Well, what’s it like living in the last throes of the Free Software Foundation (FSF)? Many companies came out against the FSF’s recent decision to re-add he who was mentioned in DevOps’ish 145. Red Hat probably gave the most scathing repudiation. I can think of no worse strategy than bringing back someone who for so long abused, criticized, belittled, harassed, and bullied the people (especially women) around them. I used to support FSF and only did so after he who was mentioned in DevOps’ish 145 (droves of others are denouncing the decision too).
Read more →We don’t talk about salaries in the US like people do in other countries. Apparently, we citizens of the United States are extremely conservative when it comes to this topic. I’d like to see that change in my lifetime.
I sat down and looked at my W-2 like I do every year. A number hit me out of the blue. It proved to me job hopping works (to a point).
Read more →This being a holiday break my intros will probably be a little bit shorter than normal. “More punchy” as my first boss at Red Hat would say. Let’s start with the thing with an ever-increasing blast radius: Solarwinds.
Solarwinds Supply Chain Compromise For the record, Reuters has been all over this coverage wise. I can’t do them justice. This story has been evolving so rapidly that by the time I hit send, my coverage will be incomplete.
Read more →There is usually a lot of hype surrounding Apple announcements. The recent report of Apple starting to build Macs with their own ARM-based silicon is no exception. But, there’s some meat to this hype; let me explain.
It wasn’t long ago that my iPhone 8 Plus with its A11 Bionic chip could leave my MacBook Air I was using as a daily driver in the dust. The ARM-based phone you’re carrying around (Apple or otherwise) probably has more computing power than the entire Apollo space program.
Read more →Saturday morning, I awoke at 5 AM to pain and an awful headache. I know this headache well; it was a headache from looking at a computer screen too much (after 25 years in the industry, I rarely get these). It was the headache of sitting down before 8:30 AM on Friday, the next time you look up it’s almost 2 PM, and you’ve crossed one thing off your list.
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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 →On my last trip of 2019, I took a very important walk with a friend. We talked extensively about burnout and recognizing ways to recover and mitigate the stress of our lives. I left the conversation in a much more peaceful place having just talked about. But, I’m not sure my friend did. The other day they sent me a Shonda Rhimes TED Talk that reminded them about my pledge a couple of years ago to say yes to everything I could.
Read more →Got a jam-packed newsletter this week, complete with relevant stories from The Washington Post and New York Times. It’s an exciting time to be alive. I remember when something had to be earth-shattering to make these papers. Nowadays, it seems commonplace to read about low level, tech news (like the .org registry issues), and high stakes tech news all the same (like the NSA disclosing a Windows vuln). But, what these two stories this week highlight is the importance of governance.
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 →The past few weeks have resulted in iterative improvements to my office workspace. After visiting a few Red Hat offices, it dawned on me that my office wasn’t what it should be. The improvements have helped me mentally in numerous ways. They’ve also allowed me to think more broadly about a number of things. Some odd little nuggets related to DevOps’ish popped out too (sausage making follows):
Automation: This newsletter relies more on automation for content curation than you might realize.
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