Buying A Used Thinkpad T470s

I’ve generally been a desktop guy for most of my life, but since unboxing a X1 Carbon (pictured left) from work last year, I’ve been falling in love with Thinkpads. I’d had an X230 back around 2011 which was a great piece of hardware, ran Linux like a dream, but it was relatively thick and heavy with a very dim display. I ended up going back to a desktop workstation for it’s replacement....

February 17, 2020

Becoming Less Reliant on Google: Location, Browser, Search

One of my new year’s resolutions is to be less reliant on Google by this time next year. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, I’m sure many others do as well once we realize what’s involved and why those services are free. However it requires time, maybe in some cases money, and most of all a loss of functionality because there’s no denying Google builds great stuff. In the end I’m generally just complacent and end up accempting the warm embrace of slick free services harvesting every possible detail about me to power advertising....

January 4, 2020

Resurfacing

Two years since a post here is pretty abysmal. Not so coincidentally my last post was just around the time I was asked to lead a new OpenShift team being formed to build a project that would power OpenShift Dedicated, our managed Kubernetes offering at Red Hat. Our project was intended to provide an API to drive the provisioning/deprovisioning/reshaping of OpenShift clusters. Originally it was called Cluster Operator and essentially wrapped the Ansible playbooks we used for everything in OpenShift 3....

November 17, 2019

Experimenting with a Personal Fedora Atomic and OpenShift Origin Server

Last weekend I decided to play around with my old workstation that’s just been sitting around powered off for years now, mostly replaced by a RaspBerry Pi3 which handles most of my home network and storage. The workstation is from around 2009, isn’t particularly fast but has 6GB of RAM and doesn’t consume much power if you yank the video card. I have a small Rails 4 app running as a backend for one of my Android pet projects, and thought it might be fun to repurpose this machine to host it on OpenShift....

September 17, 2017

Fedora, Vagrant, Libvirt, and Functional DNS

For my work on OpenShift I wanted a way to use my local workstation as a test cluster with vms for a master and multiple nodes. Ideally it would be possible to quickly teardown and rebuild the whole cluster, but I also want reliable hostnames (and IPs) across each rebuild. This post outlines a way to do this with Fedora (25 as of writing) and Vagrant. The key to getting Fedora configured such that the hostnames and DNS will work is this post by Dominic Cleal....

June 14, 2017