Apple’s Convergence

There’s this craving out there in the industry. Imagine walking around with super powerful device inside your pocket. You can do all sorts of cool things on it like browsing the Internet, taking amazing pictures, listening to the music, downloading apps, documents and what not. Not that hard to imagine these days, most of the […]

Farewell Joyent Public Cloud →

I was working for at&t when I first learned about SmartOS. Reason was simple, I’ve been in UNIX/Solaris team so I was more in “this world” back then. I found the concept of this new OS fascinating and it was additionally sprinkled by Bryan Cantrill’s amazing lightning talk. It’s one of those moments when I […]

ZFS 0.8.0 →

My first encounter of ZFS happened on Solaris 10 running on some SPARC box. It felt very refreshing after SVM or, goodness me, VxVM. I became a fan instantly as the overall simplicity in administration and promise of reliability were nowhere else to be found. Throughout the years I’ve been playing with it mainly on […]

Ansible 2.8.0 →

On 16th of May new major release of Ansible has landed. For a very long time I was a proponent and happy user of SaltStack. I still have a soft spot for it and some formulas lying here and there. At some point, however, I gave Ansible a chance and, while it was not exactly […]

NGINX Extended

UPDATE (26/04/2019): this post has been updated to include latest changes made to the project. You can jump directly to it here → I was lucky enough that in relatively early time in my career I bet on NGINX as my default HTTP server and essentially never looked back. Sure enough, I started with using […]

Multipass 0.6.0 →

There are so many ways these days to start a local VM on the Mac that adding yet another one seems insane. And yet, Multipass from Canonical appeals to me the most. Especially when it’s just a quick check that I need to make — it’s as simple as two commands and voilà, it’s working […]

Rsyslog to Elasticsearch

Last time I mentioned that I was working on a central syslog. Part of the task was also possibility to easily go through the logs, preferably with some filtering and what not. ELK-stack is usually the first thing mentioned as a potential solution. Essentially the goal is to land your logs in Elasticsearch. The problem […]

Grafana 6.0.0 →

Grafana is one of my favourite Open Source software of all time. I’ve been using it for years and am thrilled to see yet another great major release. I’m really looking forward to put my hands on all new workflow called Explore. Currently it integrates with Loki, but support for Elasticsearch is already on the […]

Franz 5.0.0 →

Franz is one of the first apps I install on a fresh Mac. Single window to handle pretty much any kind of communication service one can think of is superb. Best part that it’s also cross-platform. 5.0.0 is a major release after years of development and 24 beta pre-releases (sic!).

Nginx logging to syslog

Recently I’ve been tasked with creating a central syslog server. These are very useful when one maintain couple of boxes (or couple hundred and more) as it can provide a single point of checking out on what’s up with the machines. If it’s combined properly with metrics it serves as a super-boosting way of maintaining […]