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...
Is There a Better Desktop
I really like my ChromeOS dekstop setup which I supplement with Google GStrute services, Linux and BSD servers. No secr...
Nimlang What Is in a Name
Frustrated trying to access an ODBC connection from within a 4-line Nim-Lang
piece of example code and wanting to find ...
A recent post on or by Linus Torvolds reads "[Linux] kernel maintainers are hard to find". Parsing that
at face value i...
Stupid Stupid Stupid
It's Monday morning and it's time to start thinking new thoughts. The morning started with
thoughts of Webassembly in m...
Cross Compiled Languages and Webassembly
Rust and Golang, among other languages, cross compile and run on the command line... so why
do we need webassembly? As ...
Next Development Environment
Being a ChromeOS user and programmer/consultant for many years I struggle with the state
of the art software developmen...
Anstle on Prem
I have both Synology DSM and VMware ESXi systems in my lab. I also serve some services from my lab like some personal s...
Golang Generics or Generate
I hate _generics_. I'm not sure how else to say it because it really does not add any real value and
of course the conv...
Asus Portable Hdmi Monitor
The ASUS MB16AMT portable HDMI monitor is pretty cool as first impressions go.
It arrived with 50% power in the battery...
Back in the day, circa 1980s, Borland started the `Turbo` language craze. Their languages and tools were
not overly com...
I still hate generics and I do not understand why devs think they need it. Java is already a run-everywhere
Connect Tcl to Sql Server
SQL Server is just no fun to connect to. Sure there are choices like the TDS protocol and ODBC API
the problem is that ...
Brown Out Disaster
About 90 minutes ago I had a brown out. And since I have been training myself to keep the lab lights out
I was not pay...
It's the Stack Stupid
In modern computing there are plenty of elegant models and at times so called experts wrap their arms and their wallets...
What on Earth is going on at Amazon? I gave a merchant a bad review because their product was junk! Two months later
Where's the VPN?
One of my clients is upping their security game. Basically if you cannot VPN into the system you're not
soing any work....
999999 Six Sigma
There is nothing Six Sigma about VLANs, lights out operation, with admin backhaul and combined logging.
Just ask a hac...
Who Likes Rust?
Stackoverflow like to think they can convert their metrics into fact. They are running an article
discussing why progra...
Pop!-os or Chromebook
This has been a week of learning. While I have been working on a new network installation
I also plugged into a new des...
Configuration as Code
About 10 years ago I was introduced to the concept of "configuration as code". In the years that followed
I've had some...
Ubiquiti UDM Gone Wrong
I'm about $1000 into a complete network rebuild. Initially my network was based on a different Ubiquiti product
Here is my chortlist why gitlab sucks:
- gitlab is built upon git... from the author git is complicated and hard and m...
Ubiquiti Unify or Edgemax
Some talking head described the [Ubiquiti](https://ui.com) product lines like this:
- Edgemax is for the ISP
- Unify i...
Nothing Better Than C
> "when I read C I know what the assembly language will look like" -- Linus Torvolds
I have said similar things becaus...
Pi 4 8GB
The new "Raspberry Pi 4 Model B - 8GB" is out. But what does it mean and what's it good for? I Dunno. Compared to an
State of The Art Development
Back in the day software development was pretty straight forward. You would buy an IDE from one of about a half
Iclever Folding Keyboard
- hinges seem weak and could fail and are kinda in the way
- little feetare anoying and not stable
- backlighting ...
Brydge C Type Keyboard
- I was having trouble with the spacebar ... somethings I'm willing to accept be this is a deal breaker as I'm hav...