another man's ramblings on code and tech

Backing Up a Flat-File Blog


We've all run into backup problems in our personal lives. Lost photos due to shares expiring, corrupt Word docs on old pen drives, and of course the occasional data loss with our favourite services. The worst I've encountered was losing this blog's database a couple years back (when it was on WordP...

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Date: January 9th at 7:43am

Remembering Meltdown and Spectre


Ahh, we’re already almost halfway into 2019. How time flies. Thinking about last year made me remember, that around this time, we had just received poorly performing OS patches for Spectre and Meltdown. At the time that the patches hit my desktop machine I recall Firefox slowed a little more than...

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Date: May 2nd at 8:28am

Jobs in Kubernetes


Unfortunately for any potential job seekers that ended up here, Jobs in the Kubernetes (k8s) context are a type of controller (like a deployment) that allows for running only a certain number of containers until a certain threshold of runs has been reached. This differentiates it from the other...

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Date: April 9th at 12:40pm

IBM Cloud DevOps Course: A short review


In January I was lucky enough at my work to be given a voucher to join in on an IBM Cloud DevOps course. It was a week long course with virtual lectures and labs intended to get students up to speed on using IBM Cloud’s tools and pipelines. In hindsight, it was definitely a mixed bag. Between ou...

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Date: April 3rd at 7:40am

Is Reddit's Upvote Button Orange or Red?


Last week a meme took over Reddit asking whether the upvote button was red or orange. Yes, it’s a dumb meme designed to suck up upvotes. It seemed like most people considered it orange, but I saw it as more of a red. So, I decided to evaluate the “redness” or “orangeness” of the colour f...

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Date: March 20th at 4:52pm