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Life after DevOps'ish

Update (2023-06-23) I’ve created a page on the DevOps’ish site so that you’ll always have the latest access to what I’m sharing out to social media. The DevOps’ish Firehose is available for your regular consumption (Bonus: there’s an RSS feed) In the last issue of DevOps’ish, I stated, “I’m under explicit doctor’s orders to cut stressors out and do things that bring me more joy… I need to stop doing so much....

February 20, 2023 · 10 min · Chris Short
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Updated: My three favorite macOS screensavers

Screensavers, you say? They’re more art than function these days. But, why not inject something either beautiful or useful into this mundane task of screen locking. Yes, it would be best if you still were locking your screen unless you want your four-year-old Slack messaging your co-workers. I have used a hot corner to the lower left to start my screen saver, locking the screen after a few seconds (if I accidentally trigger it)....

September 25, 2021 · 3 min · Chris Short
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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

NTP: You Can Use It

Network Time Protocol (NTP) is a very nice feature for networks that utilize multiple devices that have administrators who view logs on a regular basis, web sites that make financial transactions, and employee time clock management systems (these are just a few examples). NTP is designed to keep accurate local time keeping. Having four different times from four different devices for one event that happened once isn’t a good thing. Having every device in your network set to the same time is highly recommended....

April 23, 2003 · 6 min · Chris Short