DIY Buffer using IFTTT

Update: As of 2019-12-10, it would appear that due to rate limits and other service changes, this process is now broken. I leave this here in memory of the over three years of exemplary service IFTTT has given me. Buffer is a great tool for scheduling and posting content to social media. But, it costs money to do any sort of real sharing. I prefer to share more content from others than I do my own....

November 21, 2016 · 1 min · Chris Short

HTTP/2 Primer

Hypertext Transport Protocol v2 (HTTP/2) is here and is being implemented at an ever quickening pace. HTTP/2 is going to speed up the web and enable new capabilities. There is a lot that stays the same but there are some significant changes coming. In educating myself I decided to illustrate some of the changes in HTTP/2: The first thing to keep in mind is the primary reason for HTTP/2 even being a protocol is to improve performance (and not necessarily security)....

November 16, 2016 · 3 min · Chris Short

OSI Model

The Open Systems Interconnection model (OSI model) defines a concept where every function of a computing system resides at one of its seven levels. When people say, “Layer 3 routing” or “L7 load balancing” they are referring to the OSI Model. It is an incredibly handy tool for troubleshooting as it reminds you to check the system at each layer. The official documentation on the OSI Model can be found on the ISO site (yes, that’s confusing)....

November 13, 2016 · 1 min · Chris Short

NTP: I Need You to Go Ahead and Love It

It’s 2016 (almost 2017) why is the time off on your system clocks? It became apparent to me that there are some folks out there that do not realize their clocks are off for a reason. Julia Evans recently made a graphic about distributed systems that mentioned clock issues and it made me really sad. Photo Credit: Julia Evans We had a saying when I was in the Air Force, “Timing is everything....

November 2, 2016 · 9 min · Chris Short

DevOps Perspectives from the Front Lines

The month of October was quite unique for me. I went to a number of conferences and talked to tons of people from all walks of life. All of the events were great; DevOpsDays Raleigh, AnsibleFest Brooklyn, DevOpsDays Detroit, and All Things Open are all events I would recommend to anyone considering them. One distinctly unique opportunity was to sit down with the folks from The Cloudcast to tell my DevOps story....

October 31, 2016 · 1 min · Chris Short