Richard Bucker

Recent posts

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...
May 23, 2019
Lightest tarp tent possible I constantly refer to <i style="font-weight: bold;">super ultralight (SUL)</i>&nbsp;as the race to the most expensive g...
May 21, 2019
container root account misconfigurations I did not read the article titled "Root account misconfigurations found in 20% of top 1,000 Docker containers | ZDNet" ...
May 20, 2019
tarp setup - are linelocks necessary I like tarp camping for a lot of reasons and while I've hiked only a few hundred miles total it's still something I asp...
May 20, 2019
One Stop Shopping As I was tripping over my abundance of day packs and being frustrated that my new sleeping pad did not fit in my day pa...
May 18, 2019
words are important Ever since Trump uttered his first words he has been a liar and ever since he took office people have been trying to te...
May 17, 2019
and the dish ran away with the spoon The only time I ever liked a spork was when I was in high school. When I was deciding on my first utensil I decided to ...
May 17, 2019
Reading List MOVED <div>Many of these are dead tree books that I still possess. &nbsp;The rest have been recycled and some are now digital...
May 17, 2019
pfSense vs OPNsense: a professional viewpoint I've read the articles and I've listened to the executives and while the origin story suggests that there are more alik...
May 17, 2019
disturbing quote of the day Kubernetes seems to be taking the intellectual lead as devs and managers search for the latest buzz word soup to sell t...
May 15, 2019
I see the light Do you prefer rechargeable or one-time use batteries when hiking?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;...
May 15, 2019
hiking gear reviews It's interesting to see the before and after gear reviews; especially when you watch the actual hikers struggle in the ...
May 13, 2019
Day Packs I have a number of packs that the industry refers to as <i style="font-weight: bold;">Day Packs</i>. These are seemingl...
May 11, 2019
protect your food My hiking as been limited to the Florida trails close to my home.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;...
May 10, 2019
PWA - google said what? I/O 2019 is going on or maybe has just closed and so the content is starting to popup on my google cards. PWA? <u>Progr...
May 2, 2019
penetration testing I want to make sure my home network is secure from both the outside in and the inside out. Are there any trustworthy to...
May 1, 2019
Kubernetes vx Docker (FAIL) <span style="background-color: white; color: #0a0a0a; font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; white-spa...
Apr 30, 2019
The best and worst programming languages of 2019 Every few days there is a post on my Google stream that says "best programming languages for 2019"..."worst...", "top 1...
Apr 26, 2019
Blankets Do you really need a sleeping bag when you are hiking or camping in Florida? That's a tougher question than you would t...
Apr 22, 2019
Advice for new car purchase... If you're having trouble with a new car sale and you happen to get to the GM and he or she makes a statement like....<b...
Apr 12, 2019
ATT good news bad news It seems that it is well documented that ATT has managed to screw up their Pace Pic model 5268AC with the firmware vers...
Apr 2, 2019
Edgerouter IPSec Split Tunneling <b><u>Background</u></b><br /><br />You have a sever/network behind a Ubiquiti Edgerouter configured to be an IPSec ser...
Apr 1, 2019
Ubiquiti Edgerouter or Netgate pfSense The average home user should just use the ISPs defacto services. The price is typically reasonable including warranty a...
Mar 31, 2019
networking note Running public servers in the home network is a pain in the ass. One thing for certain is that it's best to use a comme...
Mar 25, 2019
Skype still sucks I'm just not sure if Microsoft is doing this because they want to compete with ChromsOS. Frankly I'm trying to push my ...
Mar 22, 2019
Ubiquiti <div style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">A few days ago I was gonna wr...
Mar 22, 2019
Netgear Prosafe where art thou <blockquote class="tr_bq">"<span style="background-color: white; color: #7d706c; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-se...
Mar 21, 2019
ATT 1Gbps says what? I'm a professional programmer so I need a little more from my Internet connection than the average user. The average us...
Mar 19, 2019
ESXi to rule them all QUESTION: Should there be a ESXi or ESXi-type layer between your installed OS(s) and the hardware? The reason for the q...
Mar 16, 2019
grrr hotspots I'm trying to get some work done with my hotspot but I also connected my kids iPads and they could easily use all of th...
Mar 15, 2019
golang and fossil Here I am tethered to my phone because my ISP has failed. The challenge I face is that all of my development hardware i...
Mar 14, 2019
TPLink - TL-SG108E My GS108E and mt SG108E are unreliable as bandwidth goes. At one time I was able to get 1Gbps but then I replaced some ...
Mar 11, 2019
speedtest Someone needs to explain performance robbing components in the home network! What is particularly strange is that there...
Feb 28, 2019
In a Box Assembling a s*** ton of applications from any number of 3td party vendors into a single domain under&nbsp; single sign...
Feb 22, 2019
Klymit blanket or Sea to Summit Reactor Fleece Liner It's an interesting choice because each has it's PROs and CONs.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; t...
Feb 20, 2019
Who's watching? This week it was reported that @Google had manufactured a microphone in their @Nest alarm system without saying anythin...
Feb 19, 2019
big 3 under 5 pounds <span style="background-color: white; color: #0a0a0a; font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; white-spa...
Feb 15, 2019
STS hammock day 2 - where did the water come from A few weeks ago I got out of my hammock and there was a pool of water under the inflatable pad and I had no idea what t...
Feb 14, 2019
STS Hammock Tarp The <i>Sea To Summit - 5 sided hammock tarp</i> has an 11' ridgeline. The shape of the tarp provides maximum wind prote...