• Global DevOps Bootcamp 2019

    Yesterday (Saturday 15th) was the 3rd Global DevOps Bootcamp we’ve run in Adelaide.

    Selfie Using the great facilities of the University of South Australia, a bunch of people gathered to learning more about DevOps, and in particular this year on the ‘Run’ part of DevOps, including introducing the role of a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE).

    The day started off with a recorded introduction from international event organisers, then a keynote from Niall Murphy (Microsoft Ireland Director of Engineering for Azure Cloud Services and Site Reliability Engineering), followed by a local keynote delivered by me.


    After this people got into teams and worked through different challenges relating to a mythical online car-parts company that was experiencing all kinds of problems in production. Teams were encouraged to follow the pattern of ‘Detect, Respond and Recover’ - identifying the problem, putting in a quick fix to get the website back up and then implementing a long-term solution to prevent the problem from reoccurring.

    Team challenges

    The teams worked through the rest of the day, doing a great job on the challenges. The light-hearted video introductions to each challenge were a new thing this year and were a nice touch.

    All credit to Rene, Marcel, Mathias and their team of helpers who put all the content together and coordinated a massive global event together with Microsoft.

    Microsoft provided Subway for lunch and special thanks to my employer RLDatix who picked up the tab for fresh coffees for all attendees.

  • An Iced Vo Vo surprise

    Those who know me really well know that one of my favourite biscuits is Arnott’s Iced Vo Vos.

    Iced Vo Vos.jpg By Bilby - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

    I’m not sure why - I just really enjoy the combination of the sweet biscuit base with pink icing, coconut and jam. A winning combination.

    Recently Arnott’s have been looking to diversify their product range and I saw with interest that they now have Iced Vo Vo flavoured milk and Iced Vo Vo flavoured chocolate!

    Imagine my surprise when I got home from work this week to discover a block of the latter waiting for me on my bed (together with a clever Origami bow).

    Iced Vo Vo Chocolate My youngest daughter was hanging around and asked me to guess who got it for me..

    My wife? No

    My sister? No

    My friend Andrew? No

    I was stumped.

    It was later that night that my wife tipped me off that actually it had been my daughter all along who’d bought for me with her own money! What a beautiful (and yummy) gift!

  • Migrating from Blogger to Jekyll and GitHub Pages

    I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump the last few months. Partly because I’ve been particularly busy, but also I’ve been a bit frustrated with Blogger. I used Windows Live Writer (later Open Live Writer), but sadly after all the effort to make it open-source, the project has kind of floundered with no one apparently leading the project now.

    So what to do? Well maybe it’s time to move to a different platform. I’d see a few people with their blogs on GitHub, and after a bit of research I settled on using Jekyll with GitHub pages.

    How I migrated from Blogger

    I followed this useful checklist - https://thefriendlytester.co.uk/2017/07/blogger-to-jekyll-migration-timeline. Note that the jekyll-importer does not convert Blogger content to Markdown (that had me confused for a few hours).

    I stuck with the same URL format for posts, so that should mean no broken links.

    I made use of Windows Subsystem for Linux to run Jekyll locally (as I’d read it wasn’t so easy to get running natively on Windows). See below for more details of getting that all running.

    Update Cloudflare to point to flcdrg.github.io - https://blog.cloudflare.com/secure-and-fast-github-pages-with-cloudflare/

    Update FeedBurner settings to point to new source RSS feed.

    What I forgot

    I use dlvr.it to post to Twitter about new blog posts. I should have disabled that as it got confused by the change and thought I’d posted some new articles.

    Still to do

    The Blogger migration only copied text. Images are still living in their original locations. It would be good to migrate them over too.

    My old blog had a nice Archive/history listing. I’ve started looking at Jekyll equivalents, but not found one that’s similar yet.

    Getting Jekyll running on WSL

    sudo apt update
    sudo apt upgrade
    sudo apt install ruby
    sudo apt install ruby-dev
    sudo apt install make gcc
    sudo apt install g++
    sudo apt install zlibc
    sudo gem install pkg-config -v "~> 1.1"
    sudo apt install libxml2-dev
    sudo apt install libxslt-dev
    sudo gem install nokogiri -- --use-system-libraries
    sudo gem install jekyll-import
    sudo gem install jekyll

    With my locally cloned Git repo at C:\dev\git\flcdrg.github.io in Windows, in WSL I could change to the equivalent path at /mnt/c/dev/git/flcdrg.github.io, and then run jekyll server.

    Anything else?

    Let me know in the comments if something is broken that used to work!