Sponsor a conference as a means of hiring?

There's an interesting dynamic here @ Kubecon. Some of the sponsors are nearly certainly only here in a talent-acquisition mode. For example, apple, shopify. They are not meeting their customers here, their presence is small (apple has a 5x10' tabletop w/ a curtain backdrop... big marketing$$$!).

Interestingly, there's a big whiteboard you can scribble out an ad-hoc job ad. Shout out to my friends @ Macnica, your ad is there on the right!

Now, I was kind of tired, so no, I didn't troll the board with some fake ad. Hopefully no one else did 🙂 But this is 100% a sellers market... there are far more 'help wanted' than 'job needed' ads.

Tis the season for charitable giving

I don't know where to even begin here. I'm staying in a 'not so nice' hotel in a 'not so nice' part of Seattle. Out front at the reception they have a 'food bank' donation bin. Side note: give cash, not food. The food bank can buy wholesale, making your $1 worth much more, and, they don't need to have volunteers and warehousing costs to move your can of beans around. OK, back to the food bank donation bin. A nice touch. Lets zoom and enhance:

Is... Is... Is that a box of milk bones? And 4 bottles of water?

I can't even...

Are you tech enough for marketing?

At my previous gig i had some oversight of marketing. And the marketing folks often complained that there was an unfair level of technical depth needed. I would usually tell them "suck it up princess, get back to that vi + shell" or "the beatings will continue until morale improves".

Well, one of those folks seems to have gone on to some pretty slick hackery. Check out his twitch stream. It seems to involve some rasperry pi, some sensors, and some real-time botanical growing.

Nice work. And the internet (which once only had coffee pots to watch, and then of course, briefly, jenni) now has another cam to watch. And now we can know the live humidity of your hydroponic farm, real-time. What a time to be alive!

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Never SSL

So you are in some random location you don't frequent. They have wifi. You've ignored all my previous posts about security and want to connect. You connect, but nothing works. What should you do?

Well, try opening http://neverssl.com/. You might be hitting a combination of 'too much ssl' and 'captive portal'. I know, you can never have too much tls. But, maybe in this case, you are one of those old-school captive portals that needs to do a 307 redirect to some 'welcome to our store' login page. And that above URL does what it says on the tin.

No trackers, no ads, just a means of making your browser redirect to the login. Pure and simple.

When managed software goes bad… A cloud tale

So the other day I wrote of my experience with the first 'critical' kubernetes bug, and how the mitigation took down my Google Kubernetes (GKE). In that case, Google pushed an upgrade, and missed something with the Calico migration (Calico had been installed by them as well, nothing had been changed by me). Ooops.

Today, Azure AKS. Errors like:

"heapster" is forbidden: User "system:serviceaccount:kube-system:heapster" cannot update deployments.extensions in the namespace "kube-system

start appearing. Along with a mysterious 'server is misbehaving' message associated with 'exec' to a single namespace (other namespaces are ok, and non-exec calls within this namespace are ok). Hmm.

Some online 'research' and we are lead to Issue#664.

Looking deeper at the 'server misbehaving' leads to some discussion about kube-dns being broken. Kube-system shows errors like:

Node aks-nodepool1-19254313-0 has no valid hostname and/or IP address: aks-nodepool1-19254313-0 

Hmm. That is my node name, how could it loose track of its own hostname? I don't even have (easy) access to this, its all managed.

OK, unpack the 'access one azure node' here. And we're in to the assumed 'sick' node. Snoop around, nothing seems too wrong.

So... peanut gallery, what does one do? Delete the cluster and move on with life? Open a support ticket?

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