When possible, do things the "Unixy" way
There should be a way to tell the service not to accept more work
... and a way to tell it to come back online.
Where possible, there should be a "dry run" mode
There should be a way to evict a node from …
Books! January 2016 edition
The Philosopher Kings, by Jo Walton. A sequel to The Just City, in which Jo Walton explores a society dedicated to enacting Plato's Republic. Very good read, and it explores a few interesting varients of the Republic idea, but it spends a bit more time than I'd like …
A few goals for 2016
I'm not sure I'd like to call them "resolutions", but here are a few of the things I'm planning to work on in 2016.
- Improve my skills with Python and Go
I've been using Python and Go for most of my projects lately, whether at work or for fun, and …read more
Whenever sysadmins get together, I've noticed we often end up trading interesting tools and tricks that others may not have heard of. There is just so much out there that you can't know about every available tool, so it's always fun to hear what others are using. In that spirit …read more
Recommended links for 2015-11-28
Here are some of the interesting things I've read recently on the Web.
A Certain Tendency Of The Database Community
Interesting article from Christopher Meiklejohn arguing for eventually-consistent datastores as a better representation of how data exists in the real world than datastores that enforce global consistency. Worth the read …
Recommended links for 2015-11-06
What should an educated person know of science?
Cheryl Rofer asked a thought-provoking question on Twitter today:
Okay, Twitter: What should an educated person know of science? I know my followers are going to skew sciency, so I'd appreciate if you'd RT.— Cheryl Rofer (@cherylrofer) July 25, 2015
While she's already gotten a ton of good …read more
Linkdump for 2015-07-14
I don't make these posts to claim they're the "best links from the past week" or anything like that. So instead, let's just say they're some of the more interesting links I've read recently enough to want to post them. :)
Top picksread more
Recent favorite SALT talks
Apropos of my comments about The Clock of the Long Now in the recent reading post, here are a few of my recent favorites from the Long Now Foundation's Seminars about Long-Term Thinking:
- Neil Gaiman: How stories last
- Beth Shapiro: How to clong a mammoth
- David Keith: Patient Geoengineering
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