DevOps for NZ.

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?

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… 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...

We’re a long way from anywhere in New Zealand, exception for Australia or Fiji. There’s a lot more conferences outside of our region. Travelling 12 hours or more is hard.

When I started travelling long distances I wasn’t very good at it, so I thought I’d share what I learned the hard ...

I’m a huge AWS fan, but I have some reservations about using it for this site:

  • It’s an NZ site: I don’t expect there to be an NZ region for quite some time

  • It’s fine to use the bells and whistles like AWS Cert Manager and ELB. At some point you...

So after my gushing post about the wonders of Snap, ThoughtWorks shut it down. The official, off the record line was that they didn’t have the user engagement numbers to justify the development efforts. I can als...

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