Howto: Glass Bed Upgrade for the Monoprice Maker Select v2
June 16, 2017
One of the most commonly recommended upgrades I’ve found (For all printers) is switching to a glass bed (Technically tempered Borosilicate). While it is not a hard nor expensive upgrade, it can be a bit time consuming. Since your bed is very important to the print process, this shouldn’t be something to rush, so I’d recommend at least two hours to complete (not including print time). Please note that the process here should work just fine for the Wanhao Duplicator i3 and similar series printers however you may need to verify what the correct glass size is.
CoreOS Fest 2017
June 13, 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 didn’t greatly enjoy CoreOS Fest… but vacation always wins. Anyways, enough about the building, let’s talk about Kubernetes — because it was definitely the highlight of the conference. While I don’t think the Fest is bigger than Kubecon, it certainly was no slouch.
AWS's root contradiction
June 7, 2017
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 special occasions which is why the very first recommendation of AWS root accounts is to create an IAM user, then don’t use your root account.
So now I'm printing in PETG?!
June 6, 2017
Over the last two weeks or so that I’ve had my printer, I’ve learned a number of things. I haven’t had a chance to put “to paper” (or… blog, as it were) all of them, however last night I did my first print in PETG thought it was worth a quick mention while the hot end was still warm. Possibly the most important thing I’ve learned is that most people stick to one filament type and not jump from PLA to ABS to PETG like a bunny on crack. Turns out you need to refine your settings and do some calibrations, so I’ve learned a thing or two about that along the way.
Pitfalls for 3D Printing Newbies
June 1, 2017
So you’ve decided you wanted to get into 3D Printing, you’ve possibly even picked out and purchased a printer. You’re good to go, right? Well, not quite. Like any fun hobby, turns out there are more than a few things to getting started than you might have realized. Some of these pitfalls might not catch up to you for a while but since I’m learning the hard way, I thought I’d share all the knowledge I could up front. These items are in no particular order and may or may not be applicable to your specific situation:
Selecting a 3D Printer
May 31, 2017
The field of Additive Manufacturing at Home, aka 3D Printers isn’t terribly new. However it is still a field in which it’s new to most people. It’s also a field that is very rapidly evolving. Therefore the hardest part for me to write is “which 3d printer to pick” because by the time you likely read this, there will be other new options to consider. So rather than telling you what to select, I’m going to share my thought process and a few things to keep in mind.
Down the 3D printing rabbit hole: a background
May 30, 2017
For those of you who happen to follow me on various social medias may have noticed a ton of Instagram posts as of late regarding 3D Printing. It makes for great writing material. A number of you have strongly requested more details, as it is my style to share my journey, this begins a series on 3D Printing. Let’s start with my background on 3D printing (or lack there of) and what I’m going for.
Cruising Mexico 2017 – Day 3 / Sea Day 2 – The formal ocean
April 19, 2017
It might seem strange but one of the funnest “little” things about the cruise is that there is almost always mail at your door. Every morning and night at least, there is something new. Little fliers advertising events not to mention the daily “Princess Patter”. The only downside is that they don’t give you the days Patter until about 11pm the night before. Combine that with the [email protected] app not showing you anything but the current day’s schedule… means you really can’t plan much in advance. Maybe that’s a good thing?
Trading in my IT hat for DevOps
April 17, 2017
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… until now. That portion is what used to be called “Sysadmin” or even “TechOps” but now goes by the fancy term “DevOps”. Yes, going forward I’m now full time DevOps… and I couldn’t be more excited.