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Detectatron

I recently installed security cameras around my house which are doing an awesome job of recording all the events that take place around my house and grounds (generally of the feline variety). Unfortunately the motion capture tends to be overly trigger happy … Continue reading

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Fairfax’s Cloud Journey at Auckland AWS Summit 2016

I recently presented at the 2016 AWS Summit Auckland about Fairfax’s cloud journey as part of the business stream “Key Steps for Setting up your AWS Journey for Success” alongside two excellent Amazon engineers. It’s a bit different from my usual … Continue reading

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AWS Cost Control at Fairfax

Earlier this month I was invited to speak at the AWS Wellington User Group around how we’ve been handling cost control at Fairfax including our use of spot pricing. I’ve now processed the video and got a recording up online for … Continue reading

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How much swap should I use on my VM?

Lately a couple people have asked me about how much swap space is “right” for their servers – especially in the context of running low spec machines like AWS t2.nano/t2.micro or Digital Ocean boxes with low allocations like 1GB or 512MB … Continue reading

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The Proprietary Renaissance

noun, re·nais·sance often attributive \ˌre-nə-ˈsän(t)s, -ˈzän(t)s, -ˈsäⁿs, -ˈzäⁿs, ˈre-nə-ˌ, chiefly British ri-ˈnā-sən(t)s\ : a situation or period of time when there is a new interest in something that has not been popular in a long time : a period of … Continue reading

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Your cloud pricing isn’t webscale

Thankfully in 2015 most (but not all) proprietary software providers have moved away from the archaic ideology of software being licensed by the CPU core – a concept that reflected the value and importance of systems back when you were buying … Continue reading

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Puppet modules

I’m in the middle of doing a migration of my personal server infrastructure from a 2006-era colocation server onto modern cloud hosting providers. As part of this migration, I’m rebuilding everything properly using Puppet (use it heavily at work so it’s … Continue reading

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FreeBSD in the cloud

This weekend I was playing around with FreeBSD in order to add support to Pupistry. Although I generally use Linux exclusively, it’s fun to play around with other platforms now and then, bit like going on vacation. Plus building support … Continue reading

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Recovering SW RAID with Ubuntu on Amazon AWS

Amazon’s AWS cloud service is a very popular and generally mature offering, but it does have it’s issues at times – in particular it’s storage options and limited debug facilities. When using AWS, you have three main storage options for … Continue reading

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Adventures in I/O Hell

Earlier this year I had a disk fail in my NZ-based file & VM server. This isn’t something unexpected, the server has 12x hard disks, which are over 2 years old, some failures are to be expected over time. I … Continue reading

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