Some things I found on the internet in the last week or so.
https://github.com/jvoorhis/vagrant-serverspec Building and testing servers using vagrant. Write a set of test for how you want the server to look then make them look that way. Not sure how practical it is but I like the concept and have been having some success with basic rspec on the puppet configs.
http://fractio.nl/2014/02/12/data-driven-alerting-with-flapjack-puppet-hiera/ Data driven alerting with puppet, hira and flapjack. Lot of interesting stuff in there about tying together a lot of the tools and automating all the things.
https://blog.serverdensity.com/how-do-you-document-your-ops-infrastructure/ Documentation is always a mixture but it’s needed. Getting the balance right is important. Long theoretical stuff should go in the code with test but short help and guides need to be found in the wiki or the like quickly.
http://road.cc/content/news/110661-uks-first-dutch-style-roundabout-gets-underway-bedford Could this be the start of something wonderful? I really want to see some of proper infrastructure in the UK.
http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ Sign up and make it happen…
http://smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/john-yudkin-the-man-who-tried-to-warn-us-about-sugar-20140212-32h03.html He told us sugar was bad but the evil corporations shut him up. or something like that.
http://wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-02/06/tim-berners-lee-reclaim-the-web Tim Berners Lee gets it. We are about to see the end of the internet as we know it. Soon people will work out the best way to keep us down and a tool that has brought about some genuine freedom of thought will be put back into it’s box so the control can be returned to the few.
http://blog.crisp.se/2012/11/14/henrikkniberg/scaling-agile-at-spotify A really interesting post about how spotify try to keep their teams working together. I don’t like all the names that they give things but the concepts are good so maybe it helps reinforce this. You have to split people out into teams to work on stuff but you must keep people talking and sharing across those teams to keep the place sane.
Getting Things Done
- http://davidseah.com/productivity-tools/ Never let it be said that I had not at least read about every productivity tool if not tried them.
- https://plus.google.com/+JoeThunderboltSmith/posts/P62Wowg5U3z Goats on a tin roof. The reason the animated GIF was invented.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03vthkv Death of a Spiv, from Radio 4. All about the rise and fall of the spiv.
http://tinyhousebuild.com/ Given how much rubbish I horde at home I can’t ever see myself living like this but I do find these tiny houses really attractive. Time to buy a field I think.
http://www.treklightgear.com/treklife/hammock-brainwashed/ And of course once you have a tiny house you need somewhere to sleep so a hammock is the natural choice.
http://blog.chewxy.com/2014/02/13/you-should-double-roast-your-coffee-and-opencv-tricks/ I still think that roasting my own coffee is a step to far but when I do I too will use OpenCV and a camera to analyse the roast.
These have mostly been found on 6Music but I miss a lot becasue the playlister thing never updates the track in time.
http://www.deezer.com/track/1582222 Older Guys, The Flying Burrito Brothers
http://www.deezer.com/track/73025546 Oana, Otto A Totland
http://www.deezer.com/track/9896749 You Can Take My Glowstick but Don’t Touch the White Glove, The Hold ( I just found this one while searching for something else)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/records/nnzm5q Touch The Leather, Fat White Family
http://www.deezer.com/playlist/794319331 The rest in a deezer playlist…