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How my cat helped me build a better IoT app

My cat Tucker is a somewhat predictable animal who likes to curl up in predictable spots around the house, so he’s the perfect subject for surreptitious video surveillance and just the sort of motivating force I needed to rework a Raspberry Pi project I’d been putting off for some time. [Read more]

Chef Infra in 60 seconds

This brief video provides a quick overview of Chef Infra, a versatile modern tool for infrastructure-as-code.

Secure containers and Kubernetes at scale with Polymorphing

Containers have revolutionized application development by making it far easier for engineers and product teams to quickly develop software that’s more reliable and easier to scale, but these benefits have always come with a few worrying realities. It can be hard to know what’s inside a publicly available image and, though they’re handy, containers just… Read More »

Accelerate test-driven development with Chef Workstation

Test Kitchen, one of the free tools that ships with Chef Workstation, makes automation testing a snap by enabling you to test your code and policies on a variety of enterprise-grade systems in containers, VMs and public cloud instances. Read more on chef.io

How to install Chef Automate and Chef Infra Server

A step-by-step guide to installing Chef Automate and Chef Infra Server on-prem so you can get started with automation and configuration management with Chef Infrastructure, Chef Compliance, and Chef App Delivery.

Chef 101: Getting Started With Automation

Take a look at some practices that can help you get a running start with your Chef automation and the principle of Policy as Code. This post is designed to be beginner-friendly. You don’t need any coding experience to follow along — just an interest in automation, and curiosity about how best to implement it… Read More »

The coding SysAdmin

For anyone working in a traditional sysadmin role, automation — and a larger DevOps conversation — can be disconcerting. Modern automation means “code” and some sysadmins insist coding is outside their job descriptions. In fact, when I was an IT director, I had a sysadmin tell me, “We don’t code.” He was content with maintaining… Read More »

Cellular + IoT isn’t as hard as you think

I’ve always been a bit hesitant to add cellular networking to my IoT projects because I figured the cost of bandwidth and the hardware requirements were more trouble than they were worth. But after some experimentation, I got over my fears and found cellular wasn’t nearly as expensive or as complicated as I thought. [Read… Read More »

The joy of bash on Windows

One of the things I like best about running a Linux desktop is the bash shell, which is great for connecting to other boxes, editing files, running Docker containers — you name it. So, when Microsoft introduced the bash shell for Windows 10, I was skeptical. After all, I’ve used cmd.exe for years and it’s… Read More »