Category: Tech

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Kubernetes 1.6 – Taints and Tolerances for monitoring your cluster

At the office we use Datadog for monitoring our production systems, so when I spun up a test Kubernetes cluster (running Tectonic) I wanted to monitor using the same tool. Unfortunately the initial deploy of the Datadog agent didn’t work quite as well I was hoping. While I used their stock Kubernetes YAML as prescribed by the knowledgebase, it did not cover monitoring the Master nodes. Datadog support suggested I...

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CoreOS Fest 2017

Just a bit over a week ago I had the opportunity to attend CoreOS Fest 2017 at the lovely Pier 27 in San Francisco. You might remember this same structure from my cruise posts as Pier 27 serves double duty as event center and cruise ship terminal. Now that I’ve had a chance to see both sides of the building, I definitely recommend the cruise terminal portion. Not that I...

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AWS’s root contradiction

If you work in the cloud, you’ve probably got an AWS account. It’s not just any account though, it’s the magical “AWS Root Account”. With this root user account, you are imbued with the god-like power to create worlds and smite instances. Your power is only limited by the thickness of your wallet (and the built in service limits). Of course such power should be reserved for only the most...

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Trading in my IT hat for DevOps

My professional career started with a brief stint as Quality Assurance before I made a quick turn into Information Technology. Ever since I’ve stayed the path of considering myself a “tried and true IT guy” and all things that came with IT Management. However even in those early days, there was a small but growing portion of my job that I enjoyed but was never able to fully focus on…...

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Taking Linux Mint 18.1 “Serena” for a spin

Sadly it’s been quite sometime that I’ve tried to spend any amount of time on a Linux desktop for fun (rather than work), even the general Linux category here on the blog is fairly dust ridden. In the proccess of starting this entry I realized that my last “going for a spin” post was from Ubuntu 12.04 and the last post about Linux Mint was about KDE & Superkeys in...