Category: Fun

WinOps 2018 Recap

I’ve had the chance to re-visit WinOps London this year, meet a couple of old friends and make new ones – after all, a great event! 

I really enjoyed all of the talks and workshops I attended, but following topics somehow really stood out for me. (I am honestly looking forward for the videos being available on YouTube, so I can watch those talks for second time!)

SRE with Steven Murawski and Trond Hindenes

Negating releases is not a solution to face site reliability issues / incidents.

Steven Murawski

If it’s scary. You are not doing it right. Build robust systems: TRUST but VERIFY.

Trond Hindenes

Systems Reliability Engineering” really did feel like a “hipster buzzword” to me (sorry) .. UNTIL I attended those two talks, one from Steven Murawski and one from Trond Hindenes. Steven really gave some important insights in the why, Trond into the how of their experience with SRE in 2017/2018 and they presented some incredible results and numbers (achieved uptime, basically).

Docker with Elton Stoneman

Tearing down monolithic applications does not imply we have to do code changes.

Elton Stoneman

To be honest, I never really thought about the possibility of splitting a monilithic app into pieces without having to modify the existing code base. Although I think nobody will ever be on par with Elton in concern of “containerization speed / efficiency”, seeing how a DotNet 3.5 app is split up into a bunch of containers whilist no code changes are being carried out really is an experience. 

Chocolatey with Rob Reynolds

You can’t spell system automation without package management.

Rob Reynolds

In the last two years I’ve been lucky enough  see a couple of Rob’s talks and watch how Chocolatey matured and grew both as a tool, and as a company. The fluffy boss unicorn and dancing coworkers in Robs presentations have just been beat by the CCM (Chocolatey Central Management) live demo this time. I can’t wait for this feature to get out of it’s beta phase.

PowerShell with Chris Gardner

Pester is your friend.

Chris Gardner

Watching Chris talk about how you should be developing your PowerShell modules really reminded me of a couple of things I tend to forget when I’m down coding.

  • when you’ve got a bug, write testcase for that bug
  • AFTERWARDS, fix that bug!
  • create docs for each public, preferably also for each private function
  • make the docs available!

So that’s my writeup for WinOps LDN 2018. Despite revisiting some topics I kind of forgot about I was lucky enough to get some insights in how folks at other companies tackle problems I’m still facing in my daily work – got a couple of ideas for improvements too, so I’d say – a win 🙂

I’m building a PhotoBox

Finally I put up some time and started building a “PhotoBox” / “PhotoBooth”. Many thanks to my brother-in-law who’s skilled enough in handcraft to make this project possible without falling apart right away 🙂

The main goal of this project is to come up with an actual use case for one of my old Nikon D2x-cameras, that otherwise wouldn’t leave the shelf at all. Everything is build around the amazing SLR Booth android app – I’ve added a little Raspberry Pi spice (people using the booth should be able to download their pictures to their mobile phones for ~ 5 minutes after they’ve taken a picture).

Once I’m done with it and everything works as I expect it to, I’ll be sharing building instructions and the source-code for the RPi extension 🙂

What is the PhotoBox made of?

  • Wood
  • Screws
  • Metal Coupler Pieces
  • Nikon D2x
  • Pixel C
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Canon Selphy Printer
  • Cables

“Schdraggl”

made-up word by flurl,  likeness to strugggle is not coincidental.

Everyone has Schdraggl, it’s always real, always understimated and commonly increases between 00:01am and 23:59pm.

Grammar

Schdraggl is both noun and verb. “schdraggl” is equivalent to “schdraggel”, there is no comparative form, the only valid superlative is a ‘deep schdraggl’ or ‘monster schdraggl’ (both semantically equivalent).

Sample Usage

“schdraggl”

– something is really getting on my nerves

“omg schdraggl”

– someone just said something really stupid

~ probably by Flurl

“… #schdraggl”

– I don’t want to do what I’m doing right now, but I have to

“uni schdraggl”

– something related to University is not going the way I want it to

~ probably by Fredl

“WWSD (What Would Schdraggl Do)”

– What is the worst thing that could happen right now.
… don’t use this to often, it’s going to happen!

~ Flurl

“make schdraggl great again”

– everyone just needs a wristband with that slogan.

~ Flurl

“schdraggel is always bigger”

– you think it’s bad? HA! it’s going to be even worse later on.

~ Nico

“schdraggel”

– you know you’re about to do something really stupid, but cannot change it.
– your schdraggl is getting bigger after you’ve done it
– and even more so three weeks after.

~ Nico

… more uses will be added to the list as they occur and if they funny enough in my opinion 🙂