Tech Support Stories Part 2

Since folks seemed to like the first one, I figured I would do another one. These are just interesting stories from my whole time doing IT-type work. Feel free to subscribe via RSS but know that this isn't the only kind of writing I do. Getting Started I grew up…

Tech and the Twilight of Democracy

We live in dangerous times. The average level of peacefulness around the world has dropped for the 9th straight year. The impact of violence on the global economy increased by $1 trillion to a record $17.5 trillion. This is equivalent to 13% of global GDP, approximately $2,200 per…

Why Kubernetes needs an LTS

There is no denying that containers have taken over the mindset of most modern teams. With containers, comes the need to have orchestration to run those containers and currently there is no real alternative to Kubernetes. Love it or hate it, it has become the standard platform we have largely…

AI is Already Killing Books

I love reading. It is the thing on this earth that brings me the most joy. I attribute no small part of who I am and how I think to the authors who I have encountered in my life. The speed by which LLMs are destroying this ecosystem is a…

Help Everyone Do Better Security

One interesting thing about the contrast between infrastructure and security is the expectation of open-source software. When a common problem arises we all experience, a company will launch a product to solve this problem. In infrastructure, typically the core tool is open-source and free to use, with some value-add services…

Can We Make Idiot-Proof Infrastructure pt1?

One complaint I hear all the time online and in real life is how complicated infrastructure is. You either commit to a vendor platform like ECS, Lightsail, Elastic Beanstalk or Cloud Run or you go all in with something like Kubernetes. The first are easy to run but lock you…