Back Your Stuff Up - 2019-05-18 00:00:00

Just a friendly reminder: Keep backups of all your important files. Hard disks can fail any time. My personal recommendations on this topic: Use Google, OneDrive, Dropbox or equivalent for your day-to-day files Restic is a great tool for backing data up Use a service like Backblaze to backup online

Understanding Kubernetes (K8s Part 2) - 2019-04-30 00:00:00

This is the second article in a series I plan to write about my experience learning and using Kubernetes. In the previous post I talked about why I wanted to use Kubernetes. In this post I will go over the main concepts of Kubernetes. Summary If you don’t have time to read the entire article, here are the most important things to know. Key Components of Kubernetes: Node: A machine (or VPS) in your cluster Pod: One or more containers that run together ReplicaSet: Manages multiple pods and controls concurrency/redundancy Deployment: Manages deploying new versions of pod by spinning ReplicaSets up and down Service: Routes communication between pods Ingress: Routes requests from the outside world into your cluster Secret: Manages secrets that are deployed to pods Important concepts:

Migrating to a Static Site: Three Approaches - 2019-04-25 00:00:00

In this post I explain how I converted three sites from PHP/MySQL into statically served sites. Each of these sites was converted using a different approach. Intro I recently got interested in statically generated sites after hearing about Hugo. I started with moving this blog over from WordPress. Once I got that done and felt more comfortable with the idea, I decided two more of my sites would also be better run statically.

Kubernetes (Part 1) - 2019-04-09 00:00:00

I’ve been using Docker for a couple of years now, but only for running local development environments. That on its own is a great way to use it. With a simple "docker run" or "docker-compose up" you can have a project running locally without installing any prerequisites on your machine. It’s amazing how quickly technology advances. A few years ago, I wouldn’t have believed that you could run a WordPress site locally without installing nginx, php and mariadb (or Xampp).

Selecting a Docker Registry - 2019-03-17 16:18:40

When I started playing with Kubernetes a few months ago, there was one question that didn’t seem to have a clear answer: Where do I store the images that will be running in Kubernetes? Most of the documentation and examples are for deploying ready-made services like nginx or MariaDB. The services tend to be open source with images publicly available on Docker Hub. But sooner or later you’re going to want to build a custom image and deploy it.

Welcome to Hugo! - 2019-03-09 14:58:10

Welcome to my redesigned blog! I started this site a few years ago using WordPress. It was the natural choice since I worked for a company built around that ecosystem. A few weeks ago I decided to move my site away from WordPress. This new site is built using Hugo, which is a big change from WordPress. Hugo vs WordPress Hugo is a static site generator (SSG). Similar to WordPress, you have a theme that defines the overall look of your site and content that gets embedded in that layout.