Richard Bucker

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Nov 28, 2019
Amazon Fire 10 The Fire 10 arrived yesterday and I tried to get the $50 price adjustment and Amazon was just not interested in custome...
Nov 28, 2019
Deep State I have no idea what it means... the Wikipedia[1] definition is closer to what I thought it was but then I heard congress...
Nov 28, 2019
Fire OS storage Amazon pricing changes wildly depending on the amount of internal storage you select. My Fire 10 went from $149 to $17...
Nov 28, 2019
Firewalla I'm struggling to see my way through multiple ISPs and WAN load-balancing as well as securing against threats... so I r...
Nov 28, 2019
Why Are You Still Using Android? I remember when I had my first on-call job. I was assigned a small beeper about the size of a pack of matches. ![beep1...
Nov 28, 2019
Amazon reviews Amazon does not allow critical reviews of Amazon or their products... nuff said!
Nov 28, 2019
What is next? I'm watching a video "comparing linux phones: librem 5 and pinephone". What caught my imagination is the idea of using ...
Nov 28, 2019
Flutter is rough I put my demo flutter project down for about a month and then tried to restart the project yesterday. The result of whi...
Nov 28, 2019
Fire OS and Android The relationship between Amazon's FireOS and Google's Android OS is probably very complicated. And while there is proba...
Nov 28, 2019
Prod staging qz dev in your ci/cd I've been developing with CI/CD since before it was a straw, let alone a pipeline. No, graduates of 2020 you did not de...
Nov 28, 2019
Tournament Scheduling This weekend was yet another tournament weekend when my kids were tortured by the organizers. The first game was at 11a...
Nov 28, 2019
Linux laptop? One of the thing we have learned from Chrome-based compute devices is that it does not take much to get shit done these...
Nov 28, 2019
Visual studio for chromeos visual studio code for chromsos -- listen up chowder-heads. THERE IS NO SUCH THING!!! There are no native apps for Chr...
Nov 27, 2019
Fast fashion of code ![fast fashion](/images/fast-fashion-graphic.jpg) Not to be compared to counterfeit; Fast Fashion (FF) is the act of k...
Nov 27, 2019
k8s k3s k8s ... in those immortal words of Marsha Brady. The thing is "we" seem to be adopting k8s _squirrel_ as fast as _squirrel_...
Nov 13, 2019
dead pixels I have never had a dead pixel so when I read:<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">Small numbers (1-3) of stuck or dead pixel...
Nov 12, 2019
static site generators Static site generators are pretty cool. Granted they are an oversimplification of the java/json/xml/xslt site manifesta...
Nov 9, 2019
how fast is too fast I like my google pixel and my slate. These machines have a ton of RAM and plenty of CPU. But as I started looking into ...
Nov 8, 2019
rust is the anti tcl I was feeling pretty good about wanting to try <i>rust-lang</i>. Then I checked the size...<br /><br /><div class="sepa...
Nov 7, 2019
Part 2 - the ideal system As I'm racing through the discovery on this subject I'm close to the end. The ideal platform is one that is air-gapped ...
Nov 7, 2019
are you a smart programmer? No. Really! Are you a really smart programmer in maybe the top 1% of your field? Considering the number of programmers ...
Nov 7, 2019
Part 1 - the new system One thing I like about OpenBSD is that it supports a range of CPUs. That includes some legacy hardware which is sort of...
Nov 7, 2019
business continuity Plan B ... in recent weeks "we" have seen a number of scary news reports and blog posts. Granted this stuff can be fake...
Nov 6, 2019
Open Source Security You don't need to say anything just think on it for a while. Then after the panic sets in think about it some more. It'...
Nov 6, 2019
insect repellent I have a great number of opinions on a bunch of different things. Just see my point on the <i>essential kit</i>. But bu...
Nov 6, 2019
The essential kit <i>jupiterhikes</i>&nbsp;goes ultralight but I think he hates the term. He seems to be as prepared as anyone needs to b...
Nov 6, 2019
project management 101 The <i>Agile Manifesto</i> and that other kind of <i>agile</i> never took perfection into account.<br /><br /><div clas...
Nov 1, 2019
Software versions I track There are a number of projects I track for version control....<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; te...
Nov 1, 2019
facebook has gotta go I was watching some right/left wingnuts talking about facebook, political ads and AOC. My takeaway is that facebook has...
Oct 31, 2019
do you accept browser cookies? I have no idea what the deal is with asking casual users to accept cookies? It seems like BS to me and more of an exerc...
Oct 30, 2019
underestimating Snugpak I have underestimated <b><i>Snugpak</i></b>. As a design team and manufacturer of "adventure gear" they cover your gear...
Oct 25, 2019
a fan is a fan As I'm doing the minimalism thing one idea popped this morning. Sure the Dyson fans are expensive but they are quiet, m...
Oct 24, 2019
a note to amazon music Stop advertising Unlimited HD to me. I have no interest and my ears could not tell the difference and the audio hardwar...
Oct 24, 2019
all in one programming languages I've talked about the DSL I designed myself for reporting. I've also mentioned that I have embedded pico, a version of ...
Oct 24, 2019
vanity internet domains Back in the early days of the internet there were a group of savvy engineers and business people who essentially squatt...
Oct 15, 2019
another bad day for open source One of the hallmarks of a good open source project is just how complicated it is to install, configure and maintain. Ha...
Oct 12, 2019
k3os is not a general purpose OS if all you are building is a lightsout k8s/k3s cluster then maybe k3os is a good choice. However if you are trying to c...
Oct 12, 2019
open source -- you suck I'm having a bad day but in the calm of the moment some things are clear to me.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">open sou...
Oct 11, 2019
flutter: what agile got wrong Let's get some facts straight. Google does not apply resources in the quantities required to design, build, integrate, ...
Oct 7, 2019
ultimate vs essential I worked for a company that thought they had the ultimate employees and the ultimate product and the ultimate managemen...
Oct 7, 2019
Ugh, docker-machine is abandonware To comment; I'm disappointed and pissed that this is my reality. Docker-machine is not a rock star but it works. It doe...
Oct 7, 2019
Orchestration through simple tools When I hit my 10,000 hours I realized that the basis for my success as a programmer was my shear laziness. It's that la...
Oct 7, 2019
which OS for docker OMG what a pain in the ISO!!!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.b...
Oct 7, 2019
linux distros that matter... Distrowatch is always a good place to checkout the latest linux distros but unfortunately it's not as simple as it once...
Oct 6, 2019
how small is big enough Just as I was clearing the cobwebs and I was resolved about kubernetes vs swarm I find myself asking the other question...
Oct 5, 2019
it's not the enterprise stupid I've been rehashing the <i>git vs fossil</i>&nbsp;argument and then thinking about the <i>sqlite vs anydb</i> and I'm t...
Oct 5, 2019
Do you need a college degree to be a programmer? The short answer is <b><i>NO</i></b>. Over the years I have had a number of coworkers who were actually very good progr...
Oct 4, 2019
not; git vs fossil I do not imagine that <i>google</i> will know what to do with my title but it's not about <i>git</i> or <i>fossil</i>. ...
Oct 3, 2019
The flutter catastrophe So things are going badly and there are plenty of solutions... sadly nothing that makes flutter a better project. They ...
Oct 3, 2019
How much virtual ram I'm trying to create a guest VM with 32GB or ram and vmware seems to be rejecting the request. That begs the question h...
Sep 28, 2019
Artificial Intelligence Watching that guy from China and Elon Musk talk about AI and I'm just pissed off. Consider that robots in manufacturing...
Sep 28, 2019
I've deployed CoreOS I installed CoreOS. I did it when <i>containers</i>&nbsp;(see docker, containerd, rkt) were gaining momentum. At the ti...
Sep 27, 2019
when things go wrong with flutter First of all... flutter sucks. I'm not sure what the developers and designers were thinking but the layers of crap you ...
Sep 26, 2019
Essential Systems I think I have been saying this for a while...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center...
Sep 24, 2019
Nim, Nim, Nim... I tried <a href="https://nim-lang.org/">Nim</a> a few years ago when it was a baby and could barely walk. Some time tod...
Sep 23, 2019
too thin WTF am I thinking?&nbsp; <i>My Macbook Air 2019 is too thin</i>.<br /><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="cl...
Sep 23, 2019
Facelift for non-Apple users on Apple hardware I am still tweaking my Macbook Air.... It's a pain because if I were going from one ChromeOS device to another I would ...
Sep 23, 2019
android on a feature phone I do not know what they mean by feature phone but back in the day that might be considered something like the ubiquitou...
Sep 23, 2019
Shiny New Macook Air My customer just purchased a new Macbook Air for me and over the weekend I managed to get my entire development environ...
Sep 20, 2019
Flutter on MAC Step one.... buy a new and latest Apple Mac. If you cannot afford that then refurbish your own previously owned Mac.......
Sep 18, 2019
Nothing is for FREE pay for the class In most technical endeavors there are the occasional savants, however, they are a rare find. Most times you find someon...
Sep 18, 2019
an eye on simple version control This is part 2 of my version control rant. And without starting at the beginning let's just start. I want a simple vers...
Sep 18, 2019
version control First of all let's call it like it is. <i>git was never meant for average users; it was one man's solution for one very...
Sep 17, 2019
against VMware One significant <i><b>con</b></i>&nbsp;is finite resources.<br /><br />My on-prem gitlab server ran out of disk space a...
Sep 14, 2019
Flutter lang versus the world The flutter language and ecosystem is interesting and is actually built on many generation of giants. However from my p...
Sep 13, 2019
enterprise database at scale I just finished writing a post about Star Trek LCARS and the user interface. Then some google headline presented an art...
Sep 13, 2019
next generation reporting The title of this article is a <b><i>double entendre</i></b>. If you have watched <i>Star Trek the next generation</i> ...
Sep 12, 2019
all in one cluster tech or the other A recent blog post suggested that kubernetes was the winner when docker signaled that it was going to support it. The a...
Sep 12, 2019
how to pick a docker stack name? I'm working on a very small project that is meant to demonstrate a small web application (not a service) so I can get a...
Sep 12, 2019
to upgrade or not From the new lessons learned bucket the question is how much time and money should you spend keeping your projects up t...
Sep 11, 2019
forking code repos This is a short opinion piece. Stop forking projects unless you know you need long term support or you are concerned th...
Sep 11, 2019
go or gb "turtles on top of turtles". The challenge for a programming language has always been it's documentation and tools. Bac...
Sep 11, 2019
functional programming Just a few minutes ago an acquaintance and former co-worker messaged me asking for a book recommendation on <i>function...
Sep 10, 2019
docker for IoT WTF is really going on here? Docker is interesting and some fun. Orchestration like swarm is interesting and fun. K3s i...
Sep 6, 2019
How do you REALLY use your computer? How do you REALLY use your computer? Most people surf the web, type emails, word processing or other office functions, ...
Sep 1, 2019
Keto Crackers <span style="background-color: #f9f9f9; color: #0d0d0d; font-family: Roboto, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; white-...
Aug 24, 2019
ESXi console timeout My lab is buttoned down pretty tight. That's not to say that I have air gaped my systems but I'm also not inviting intr...
Aug 24, 2019
Upgrading VMware ESXi Lab Let's start with the definition of a VMWare lab. It's a non production scale system that has enough hardware and softwa...
Aug 23, 2019
Flutter, Android Studio and VMWare I have a 4-core Intel NUC with 32GB RAM and an SSD running VMWare as the host with either Fedora 30 or Ubuntu 19 as the...
Aug 5, 2019
delete the bookmarks I have a long list of bookmarks for hiking gear. The thing is I have more than everything I need and Frankly the Amazon...
Aug 3, 2019
more alternatives In no particular order let's try to keep things simple.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.appscale.com/">AppScale</a> is ...
Aug 3, 2019
Hashicorp Packer; is it a waste of time and money? I'm lazy. There, I've said it. It's that laziness that prevents me from creating "things" with layers of complexity and...
Jul 31, 2019
OMG will stupid ever end I'm 5 minutes into my first Flutter training video and I'm hating it already. While I could go on and rant about flutte...
Jul 11, 2019
Tarp Cliff notes I had a quick fail in the backyard as the skies opened up... Here are some quick notes for setting up a tarp:<br /><br ...
Jul 11, 2019
embrace the suck I'm still thinking about the ground sheet challenge for this setup. Polycryo is lightweight and compact but it's that w...
Jul 11, 2019
Sea to Summit Pyramid Net Tent STS makes 2 different models of the SOLO/SINGLE net tent. One is a nano with insect shield and the other is without. Th...
Jul 10, 2019
Volume is as important as weight I have too much crap. I mean I have so much gear that getting onto the trail usually involves some analysis paralysis a...
Jul 9, 2019
polycryo tarp... NOT I was thinking about using polycryo as a material to make a tarp. I'd set it up a few times for ground sleeping and it ...
Jul 8, 2019
I flopped There is something to be said for testing your hammock before hopping in. My homemade hammock stand's anchor gave out a...
Jun 26, 2019
Day packs - what are they good for? I started looking for a few different names for this post because I have a day pack and some very UL gear and it's stil...
Jun 24, 2019
too much stuff - what gives you joy? I'm putting a pack together for an upcoming trip that <i>might</i>&nbsp;afford me some out of doors sleeping. When I fi...
Jun 21, 2019
I'm a hiker do I need a BOB Hell no you do not need a BOB (Bug out bag). A BOB is also known as a "go bag"... it's a pack you grab on the way out t...
Jun 20, 2019
YTT or Hulu the breakdown The quick answer... hulu wins but not because it's better... just less bad.<br /><br />. . .<br /><br />The life of a c...
Jun 10, 2019
How fast is fast enough? There was a time when I would download many GB and possibly TB of videos all for the purpose of binge watching an entir...
Jun 3, 2019
Google Cloud Computing Outage If you're complaining about the outage yesterday then you're an id10t. I just read the byline on TechCrunch and the aut...
May 30, 2019
keto chicken nuggets not really a nugget but close.<br /><br /><b><u>Ingredients</u></b><br /><br />chicken<br />onion<br />green pepper<br ...
May 29, 2019
Bluetooth Trackbad or trackpad It's been years since the computer mouse industry decided that wireless keyboards and mice were not good enough for gam...
May 29, 2019
what's in your wallet? Sure I meant to be funny but "what's in your ultralight backpack" does not roll as well. While I look at my camping and...
May 29, 2019
Ultralight do over We all like expensive things and there is no exception in the SUL and UL hiking world. Anyone who talks about going (S)...
May 24, 2019
minimalist water I have too much junk. I mean I have too many things that I'll just never use again or maybe for the first time. Granted...