Hello world! (for the 3rd time)

Hope you enjoyed Commodity, and Cyberpunk as a Commodity before that, plus a number of personal blogs that thankfully are now presumed lost. Welcome back!

Conference review: Distributed Matters Berlin 2015

“Kept you waiting, huh?” – to start the post with a pop culture reference. Yesterday, I was privileged enough to attend Distributed Matters Berlin 2015. The focus of the conference is, you guessed it, distributed systems, often within a NoSQL context. It was hosted at the awesome KulturBrauerei, a refurbished brewery. The format of the… Continue reading Conference review: Distributed Matters Berlin 2015

Book Review: PostgreSQL Replication

So for my series of System Engineering books, I will proceed with a short review of PostgreSQL Replication by Packt. The reason this book came to be a part of my collection is that while there is a lot of information regarding PostgreSQL replication out there, a lot of it is out of date, given… Continue reading Book Review: PostgreSQL Replication

Book Review: Web Operations: Keeping the Data on Time

For my kickoff of systems engineering book reviews I have chosen this book. While not being technical in the strict sense of the term (if you are looking for code snippets or ready-to-use architecture ideas, look elsewhere), this collection of 17 essays provides a birds-eye view of the relatively new principle of Web Operations. As… Continue reading Book Review: Web Operations: Keeping the Data on Time

P For Paranoia OR a quick way of overwriting a partition with random-like data

(General Surgeon’s warning: The following post contains doses of paranoia which might exceed your recommended daily dosage. Fnord!). A lot of the data sanitisation literature around advises overwriting partitions with random data (btw, SANS Institute research claims that even a pass with /dev/zero is enough to stop MFM but YPMV). So leaving Guttman-like techniques aside,… Continue reading P For Paranoia OR a quick way of overwriting a partition with random-like data