Super slick logging with PapertrailApp
March 8, 2016
Let’s be honest, basic logging is not hard. Watching logs scroll by is just a tail away. Even shipping most logs to other hosts isn’t hard. However when you start adding these things together, throw in a dash of web interface, a sprinkle of filtering and a heavy dollop of integration… it gets to be a rather large “hack”. So why hack it when you can use a ready-made solution for next to no cost? That’s what I found in Papertrail.
Pushing successful SSH logins to PushBullet
January 25, 2016
On Friday I ran across Sandrino Di Mattia’s post “Posting successful SSH logins to Slack” which was very easy and a very nifty idea. Already most of my notifications from various systems (Datadog, Tutum, Twitter, etc) are gathered into a notification channel on Slack, so I jumped on the chance to try out this script. It worked great, but I realized there was one major issue: my slack notifications are plentiful and passive. I have only a few internet accessible servers and I care about them a great deal, so I want to know if anyone is accessing them (since it should only be me). So I added push notifications for successful SSH logins!
Why Slack when you can Rocket.chat?
September 26, 2015
Everyone knows that Slack is the current darling of the chat world. This is especially true in the high-tech scene as it seems like everyone is using Slack. It quickly eclipsed 6 year old HipChat with a huge suite of fancy new features and a shiny interface. The 14 teams I’m a member of can attest to Slack having also taken the place of IRC for many. So why isn’t this post an advertisement for Slack? Well everything isn’t all roses and sunshine in the land of Slack and there’s a new upstart worth checking out… Rocket.chat.