I’m a terrible artist but, if you have an idea for a technical drawing please send me a DM on Twitter (@ChrisShort) or e-mail. Thanks!

Perspective

I like to remind everyone this time of year that, unless they have people’s lives in their hands, you have to keep things in perspective. Chances are you’re in a terminal on a laptop on planet earth which is but one watery orb circling a star as it hurtles through the Milky Way which is but one of many galaxies moving across the universe. Try not to take things too seriously. [Read More]

DNS is Awesome

There are so many cool things about DNS one drawing is not going to do it justice. Please let this drawing serve as an inspiration to learn more about DNS. DNS is awesome because it allows you to have a full blown CDN for next to nothing. All you have to do is create a CNAME that points to Amazon S3 or Google Storage. If you are interested in monitoring your DNS records I would highly recommend dnsspy. [Read More]

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. [Read More]

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). [Read More]