K8s Misadventures, Pt. 1 – Distributed Systems are Easy

It’s finally happening – I’m splitting compute and storage up, and using k8s to do so. I bought two more Dell R620s, bringing my total to three – behold, quorum. This will be a multi-part series, focusing on different things I did wrong. I want HA, or as close as I can. I know I […]

Testing VM immutability, secrets storage again, and a brief ode to ZFS

I’ve had my dev VM upgraded to Debian 11 for a few months, and have fiddled with from time to time. It’s not that I distrust Debian stable in the slightest to not be stable, but I also am not going to just throw prod a sudo apt full-upgrade (yes, with updating sources first…) and […]

A Modest Proposal for minimizing downtime and adding more blinkenlights to ye olde 25U rack

In case you haven’t been following my work (I absolutely can’t blame you, as this blog is self-congratulatory at best), I have a 25U rack with some stuff in it. In short, it consists of a Supermicro 2U X9, and a ZFS pool, with an almost-identical second Supermicro 2U X9 that exists as a cold […]

Might As Well Jump

A friend wanted to learn Linux, so I offered to spin up a VM under Proxmox. Done. Just kidding. I mean, that would work (assuming you handled port forwarding) if you were hitting an IP, but FQDNs are much easier for people to remember. Except ssh isn’t based on HTTP, so how do you forward […]

Ascertaining Gender of Github Users to Determine PR Comment Sentiment, or How to Spend Money in the Cloud and Pretend you’re a Data Scientist

This is not so much of a SRE post, be ye warned, but it does discuss solving problems creatively. WARNING: Blindly following this will result in incurring costs from cloud providers, potentially quite a bit. It’s not my fault if you don’t calculate how much your task will cost. As an example, had I used […]

Safely Saving Secrets

Because alliteration. Moving on. If you’re interacting with APIs of any kind regularly, you probably have the credentials saved somewhere. Maybe you’re already using a solution to securely store these, in which case congratulations, you’re better than most. I, for one, was not. I assuaged my guilt with the knowledge that my Mac’s disk encryption […]

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