Help Me DevOps Myself?

So, I’m teaching myself Node, and writing and running all of the code on the webserver I run at home. This requires two things when I work: a fast internet connection, and selection of only one text editor — TextWrangler is the only one I’ve found with built-in SFTP support on Macs.

The internet connection bit is fine, as far as it goes. I dislike running local environments where I’m connecting from my laptop’s browser to localhost. It just bugs me. So, what’s a better way to do this? Initialize a Github repository for each project and do a git push on my laptop and a git checkout on the server every time I want to test code? That seems … un-fast. Thoughts?


Sometimes, you just decide it’s time to pull the trigger on something. So then you do it.

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Apple Device Management Partnership with IBM Appears to be Getting Real™

So, a few months ago we saw this story crop up and hoped it meant that maybe IBM was going to help Apple get serious about enterprise services:


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Consumption Laundering

This is a delightful read because it is one of those things where your brain oscillates back and forth between thinking you’re being trolled and realizing the author is dead serious. There’s some useful stuff in here — on some level he’s advocating for decentralized power generation and the elimination of thermodynamic energy loss, which is great — but a lot of it is, as one of the commenters put it, consumption laundering.

Lock Your Mac’s Screen with a REALLY Old Keyboard

First of all: shut up. I will surrender this thing when I am dead.


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The “Death of the Web?”

I am usually the first one to be paranoid about changes in the structure of the Internet leading to less freedom, but this guy has managed to post a whole lot of words on a highly successful service explicitly devoted to countering the phenomenon he’s talking about. It’s like posting your photos on Pinterest or Instagram and worrying that no one cares about photography anymore.

We’re Back!

Lessons learned:

  1. Don’t use RAID0. Even if you “like, totally intended to put it on a real RAID at some point.” Just don’t do it. USB3 RAID enclosures are cheap, fast, and keep your data safe.
  2. That backup plan you worked on that kept falling through? WORK HARDER.
  3. Did I mention not to use RAID0?