You can’t spell Twingle without “win”

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You can’t spell Windows without “win” either, and that’s what we’ve been working on recently. Regular readers will recall that we talked about tingle recently, a tool we developed to automate linux package updates. That’s not worth much on its own, which is why we also discussed integrating it with our other systems. The end […]

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A stronger tingling sensation

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If you’re just joining us, you should probably have a quick read of the previous post in which I talked about tingle, a tool to help you think less when it comes to installing package updates. Now that we have a tool to make updates quick and easy, we need to use it. The critical […]

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That tingling sensation

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This is the first post of a two-part set. We’re talking about keeping your system up to date, specifically Linux ones. Maybe you religiously check for updates and apply them every Monday. Maybe you’re a bit perverse and start your morning with a black coffee and a quick emerge world. Or maybe you’re lazy (like […]

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AUTOMATE ALL THE THINGS!

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You can’t walk two metres down the street without someone going on about how cool and hip “The Cloud” is these days, being able to spin up hundreds of identical Linux VMs easily. Tools to build and configure lots of identical systems or VMs are plentiful. But what if there is no “standard build” or […]

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The Automation Waltz

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When you have a bunch of machines involved in a process, you need to ensure that various stages in this process have executed. If the target host is unavailable, you want a guarantee that the job will execute when the host becomes available again.  This is well beyond the capabilities of ssh in a for-loop. […]

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Bringing the Mountain to Mohamed

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I have never in my life been asked, “How do porcupines make love?”. However, I know the answer very well: “very carefully”. In the same vein, when migrating the mass of data that makes up Github, you take your time and you work very, very carefully. Since this sort of migration doesn’t happen every day, […]

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SaaS (Socks as a Service)

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http://www.blacksocks.com/ I came across this rather amusing company a little while ago. They’ve been around since before the turn of the millennium but I somehow hadn’t stumbled upon them until now. What with everything turning web2.0-ey nowadays, I’d say they’ve got themselves a nice little niche. In case you’re too busy to visit (or too […]

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