Logging and events

Lets talk about logging.

Homelab: A prelude

Many moons ago at work, I started working on some performance evaluation. Work mainly uses cloud hosting; quite a change from my previous experience at Twitter where we ran a Xe6 scale fleet of our own servers.

Shelving; Building a Datalog for fun! and profit?

This post is my speaker notes from my May 3 SF Clojure talk (video) on building Shelving, a toy Datalog implementation

Docs Sketches

At present I'm working on developing Shelving, a clojure.spec(.alpha) driven storage layer with a Datalog subset query language. Ultimately, I want it to be an appropriate storage and query system for other project of mine like Stacks and another major version of Grimoire.

Arch Package Transaction Log Fun

Those of you following me on twitter have probably seen me kibitzing about my development environment having been utterly destroyed by an Arch Linux package upgrade in the last ~24h.

Architecture and Microarchitecture

From a recent paper review I wrote -

牛: How static is enough?

Ox has been and will continue to be a long-haul project in part because it's a dumping ground of ideas for me, and in part because I don't desperately need it. There's plenty of bad in the software industry, but I'm able to swing the hammers that already exist. Ox isn't so much a hammer as it is an exercise in the ongoing search for what a better hammer would be.

Intermediate Abstraction

This talk was presented at the Bay Area Clojure meetup, hosted by Funding Circle. These notes are presented here with thanks to the organizers and attendees.

Techwriting 101

At Twitter we have regular employee training courses on a number of subjects. These are my notes from our class on writing technical documentation for developers.

Chowderheads [2004]

Volker Armin Hemmann wrote:

if we are talking about people who are only able to install gentoo because of an automated, graphical installer, then we will get: a lot more 'bug reports' that are not ones. a lot more really really stupid questions (I wait for the day, someone asks, where he can find the gentoo-homepage), and no new developers (but a lot more work for the existing ones).

One might also imagine we'd get less questions on actually installing Gentoo and more on doing stuff with it. There I go again with my tricky logic.

All successful and useful projects get new people. It's a fact of life and frankly if you aren't, you're doing something wrong. That holds true from the Gentoo project to the Roman Empire. If you can not integrate new people successfully into your organization, it will fail.

Gentoo has in fact from the very start been about making things easier. Easier to pick the packages you want, easier to upgrade, easier to custom build packages, easier to update etc files, etc. Gentoo has even gone out of its way to make better how-tos and is known in the Linux community at large for having just about the most useful and friendly forums.

Gentoo can either continue extending the infrastructure to support the people being attracted to a damn useful distro. Or clowns like you can attempt to keep Gentoo all to yourself with Jim Crow style exclusionary tactics.