Have you seen/read The Martian?

What's so sad about the movie/book is that it is a reminder of what could have been.

Part of the premise is that after the Apollo program, the U.S. continued their plans for landing on Mars. Such plans were dropped for the less ambitious Shuttle program.

Think about it. In most science fiction the science is unbelievable. In The Martian, the science was pretty darn accurate and the unbelievable part is that U.S. politicians had the audacity to continue NASA's funding level.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Rants

Episode 11 of LISA Conversations is Russell Pavlicek, who presented Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel at LISA '15.

You won't want to miss this!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in LISA Conversations

Today (Tuesday, June 28, 2016) we'll be recording episode #11 of LISA Conversations. Join the Google Hangout and submit questions live via this link.

Our guest will be Russell Pavlicek. We'll be discussing his talk Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel from LISA '15.

  • The video we'll be discussing:

    • Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel
    • Russell Pavlicek
    • Recorded at LISA '15
    • Talk Description
  • Watch us record the episode live!

The recorded episode will be available shortly afterwards on YouTube.

You won't want to miss this!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in LISA Conversations

This weekend is a good time to watch the video we'll be discussing on the next episode of LISA conversations: Russell Pavlicek's talk from LISA '15 titled Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel.

  • Homework: Watch his talk ahead of time.

Then you'll be prepared when we record the episode on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. PT. Register (optional) and watch via this link. Watching live makes it possible to participate in the Q&A.

The recorded episode will be available shortly afterwards on YouTube.

You won't want to miss this!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in LISA Conversations

Don't miss Velocity NYC, Sept 20-22. There are a lot of great talks scheduled... including one that I'll be giving!

You can save 20% off registration! Please use this link and then use code AFF20.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in VelocityConf

I'm excited to announce that I'll be speaking at Velocity NYC and (for the first time) at PuppetConf!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

Our next guest will be Russell Pavlicek. We'll be discussing his talk from LISA '15 titled Unleashing the Power of the Unikernel.

Watch live! We'll be recording the episode on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. PT. Particpate in the live Q&A by submitting your questions during the broadcast. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. Register and/or watch via this link.

  • Homework: Watch his talk ahead of time.

  • Watch us record the podcast live!

The recorded episode will be available shortly afterwards on YouTube.

You won't want to miss this!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in LISA Conversations

Two meetings this month. Both at different times and locations. Be sure to show up at the right time and place!

and

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in CommunityNYC

Episode 10 of LISA Conversations is Clay Caviness and Edward Eigerman, who presented Managing Macs at Google Scale at LISA '13.

You won't want to miss this!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in LISA Conversations

Imagine if job advertisements were completely honest. Most companies advertising for IT workers would state that the job is mostly great except for twice a year when ``hell month'' arrives and everyone scrambles to deploy the new release of some major software system. This month is so full of stress, fear, and blame that it makes you hate your employer, your job, and your life. Oh, and by the way, the software releases are often late, so you can't predict which month will be hell month. As a result, you can't schedule any kind of vacation. Without time off to relax, stress builds and makes your life even worse.

Sadly, at many companies hell month is every month.

A company that adopts the DevOps principles is different. A rapid release environment deploys upgrades to production weekly, daily or more often. It is not a stressful event. It is just another day. There is no fear of an upcoming hell month.

Launching new software releases at Stackoverflow.com is fully automated and self-service. The developers do it. SRE is only involved for special cases. The SRE team can therefore focus on writing tools to improve operations and so on.

Imagine if an auto manufacturer's employees spent most of their time assembling cars but when a car actually left the factory it was a fearful, stressful, month of hell. It would be unacceptable to run a car company that way. It should be unacceptable to manage technology that way too.

Adopting DevOps techniques is not just better for the company it is better for you. Over time more and more companies will adopt these techniques not just because it is better for their bottom line, but because they will find it impossible to recruit and hire technical talent.

Who would want to work anywhere else?

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in DevOps

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