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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How much did our household spend on power last year? I wish I had an app that would parse all my bank statements and tell me what it costs just to stay alive, but my bank doesn’t do integrations well. In fact, given that my power company sunset their consumer API, things seem to be even less ...

I’ve been avoiding unnecessary outings because of COVID cases in our household. This is a perfect opportunity to do some research. I’ve done plenty with Docker: I’ve found it great for externalizing dependencies in development environments. I have also done security work around the edges of <...

OK, the real saying is the fish rots from the head down: if your CEO allows awful behaviours to happen at work without intervention, then they should take the blame when those behaviours become normalised in the organisation that they r...

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...

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