December 1, 2017

Setting Up GPG Signature Verification for Github

GPG stands for GNU Privacy Guard, it’s a public-key cryptography that can be used to digitally sign items like commits in Git. GPG provides a lot more functionality, but let’s go into why you would want to digitally sign your Git commits. Git does not have any way to validate the author of a commit. When setting up a Git client on your system you are able to use any email address you desire. Read more

September 27, 2017

Fitbit - Activity Tracker or DevOps Accessory?

Obviously, Fitbit is an activity tracker, there isn’t any doubt about that but there are some nice features with Fitbit’s line (along with others) of activity trackers that have been extremely useful in the DevOps and Infrastructure area of my current job. I have the Fitbit Charge 2 and for an activity tracker it does everything I would want and it is perfect for what I need, even though I’m not as active as I want to be. Read more

September 18, 2017

Setting Up a Local Python Development Environment

Over the past couple months, I’ve been working on fine tuning my Python skills, part of this has been taking tutorials online along with building some applications. One of the things I’ve been wanting to document, mostly for myself, is setting up a new environment for developing with Python. I’m using macOS Sierra right now, it seems that most operating systems still comes with version 2.x of Python. It’s always a good idea to be able to control the version of Python you are using. Read more

August 20, 2017

Hugo and Netlify

So, it was time for a bit of change for the blog. I have been using an older version of Jekyll for some time and upgrading for me has always been a pain. I picked to move away from Jekyll to something new, this is where Hugo comes into play. Hugo Hugo is another static site generator like Jekyll but written in Go, it boasts itself as the fastest tool of its kind but it wasn’t the speed that drew me to it. Read more

February 20, 2017

I just want to tail my log files!

I’ve had the opportunity to use the Elastic Stack (formally known as ELK) for some time now, there’s a great number of use cases that the Elastic Stack can fit, but one of the primary uses is to help aggregate logs files into one centralized location. This gives you the ability to analyze and research your log files, at work we’ve been able to gain a lot more insight into our services using the Elastic Stack. Read more

January 10, 2017

Building a Docker Image for BitBucket Pipelines

I said in my last posting that I could do better with cutting down the build time. To get everything working I needed to add a lot of tasks to the BitBucket pipeline. Besides the execution time, BitBucket also needed to download the Docker Image every time, so the Docker Image size is also a factor in the overall build time. Let’s look at some things we can do to make a better Docker image to cut down the build time for the blog. Read more

January 1, 2017

Quick look into BitBucket Pipelines

Atlassian just took their Bitbucket Pipelines out of Beta a bit ago, so I wanted to take look and get something up and running on it. From a quick look, it reminds me a lot of Codeship, which is a great service I have used to publish this blog along with using it at my previous job. For a nice test, I wanted to see if I could replace Codeship with Bitbucket Pipelines for my blog. Read more

January 2, 2015

Bitcasa No More

A bit ago I wrote a posting about how I left Dropbox and Google drive for a new service called Bitcasa, sadly all good things come to an end. I can no longer recommend Bitcasa because of the change in their service and plans. When I signed up and got the service they still had an unlimited plan that would let you store as much as you wanted. One of the features that I really liked was the need to not have everything sync to your computer, your files would stream over the internet when you wanted them. Read more

September 7, 2014


One of the things I forgot to talk about in my last posting was the use of MessagePack. MessagePack is a library that lets you take objects and convert them into something much smaller than JSON. Some people have reported using MessagePack and have saved up to 50% of space over JSON. That’s not a bad saving for just using a library. In my example, I wasn’t dealing with any objects that was too complex but there is still a benefit of using MessagePack. Read more

August 31, 2014

RPC using Redis

One of the things I find myself always looking into and being excited about is scaling out systems. Now this means different things to different people. The reason for me looking into RPC is how to deal with Microservices as part of a way to move Monolithic applications to into the Microservices architecture. RPC (or Remote procedure call) is an idea that has been in computer science for a bit now. Read more

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