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One flew over the CMS nest

Recently, I was looking for something simple for the more “corporate”-y side of web things. I tried some PHP based CMS. For looks and simplicity I decided to focus on one of the lesser known ones (i.e. not the workhorse that Drupal is). At first, I tried to setup SSL traffic between a managed MySQL… Continue reading One flew over the CMS nest

Adventures with Linux Outline Client and aws-iam-authenticator

Hi all, below is a small engineering puzzle that I had to solve recently. The essential components: a Linux Laptop (in my case, running the excellent ClearLinux distribution) aws-iam-authenticator Outline client (A shadowSocks client) The setup was the following. A Kubernetes cluster, a bastion host using Outline as the means to connect and access the… Continue reading Adventures with Linux Outline Client and aws-iam-authenticator

Book Review: Database Reliability Engineering – Designing and Operating Resilient Database Systems

Hello and welcome to yet another book review. Databases have been called the “killer application of IT” and it is true that in, almost any, computing environment today, one or more databases are in play. Having said that, in-depth knowledge of these database systems used to reside with the DBAs of an organization. Today, with… Continue reading Book Review: Database Reliability Engineering – Designing and Operating Resilient Database Systems

Charity Majors: Ο Χαρτης Δικαιωματων (και ευθυνων) του Μηχανικου

The following post was originally written by Charity Majors and is being translated into Greek with her permission. For the original post in English, click here. Additionally, I am NOT a professional translator so, while I did my best, feel free to drop me a line or a comment if something is mistranslated. With these… Continue reading Charity Majors: Ο Χαρτης Δικαιωματων (και ευθυνων) του Μηχανικου

Article Review: Containers will not fix your broken culture (and other hard truths)

First things first, if you do not know what is ACM Queue (or even worse, do not know what ACM is), click on the links provided. ACM relatively recently has reformed and now presents articles by industry experts, especially in the Queue magazine (you get an article from Queue with every Communications of the ACM… Continue reading Article Review: Containers will not fix your broken culture (and other hard truths)

Book Review: The Practice Of Cloud System Administration Volume 2 – Designing And Operating Large Distributed Systems

Hello everyone with another book review. This time, I will be reviewing a book that I consider a classic. As always, let’s start with the list of contents: Part I Design: Building it Designing in a distributed world Designing for Operations Selecting a Service Platform Application Architectures Design Patterns for Scaling Design Patterns for Resiliency… Continue reading Book Review: The Practice Of Cloud System Administration Volume 2 – Designing And Operating Large Distributed Systems

So you wanna be a programmer?

This (almost lost in time by now) article reflects my opinion towards the whole “Become an engineer in 3 months/weeks/whatever” bootcamps and whatnot. While the article has an infosec focus and the list of books is semi-outdated by now, you get the gist … PS. Obviously I am not ${tenex}

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