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We have huge opportunities for software in NZ. As it turns out, smaller teams of T-shaped people can do amazing things. Isn't that our national identity? People emigrating for a better life, applying skills and hard work? Can we get better at delivering software and outstrip agriculture in GDP?

Is there a difference here, with our traditionally smaller budgets than in Silicon Valley or London? What's actually better for delivering software and services to the world?

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We live on a corner section, and I mow a lot of lawns. Not just ours, but the berm on the 2 streets of the corner. There’s so much grass that I’ve given up on mowing with a catcher: I’d rather not have garden waste trucked off to be composted.

This activity gives me a lot of time to t...

Web analytics was a garish business before Google released their analytics service. I’ve spent a lot of time tinkering with log analyzers like Analog and AWStats to find...

What did I learn in 2020?

  • Humans are terrible at assessing risks
  • The things that we often take for granted are fragile
  • There’s a lot we can do away with

Most of the year, I was just relieved to be employed, and in the comparative safety of N...

… once they got done counting their money, marketing the spinoffs, soaking up the adulation of others in the hacker community, they all came to the realization that what made this place a success was not the collision-avoidance algorithms or the bouncer daemons or any of that ot...

In retrospect, I should have asked for a MacBook Pro when I joined my last employer. In fact, I ended up with a Windows 10 machine. This isn’t the worst thing in the world; one of my roles is to do some governance on our IT contractors, so I have an appetite for a certain amount of dogfood. ...

In the dark times (when businesses had offices, LANs and lunchrooms) it was quite common to see MS Access applications. Or FileMaker for the posh businesses. They’d be shared via SMB on the local network. Some of these networks didn’t run TCP/IP.

The hallmark of these Access apps was...

It turns out that this site is almost built using JAM Stack. There’s not much JavaScript or API usage, but it’s definitely Markup.

Deployment was on an NZ based hosting company; that felt right as a site based in NZ. However after a day poking AWS ...

Recently I found myself in the rare situation of needing to interview for a job ( spoiler: I got it). They asked for a technical test, so I made a thing.

Terra uses Packer and Terraform to build an AMI and deploy it. The only thing...

I’m evaluating a tool to help keep tabs on our AWS spend. One challenge is that they don’t yet support AWS Cost Allocation tags. I find these to be a godsend for working out who created AWS resources. So I agreed to whip up a quick lambda script to get the cost allocation tag and expose as ...

I’m very happy to be a member of a highly effective distributed team. We get things done, we look after each other, and enjoy doing what we do.

This team isn’t at my day job: it’s the DevOps Days NZ organisers. That team has delivered 2 of the 3 total DevOpsDays NZ conferences, and w...

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