A Pi cluster parts list

Previously, I talked about some limitations of building RPi clusters generally.

Notes from building Raspberry Pi clusters

A while ago I got it into my head to put a Raspberry Pi cluster together.

More precious than silver

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately on the last project I shipped - what went well, and what didn’t. A while back I tweeted out some halfbaked thoughts. One of which was a reflection that while the entire engineering organization beyond my team was using a tremendously powerful toolset, we still got bogged down.

[2016] Breaking changes considered essential

Version numbers are hard. We as programmers are awful about tracking what constitutes a breaking change compared to what constitutes an invisible bugfix. From a formal semantics perspective, there is no such thing as a bug and every “bugfix” is strictly speaking a breaking change. And yet this notion of “fixing” behavior “broken” by shoddy implementations is central to modern notions of libraries, dependency management and deployment. I’ve previously written about versioning, its semantics and some theories about how we could do it better.

Test post

sorry goose

Automated Publishing with Jekyll

This post is somewhat meta - as it concerns a whole bunch of the automation by which I go about writing on this blog.

Homelab: Inventory

Previously, I talked at some length about the slightly heinous yet industrial grade monitoring and PDU automation solution I deployed to keep my three so called modes - ethos, logos and pathos - from locking up for good by simply hard resetting them when remote monitoring detected an incident. That post (somewhat deliberately I admit) had some pretty gaping holes around configuration management for the restart script. The restart script is handwritten and hand-configured. It has no awareness of the Ansible inventory I introduced in my fist Ansible post - which captures much of the same information. Why the duplication?

Homelab: A PDU arrives

In my first homelab post, I mentioned that I chose the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 processor to run my compute nodes. Unfortunately, the Ryzen series is vulnerable to random soft locks which doesn’t seem to have a workaround other than “don’t let them idle”, and I neglected to do my do-diligence when I purchase this hardware platform because I trusted @cemerick who owns a whole stack of nearly identical boxes.

Homelab: Internal DNS

Previously, I looked at using Ansible and Ansible’s inventory capabilities to begin managing services and configuration on my homelab.

Homelab: Ansible

Previously, I wrote about the process by which I bootstrapped Arch Linux onto the nodes of my Homelab. Just running Linux is hardly interesting - millions of computers do that every day. The real trick is going from bare Linux installs to deployed services, which requires managing the configuration and state of the servers. In this post, I’m gonna introduce some basic concepts from Ansible, and point out some stuff I wish I’d known starting off.