Category Archives: IT

AstroMonkey: New Chaos Monkey unleashed by Netfix

The Software Engineers Guide to Mercury Retrograde calls out to Infrastructure Automation experts and followers of the DevOps cult. Astrology Driven Development (ADD) takes a holistic view at Mercury, Saturn, Uranus and all these other assholes in the sky, to … Continue reading

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Linux from Scratch entering the cloud market

The Linux from Scratched (LFS) project has decided to jump on the cloud bandwagon by providing a lightweight (non bloated) IaaS alternative to CloudStack, OpenCloud and Eucalyptus. This project will be known as COSaaS (Couple of Shell Scripts as a Service) and the … Continue reading

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Learning Python the “hard” way

so my GF is a network engineer and OSI model. But she never was much interested in programming. She gets far more aroused reading her 3GPP specs. Wondering how to get her interested in programming, I resorted to some guerrilla tactics: While in … Continue reading

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The Code from Ipanema’s not working

If programming is like art, implementing business logic is elevator music. #!/usr/bin/perl use EverySingleFuckingModelFromCPAN; #use strict; #use warnings; print <<IPANEMA ¸¸♬·¯·♩¸¸♪·¯·♫¸¸♬·¯·♩¸¸♪·¯·♫ Fat and bloated and slow and unstructured and buggy  The code from Ipanema gets committed And when tests she not passes, each one she not passes … Continue reading

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The dream which made me reconsider Java

as a fan of C, Python and Perl I have always dismissed Java. For 20 years in fact. Until yesterday! This is what happened: As I was waiting for the compilation of the latest kernel to finish, I was browsing some … Continue reading

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journal of a Neckbeard

neckbeard is now officially described by the Oxford Dictionary as: neck|beard Pronunciation: /ˈnɛkbɪəd/ NOUN INFORMAL   1. A growth of hair on a man’s neck, especially when regarded as indicative of poor grooming:I can picture myself wearing these clothes a … Continue reading

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Confessions from the Sex life of a Network Engineer

My girlfriend is an OSI model. She always dresses in exactly 7 layers. I specialize on the physical layer. She likes that. Even it’s the most difficult layer to debug, it’s nice to be so close to the hardware. She … Continue reading

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Better productivity through circle-jerks and cluster-f*$%s

Before Agile became popular, middle-management was a happy bunch. They got to present their agendas in front of a large audience. Pointing with a stick to emphasize bullets from a presentation or creating buzzwords gave them a fantastic ego-boost. Most … Continue reading

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Microsoft Office paperclip (aka. ‘Clippy’) joins group of whistle-blowers

A group of five intelligence specialists – William Binney, Thomas Drake, Edward Loomis, Kirk Wiebe and the Microsoft Office paperclip (aka “Clippy”), who worked at the NSA for a total of 151 years, -most of them at senior levels, have … Continue reading

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#Delphi programming ‘job opportunity’ probably hoax

Today a job opportunity for a “Delphi developer” has suddenly surfaced on social networks. The Delphi programming language was assumed extinct since 2002. Spotting a job for Delphi developers in the wild would therefore be an extremely rare event, experts … Continue reading

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A new programming language: LW-{

After watching some French perfume adverts I’ve become inspired to create a new functional programming language which is both Turing-complete and sentinent. It’s called “LW-{” The name “LW-{” is short for “Larry Wall’s moustache” and pronounced “Larry Wall’s moustache”. But … Continue reading

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James Iry’s history of programming languages (illustrated with pictures and large fonts)

–This post is a tribute to James Iry’s fantastic One Div Zero blog.

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Interesting lifehacks: Use a wooden spoon to block part of your screen

While the benefit of the wooden spoon may not be immediately obvious to the novice user, the concept is now hailed the ‘next big thing’ in software development. Early adopters have been tinkering with some creative use-cases. Most users first … Continue reading

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IETF Call for Papers: Self Help Group for Routers and Switches

Every time a router sees IP packets containing words like #‎swag or #‎yolo it cries out in pain. And Tim Berners-Lee sheds a tear! Maybe this sounds like a joke, but those ubiquitous and usually ignored devices handling our daily … Continue reading

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#HypeReduce: Some lesser remembered tools for your #BigData strategy

After MapReduce, MongoDB & NoSQL got all the attention in 2013, I feel it’s time to take a look at some more basic but often forgotten command line tools which help you process BigData in a powerful way. Here our … Continue reading

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So long and thanks for all the Phish! 1&1 really knows about security …

1&1 Germany is now sending emails to their users informing them that the bank account number changed and new account number is Commerzbank AG, Kto.-Nr.: 630 148 502 BLZ: 200 400 00 … “All future invoices should be transferred to … Continue reading

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The life of @

Once upon a time there was a Little @. It was born in fame and lived in the biggest castle of the earth known to the rest of us as the “Internet”. Little @ had everything it could possibly wish … Continue reading

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