Monitoring Docker Released

As mentioned in a post a few months ago I have been working on a book about the various ways you can approach monitoring your Docker containers, I am proud to announce that it was published today by Packt Publishing. You can order your copy from the Packt website or Amazon. A free sample of the book can be found here.

December 15, 2015 · 1 min · Russ Mckendrick

More site updates

Since the last post about the blog I have been playing with the blog a bit more, I have finally got a decent PageSpeed Insights Score; It’s annoying that the Disqus javascript is keeping me from getting 100/100 but considering before I started to tweak things I was getting a score of 85/100 so I can’t complain too much. I have also adding the following functionality to my Gruntfile grunt test — Runs a PageSpeed Insight test from the command line and highlights if either the mobile or desktop test drops below 95/100 grunt grab — Grabs the external Javascript needed to run the site so I can serve it locally....

October 11, 2015 · 1 min · Russ Mckendrick

Monitoring Docker book

One of the reasons I haven’t been posting much on here for the last fews months is that I have been busy spending my weekends and evenings writing a book called “Monitoring Docker” which is being published by Packt Publishing at the end of the year. It’s now available for pre-order from the Packt website and also Amazon !!! Exciting times :D

October 11, 2015 · 1 min · Russ Mckendrick

Adventures in Hi-Fi

As everyone who knows me will already know, I am a little bit opinionated when it comes to music. However, I haven’t really had a decent sound system for quite a few years. I decided mid last year that I would do something about it and not only start getting back into vinyl (I know, such a hipster) but also get a decent sound system, so started saving. For quite a while I was looking an all-in-one system like the Teac LP-P1000 however, I decided I would end up painting myself into a corner with it as I would be only be able to use it in one room, I then started looking at other options....

April 5, 2015 · 2 min · Russ Mckendrick

Git + Rebase

As you may have noticed, the blog looks different (again). This is because I have moved from Wordpress back to Ghost using their GhostPro offering. One of the things I like about Ghost is the default theme, Casper. While I wanted to keep it there were a few things I wanted to tweak, such as removing the full page header image on main index. When I have previously used Ghost I have forked the theme on GitHub and then manually messed about getting any updates from the original code in....

March 22, 2015 · 2 min · Russ Mckendrick

Desktop Wallpaper

It has just dawned on me, I have been using the “Aqua Blue” variation of wallpapers which stated shiping with MacOS X since I got my first iMac G3 in 2001. There have been a few variations of it, however the one I have settled on is the one with came with MacOS X 10.4 Tiger. It has been the first thing I have installed on every Mac, Linux and even Windows machine I have run since 2005....

March 15, 2015 · 1 min · Russ Mckendrick

What’s Been On The Ones & Twos

According to my LastFM profile I have been listening to the following a lot this month … David Bowie — Nothing Has Changed The Smashing Pumpkins — Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness New Order — Get Ready The War on Drugs — Lost In The Dream Amplifier — The Octopus Flying Colors — Flying Colors Depeche Mode — Songs of Fair and Devotion Suede — Dog Man Star The Stone Roses — Second Coming Led Zeppelin — Led Zeppelin IV

March 15, 2015 · 1 min · Russ Mckendrick

Blah Blah Blah Cloud

As someone who deals with the word “Cloud” as part of their day job it can get very confusing. When a client or colleague says “I want cloud” or “what about hosting it in the cloud” what does it mean? Well, in my line of work it could mean any of the following …. Virtual Machines hosted on a highly available hardware platform Instances hosted in a an auto-scaling available configuration Using Content Delivery Networks (CDN) for content Uploading static content Distributed Object Storage Software as a Service (SaaS) Platform as a Service (PaaS) Thats only a small list of what services which the word “Cloud” is used for....

February 1, 2015 · 2 min · Russ Mckendrick