The Case for Containers


3 mins

You may have walked away from my last post with the impression that I don’t want to use containers. Today’s post addresses that - Containers increase developer productivity & reduce or eliminate environment drift through the release promotion cycle That’s not meant to sound like consultant doubletalk, but it does. Here’s what I mean: Speed & Agility When a dev team takes the upfront time to settle on a single toolchain & set of supporting processes, this can often (always?

Simplicity vs Complexity


3 mins

I just read another post (which read as a thinly disquised advertisement) discussing how great kubernetes (k8s) is, even though it’s difficult to implement and virtually impossible to use without a ton of custom development, and probably even then a consultancy should be engaged to get it right. Umm… isn’t a framework supposed to reduce complexity? Let’s get some disclosures out of the way: I’ve met all & socialized with one of the original k8s authors.

Where I’m Investing


2 mins

I had an exchange on twitter yesterday about investment bias with my friend Eric Norlin. Eric started and runs the Glue conference series and has also been a seed investor for the past nine years. It seems like only yesterday that he told me on one of our calls that he was starting a fund… time flies. Anyway - he stated that he’s constantly examining his own bias with regard to new investment opportunities.

Modeling


2 mins

I model stuff all the time. Usually at my desk, often while I’m out walking & nearly every time I’m out on the moto. I think through a problem I’m trying to solve or a thing I want created & mentally interate approaches followed by actual coding. (I’ve actually coded on the bike a couple times using my now-private voice-to-text service… that was wild) The past few days I’ve rapidly progressed through a series of approaches to the user interface (UI) & user experience (UX) that I want for a filesharing service I developed.

Base64


3 mins

Base64-encoding images for use in web pages has been around for a while. Conventional wisdom stated that images should be encoded as base64 text for inline use in html for two primary reasons: reduce the number of http requests in a single page improve the performance of the page by reducing page load time There’s no disputing - at all - that inlining the encoding of an image in the img tag eliminates the additional page load of a real image.