Our Resistance to Change has Sent Us the Long Way Round to Where We’re Going

Eight years after Mark Mayo wrote about how cloud computing would change our profession pretty much everything still applies and people are still trying to adapt to the changes he highlighted. The post is primarily about the changes that individual systems administrators would be facing, but it also describes how the way we work would need to adapt.

The problem is that on the operations and systems side of web development our overall reaction to this was slow and I think we confused what the actual goal should be with something that’s was only temporary.

What I'm Wishing For in 2016

Five Fucks to Give

First thing is that I’m only going to have five fucks to give in 2016. One for my wife Lane, three for our pets Chai, Hanna and Olive and the fifth for myself. This means keeping a low tolerance on the amount of stress and nonsense we’re allowing into our lives.

The Important, the Urgent and remembering it’s the people that Matter

Large scale outages at major service providers isn’t something new. In 2007 both Rackspace and the 365 Main data center in San Francisco suffered major outages that took down part of what made up Web 2.0. Amazon Web Services had major outages in 2011, 2013, and again last week each causing outages for several services.

The Concepts of John Boyd are much more than just the OODA Loop

Ever since John Boyd’s OODA Loop was introduced to the web community at Velocity, we’ve had an oversimplified and incomplete view of his ideas. One that has been reinforced by reusing a version of the same basic diagram that he never drew.

Are We Becoming just the Caretakers of Technology?

Even before the first opening talk at Monitorama I started to feel that some of the technology we use have become more magic than science to many of us, including myself. And that the tempo of work we feel either from ourselves or others prevents our chance to adequately become confident in how these things work.