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RV

RV Internet

The most difficult thing about living in an RV when you work in technology is internet access. Last time I did this was in 2001 and the best I could do was satellite internet at slow speeds at extreme cost. Luckily in the intervening 19 years mobile “cellular” broadband is a thing in most places […]

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DevOps

Installing Docker on a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a fantastic low-cost way to experiment with Docker and Kubernetes. There’s several ways to get the latest version of Docker installed on a Raspberry Pi; you can go with the Cypriot project or a full-fledged GUI-based Raspbian installation. In my case I have a cluster of six Pi I need to […]

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DevOps

Some vi tips

Awhile back at a previous company I got hit with a last-minute request to update our Nginx redirect map with data provided in a spreadsheet. Normally I only have to do one or two redirect rules at a time. But today I got hit with 120 rules – each of which needed data from two […]

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DevOps

s3cmd with Multiple AWS Accounts

Awhile back I was doing a lot of work involving Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (aka Amazon S3). And while tools like Panic’s Transmit, the Firefox S3Fox extension, or even Amazon’s own S3 Management Console make it easy to use, sometimes you really just want a command-line tool. There’s a lot of good tools out there, but […]

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DevOps

Cron and Sewing Needles

Sometimes, even after decades of experience, you still screw up. Consider this cron entry I put in last night: # Backup MongoDB every 6 hours, zip it up, and rsync it. * */6 * * * ~/bin/backup_mongo.sh I wanted this to run the backup script for MongoDB every six hours. Instead, I got it running […]

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Weather

Dispatches from Joplin, Part 3

Subject: Where’s Mike, still-in-Joplin edition. From: Mike Sisk Date: June 3, 2011 To: engineering Well, I finally got an electrician out to my folks place. Then the job turned out to be too big for him since he had a bunch of others needing less work. So he brought yet another electrician over who could […]

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Weather

Dispatches from Joplin, Part 2

Subject: Where’s Mike this week? From: Mike Sisk Date: May 30, 2011 To: engineering I’m still in Joplin this week. And my folks still don’t have power. The problem now is that my parent’s house is old and has the original wiring from the 1940′s with glass fuses and all. Unfortunately, current building codes have […]

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Weather

Dispatches from Joplin, Part 1

On May 22, 2011 an EF5 tornado struck my hometown of Joplin, Missouri. At the time I was working at a startup in Bend, OR but my folks (and a lot of friends) were – and are – still in Joplin. My folks live very close to the hospital that took a direct hit and […]