software engineering

Serf Single Config File

Shameless plug: I’ve recently posted a blog about Serf, a wonderful application orchestration tool from Hashicorp, and how you can start automatically bootstrapping your cluster.

In case you’re wondering about the featured image of a Tirimisu, it has nothing to do with this post and it was bloody delicious!


Raspberry Pi 2 [2/4] Installing Minibian & Minecraft

In this second instalment I will go through the thought process of installing my chosen OS, Minibian, and using it to setup a Minecraft server that can easily host 2-4 people. Also the different Minecraft server options are briefly explored such as Spigot, finally close some best practices I’ve discovered.

If you haven’t seen my first post I recommend reading it here to get some context – if you’re just here for the dirty details, read on!

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Raspberry Pi 2 [1/4]: Selecting an OS

This past weekend I’ve managed to get my hands on a Raspberry Pi 2; long story short I wanted to setup a Minecraft server that would keep running at home to avoid depending on my Macbook, and this was an extremely affordable and, as it turns out, capable little system. After being a Dev turned DevOps at work I used the skills I’ve learned to easily get it running and make my decisions, but others might not be so fortunate. In this short four part series I will go through selecting an OS, getting Minecraft up and running, automated world backups and finally how to get a retro gaming rig going.

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Swala – Swift & Scala

After experiencing both Swift and Scala for a substantial enough period of time to get a feel for them, in that order, I’d like to share my thoughts about them. Not because my thoughts are ridiculously original – however – they may give you some insight into the languages and what it’s like to work with them on their own. Or together in a cross-functional manner (if you’re into that thing). I’ll start by sharing a mini-light-bulb moment I had a few days ago.
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Happy Mensiversary

For those who don’t know, the word for ‘Anniversary of 1 month’ is technically ‘Mensiversary’ if you follow the words’ origins. Anyway this isn’t a post about a relationship or anything like that, but the realisation that I’ve been employed for a month already as a Mobile & UI Engineer. It’s funny because if I didn’t infer it the way I did then I wouldn’t have known – ask me how long it’s been and I would’ve replied

..a couple of weeks or so. I think.
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