November 06 2022

Sun 06 November 2022


It's November! That most wonderful time of the year when your brain and being need a little more maintenance.

Part of my maintenance schedule is taking the worsening weather as a prompt to feel less guilty about not going outside and doing outside things -- i.e. getting to coding and home sysadmin projects before Advent of Code kicks off.

Having ditched Kubernetes at home for various reasons, I've been running Nomad instead for homelab stuff. It is a lot more straightforward for my purposes, and reminds me a lot more of Borg from my time in the chocolate mines.

I'd also been running Consul for service discovery (mostly via DNS interface), and was planning on doing proper secrets management with Vault -- However, Nomad 1.4 added a few nice features, including something that's not as shiny as Vault, but works for my own purposes. So, I was looking to slim back to just Nomad and get rid of the rest of the ecosystem entirely.

After racking my brains for a cool and down-with-the-kids project name, enter nomad-dns-exporter, which is now happily pointing nginx and other various scripts and such at nomad services via DNS, no consul required (unless I turn down consul and discover it is, of course :-))

It's a homelab, so I get to replace some proper software with duct tape, and learned a few things along the way -- so, homelab mission accomplished!

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2021 Retrospective

Sat 01 January 2022

2021 was a year. I've seen the receipts.

In summing it up, I guess I'll preface it by saying that this, more than any previous year, was one where the shared experience of being the connected human was a more closely bonded one than ever. The shared experience definitely had …

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A Short History

Thu 22 July 2021

I'm allowed one cheat blog post, as a treat.

The twitter thread I posted a while back seems to have gotten some attention. It's reproduced on threadreader but that too shall pass (and I auto-delete my tweets after 90 days), so here's a reproduction.

The SRE book is a history …

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Working Deliberately with OKRs

Sat 26 June 2021

After being asked by a work colleague to say words about OKRs and if they're a good thing to adopt, I realised I had more words than fit in an email or short doc -- so, here's a slightly longer doc on my view of OKRs, tempered by 15 years or …

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