Tiny Operating System
The last few days I have been looking for a tiny os to fill the gap between BSD, Linux, chroot/jail, and virtual machin...
Minimal Operating Systems
I really liked RancherOS not because of the docker integration but the footbrint and boot-times. In recent
days I've ha...
Truenas vs Synology
Lawrence Systems did a good comparison between TrueNAS and Synology DSM. I do not have many complaints about his conten...
Intel Nuc Pci Slot0 Timeout
I'm not able to install OpenBSD 6.9 on my Intel NUC i5. It's a few years old so I'm kinda surprised that
OpenBSD will n...
Certified by Best Buy Expert Sucks
I purchased a Samsung Galaxy Chromebook from Best Buy. It was supposed to be a "Certified" machine... all the parts and...
Update Update Update
People used to complain about Microsoft Windows updates. They took so long and many were buggy. It was interesting that...
OpenBSD Is the tuner of Operating Systems
I like OpenBSD and I like what they stand for and how they get there. But unfortunately I keep running into showstopper...
I'm pulling my hair out trying to get any of my OpenBSD 6.8 or 6.9 systems connect to my Synology NAS with iSCSI suppor...
Learn Something New Every Day pkg add OpenBSD
From the learn something new catalog.... I have been struggling with orchestrating my OpenBSD deployments. It's certain...
State of Work; My Environment
## Preface and Background
- a security expert or researcher
- an Operating Systems expert
- a Cloud expert...
Never Too Late
I have been chasing the VPC-internet-gateway as described by DigitalOcean. There is nothing complicated about the syste...
"Justified" was a great Texas Ranger TV series. Justified is also how I'm feeling now about my decisoin to abandon Linu...
OpenBSD vmm Gateway
UGH! There are those days when I feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick a fieldgoal while Lucy is holding... and I know...
Virtual Machines Jails Chroot Docker
Will Dell actually spinoff VMware? What does that mean to you/me?
I use VMware almost exclusively for my development a...
Why Not BSD
I have been a longtime BSD admin. I got my start a long time ago when working on commercial firewalls. It's easy to get...
Will I Ever Use Nim
There was a time when I thought that `nim` checked a number of boxed. That was until it was discovered that it was bein...
Merge Sqlite and Tclsh
I've mentioned my DSL strategy before ... and while I'm comfortable with bash I'm getting more reliant on tclsh because...
PHP Fail Now What
I've been touting the benefits of my TCL inspired DSL for a couple of years now. In fact I have never liked DSLs in prin...
What's in a project name? EVERYTHING. Naming a project "carrot" or some other wacky name is a crazy waste of time. Whil...
What Is Your Next Language
I still think that there is a chance we will see a technology pandemic... see solarwinds et al. Over he last year I hav...
If you had to implement a dashboard what would it's purpose be? I'm looking at some bootstrap dashboards and some
M2 Warranty Warning
PRIVACY WARNING... One of the things I really like about ChromeOS is that I can configure, upgrade and powerwash as sim...
Chromebook i7 Cores
I wanted to be an early adopter of the ChromeOS echosystem when the early CX devices were available. Unfortunately,
Your Toolchain Hacked
Be honest... what are the chances that your toolchain has been hacked or trojaned? As I've mentioned time and again
There is so much that we do not know about the SolarWind hack and that we are not likely to ever know... But given the
What should we learn from the Solarwinds hack... that bad actors can be patient and are playing the long game. Also, th...
To the point... micro-services solve some problems and create a lot more. But let's start at the beginning...
CentOS Stream Who Cares?
There is tons of hoopla surrounding CentOS going all 2019-stream _but who really cares?_ Look, there is nothing
Third Party Dependencies
When I started writing code using golang there was no need for a library vendoring solution. There were very few to tru...
What is a monolith?
> defined: "a single great stone often in the form of an obelisk or column" --Webster
But to be c...
The Case for Dsl
In the video "why software engineers disagree about everything"... reason #2 is "high switching costs".
That is the nu...
LinuxKIT or Commercial Linux
Deploying commercial grade linux saves a lot of time in the short term but what's it good for in 2020?
Back about 20 ye...
Micro Services Got It Wrong
There was a time when I was sucked into microservices and then there was a time when I was repusled.
> I spent the fir...
Virtual Machine Swap
Looking at one of my VMs I see that I've used about 50% of my swap space. Swap space on a VM is a killer. The competiti...
Rule number one... know what system resources you need. Rule number two... know what decisions you make
could offset th...
Why Puppet Ansible or Other
I've tried to use Puppet and Ansible to orchestrate large enterprise systems and it's just no fun to use. All those fra...
Fedora IoT Is Not IoT
I really wanted to run my microservice on Fedora IoT. But alas it's not IoT. The idea that Fedora IoT expects
Fedora Is No Red Hat
I said the same thing about CentOS... Fedora is not Red Hat.
Both Fedora and CoreOS have great reputations but should ...
CentOS Is No Red Hat
What is CentOS? Well, it's a linux based operating system forked from the open sourced parts of Red Hat. More important...
Since I started my progrssional career before the internet I learned by reading books. Until a few years ago I maintain...
Many years ago when the "internet" was just a bunch of BBS', AOL, Compuserve, and ham radio packet networks I deployed ...
Only Tool Is a Hammer
The saying goes... _if your only tool is a hammer then all your problems look like nails._ By extension
a speaker at th...
Why on earth does `linuxkit` not have a million stars? I'm perplexed by the number of container-based projects that are...
OpenBSD Encrypted Microsegments With Wireguard
Everything I have been reading about wireguard suggests that most prople use it as a replacement for VPN. Meaning
Next Best Programming Language
I'm not sure why java and python are at the top of the list according to github metrics. There is something
Pulling My Hair
I'm pulling my hair out trying to clarify my POV on production network security. To reiterate there is
something to be ...
Fun Facts for the Day
Client/server notation indicates who initiates the connection and who sits around waiting. Wireguard seems
to work best...
Securing Microsegment Connections
I'm losing hair trying to reconcile _Zero Trust Architecture_ and _Secure Authenticated and Authorized Connections_.
Which Container OS
Rancher did a simple [comparison](https://rancher.com/blog/2019/comparison-of-container-operating-systems/)
of OS' capa...
Zero Trust Network
_Zero Trust Network_ has a new meaning to me. "It's an architecture not a product". The theme presented in a 2019 talk
Zero Trust Networking
What a complete mess! I'm researching Zero-Trust, SDN, Containers and VMs and frankly it's a mess of marketing
Is Vmware Really That Good
What are you really getting from ESXi that you cannot get from a homebrew of the same? Sure there is something to be
Orchestration and Virtual Hosting
I'm building some orchestration tools built on `govc` and my own project `runnable-markdown`. It works; but from a prod...
Pi Now Pt4
Now that the videos have been migrated to the AP it's time to process the videos. It's just not clear how to
I think I found some place that Uncle Bob and I agree...
> clean code does not mean you reformated the code with your ...
Cattle v Pets
It's an interesting saying "cattle not pets". I cannot determine where it came from except to
say that it has been wid...
A New Lisp
I still like my `tcl` interpreter. The code works, however, there are some elements that are not clear that might be
Pulling My Hair Out
The shit hit the fan yesterday... I was trying to conncet to my client's VPN networks, however, ChromeOS does not
Pi Now Pt3
At this point the cameras have completed their first boot, connected to the access point, been named,
camera enabled an...
Pi Now Pt2
In part 1 of this series I covered the preparation of the access point. The purpose of the access
point is to act as a ...
Pi Now Pt.1
I just watched an interesting video where the presenter was using his iPad as his terminal with a pi-4
connected and po...
The first code file I ever edited was a BASIC program from a programmers mag onto my TRS-80. (sure there
are many badge...
Langs Langs Langs
I made some huge strides in the tcl-dsl project. But the more progress I made the more I realize that it's a big
Synology What Is It Doing
I have been chasing after squirrels lately... lots and lots of squirrels. I recently proposed "should I build
my own di...
Tcl From Scratch
> Many have called it the "best-kept secret in the software industry".
Whether in large companies, small companies, ac...
Build My Own Tcl Installation
This started off as a DSL of sorts... and while I'm distracted by this squirrel it not going to derail me.
What I've be...
Nim From Scratch
I'm already disappointed with nim but I find myself dragged back in. It took one modern video and one older video.
Factor is an interesting language idea. Frankly I couldnot do the language justice but it seems to me to be a
New Language Bust
I just installed qemu on several machine in my DEV environment only to realize it's a bust and my concerns about a
Lang for the Next 40
I'm half way through "Rust: A Language for the Next 40 Years - Carol Nichols" on youtube and losing my patience.
Chromeos Linux Beta Goes Bad
I have been using my ChromeOS/Linux as my development environment. The side effect is that I need all these tools and l...
Quote of the Day2
> 70% of all application needs need a Lego-like solution, simple, immediate, and delightful. No code programming could ...
Don't tell me that targeting a raspberry pi withcross compiling and CGO is the reason that you did not implement some f...
The Last Programming Language
I responded to uncle bob's "the last programming language" keynote with this:
UPDATE: I was scanning the new this mor...
You Know Its Too Big When
I've complained about stackoverflow in the past and of course it's that time again. It reminds me of every conversation...
When They Go Big I Go Small
I've been bashing on Raspberry Pi and some SBC devices from time to time and from time to time I fall back in love.
Do Not Checkin TODO Comments
I'm in a particularly argumentative mood today.
> Uncle Bob has made the strong recommendation that TODO means TO-DONT...
My DSL is starting to make some geniune progress. I still need to clean the code but that's for later and maybe never.
I was watching one crazy video from uncle bob. He's a dynamic speaker and he knows how to connect with the audience. Bu...
A Function Should Do One Thing
watching uncle bob and he's talking about clean code. I read a number of books on the subject in the 80s and
Bluetooth Strikes Again, Sucks ASS
A couple of days ago I replaced my 16GB M2 drive with a 1TB device. My ASUS Chromebox puts the wifi and bluetooth tranc...
Pandemic Scale Technology Failure
Most companies do not have a disaster recovery (DR) plan and fewer have a pandemic plan. Granted this sort of thing
After All That Work
I have been working on a 500-line tcl interpreter built on golang. At first things seemed smooth sailing...
- then I d...
Golang Is Stupid
Today I find myself sighing with the stupidity that is golang. I appreciate that any new language has to have
a level o...
ChromeOS Hardware Upgrade
My desktop is a rock solid ASUS ChromeBox with 16GB RAM and 16GB storage. I recently tried to install
linux(beta) but I...
Simpler Is Better
I have been wondering why various vendors have been integrating Lua & tcl into their projects. Now it kinda makes sense...
PCI a New Business Idea
I wish this were a new business idea for me but it's not. Something like this would take the deepest of pockets and
Lua vs Tcl as a DSL
I'm not sure what I know any more about DSLs. There is something to be said about a syntax that
describes whatever you'...
Nim Not on Freebsd
This is just a quick note... Even though a nim package is profided in the FreeBSD ports... it does not officially suppo...
So Many Passwords So Little Time
I might have written on this subject before so this feels kinda deja vue but that's not going to stop me... and it'll b...
Zero Trust SD-Lan
When corporate america provides a VPN connection to it's employees they typically use some RBAC configuration to permit...
When the Hamiltonian Future Ends
There are a lot of ways that the promise of our future ends. Early on it was plague, then famine, dictators, self-desct...
What Is First When Money Is Tight
Ideally I want to sell my car and BUY a van-life style conversion van. I don't necessarily need to accomplish the van l...
What Is After Golang
I'm sad that the golang team is even entertaining [generics](https://blog.golang.org/generics-next-step?ref=codebldr). ...
Tiny Mini Micro Clusters
This [video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx4_QCX_khU) caught my attention because clusters are a favorite hobby.
YACC & Lex
Back in the day I used yacc and lex quite a bit. The benefit, even for config files, was that we could be assured that
Find the First Non Empty String
There is a common programming problem... you have some number of variables that may or may not have an empty string or
I have been a fan of Picol for some time. It is a tcl-like interpreter written in 550 lines of C code. Similarly; the s...
Clear Linux Ipsec
One of the things I like about ClearLinux is that once the basic install
is complete and the first round of updates fin...
It's the eleven o'clock hour and I'm trying to get my desktop to work. Contrary to previous posts where I wanted, and s...