyed the most was meeting people and seeing where they were along their journey. There are a lot of folks, some in really big companies, trying to change their cultures and improve their environments in dramatic ways. Read more →

Smooth Seas Ahead

058: It’s Raining Kubernetes, Everything’s Turning Up Serverless, and More!

It’s great to be working again. It’s refreshing to be figuring things out, collaborating with others in real-time, and keeping my skills sharp. This week I did a lot of the typical on-boarding stuff but, also needed to refresh my Ansible and Kubernetes basics. I practiced by working on a Raspberry Pi Kubernetes cluster. I’ll talk more about this cluster elsewhere but, it’s amazing how rusty some skills get after a month and a half of not really using them. Read more →