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A first program in golang, with a short aside about Google

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:34:28 +0000

I have reached the point in my life where I needed to write my first program in golang. I pondered for a disturbingly long time what exactly to write, but then it came to me… Back in the day Google had an internal short URL service (think bit.ly, but for internal things). It was called … Continue reading A first program in golang, with a short aside about Google



etcd v2 and v3 data stores are separate

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 05:28:58 +0000

Just noting this because it wasted way more of my time that it should have… So you write an etcd app in a different language from your previous apps and it can’t see the data that the other apps wrote? Check the versions of your client libraries. The v2 and v3 data stores in etcd … Continue reading etcd v2 and v3 data stores are separate



pyconau 2018 call for proposals now open

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:31:09 +0000

The pyconau call for proposals is now open, and runs until 28 May. I took my teenagers to pyconau last year and they greatly enjoyed it. I hadn’t been to a pyconau in ages, and ended up really enjoying thinking about things from topic areas I don’t normally need to think about. I think expanding … Continue reading pyconau 2018 call for proposals now open



Caliban’s War

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 08:50:47 +0000

This is the second book in the Leviathan Wakes series by James SA Corey. Just as good as the first, this is a story about how much a father loves his daughter, moral choices, and politics — just as much as it is the continuation of the story arc around the alien visitor. I haven’t … Continue reading Caliban’s War



Art with condiments

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:54:21 +0000

Mr 15 just made me watch this video, its pretty awesome… You’re welcome.



City2Surf 2018

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:40:40 +0000

I registered for city2surf this morning, which will be the third time I’ve run in the event. In 2016 my employer sponsored a bunch of us to enter, and I ran the course in 86 minutes and 54 seconds. 2017 was a bit more exciting, because in hindsight I did the final part of my … Continue reading City2Surf 2018



On Selecting a Well Engaged Open Source Vendor

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 11:35:23 +0000

Aptira is in an interesting position in the Open Source market, because we don’t usually sell software. Instead, our customers come to us seeking assistance with deciding which OpenStack to use, or how to embed ONAP into their nationwide networks, or how to move their legacy networks to the software defined future. Therefore, our most common role is as a trusted … Continue reading On Selecting a Well Engaged Open Source Vendor



Hugo nominees for 2018

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:12:23 +0000

Lifehacker kindly pointed out that the Hugo nominees are out for 2018. They are: The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi. I’ve read this one and liked it. New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson. I’ve had a difficult time with Kim’s work in the past, but perhaps I’ll one day read this. Provenance, by Ann … Continue reading Hugo nominees for 2018



Escaping from blosxom

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:41:55 +0000

I’ve been running my personal blog on a very hacked version of blosxom for a hilariously long time, and its time to escape. I’ve therefore started converting all of the content to wordpress here, and will eventually redirect the old domain to here as well. Why blogging when its so 2000? I’m increasingly disinterested in … Continue reading Escaping from blosxom



I think I found a bug in python’s unittest.mock library

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:58:58 +0000

Mocking is a pretty common thing to do in unit tests covering OpenStack Nova code. Over the years we’ve used various mock libraries to do that, with the flavor de jour being unittest.mock. I must say that I strongly prefer unittest.mock to the old mox code we used to write, but I think I just … Continue reading I think I found a bug in python’s unittest.mock library