Category: Hardware

Identical Docker, Identical OS – Crashing on 50% of the Hardware 0

Identical Docker, Identical OS – Crashing on 50% of the Hardware

Gather round l’il ones and let old man Jon tell you a little story about the time he learned to never say never. Twas not terribly long ago when he was trying to spin up a fleet of Squid Proxies. Being the hip DevOps guru he is, the proxies were stored safely inside of Docker containers. Those containers were all pulled from the same single source, so they were identical...

Thoughts on use of the Apple TV (2015) in the Enterprise 0

Thoughts on use of the Apple TV (2015) in the Enterprise

Last week, as I was spending quality time with the 4th generation Apple TV, I was brainstorming about potential corporate uses for the unit. It might seem like a strange activity, but the Apple TV already has a number of non-media apps on the tvOS App store. An app like Zillow or Airbnb might be a little strange at first, but when you think about sharing your research with your...

Quick First Look: Onion Omega 0

Quick First Look: Onion Omega

Back in April I backed a Kickstarter for the Onion Omega. It’s another new hardware development platform centered around the Internet Of Things. While I’ve already got Raspberry Pi and Arduino aplenty, the Omega caught my eye as being a really nice blend of both worlds. Arduino is actually very hard to use for standalone IoT because it’s not fast enough to support SSL; it also requires you program in...

The Steam Controller is here! 0

The Steam Controller is here!

This week saw the first major shipment of the Steam Controllers for those who pre-ordered early. The controllers have been a long time coming as Valve has been talking about their concept units since 2013. As Valve hasn’t been involved in the hardware business in the past, nor is there a solid baseline for what a PC game controller should look like, it wasn’t a surprise for the development cycle...

Project “Reaper” – For all your ESXi server on-the-go needs 0

Project “Reaper” – For all your ESXi server on-the-go needs

Typically when one talks about building virtual infrastructure the first thoughts go to big boxes loaded with as much redundancy as possible, slotted into a nice home at a datacenter. This is a great idea, however I ended up being tasked with something slightly different. I need to build ESXi servers that were small and cost-effective. Most importantly they were going to be shipped and run in remote offices without...