DevOps? Number 8 wire? What else?

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? Getting stuff done with smaller teams and less hierarchy? Can DevOps and other approaches help us 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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I’ve had an Infrastructure-as-Code repo since around 2005. That used to be Puppet code, and included config for bind, apache/nginx, dovecot IMAP, and postfix. There were a few years of apathy in which I hosted DNS elsewhere: this cascaded into all sorts of pain.

I’ve since pulled ne...

Static analysis tools help people write better software, by telling them how they goofed. SAST tools are the evolution of static analysis: tools that point out the security goofs in your code. No tool is perfect, or the ...

I’ve had a little time to clean up this website. There were a few issues:

  • The site still had stylesheets loading for Bulma, which I stopped using in favour of my own minimal CSS. I also had references to Bulma classes because the stylesheet was still there.
  • I hadn’t...

I’m currently working in the 5th venture funded organisation in my career. It’s almost 10 years since I started working with Neo4j: I was consulting for them around the 3rd quarter of 2011, and then joined full-time for the next few years. Here’s some idle thoughts around startups:

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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...

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