Why can't a CNAME record be used at the apex (aka root) of a domain? - Server Fault
Actually useful StackOverflow (ServerFault) thread about DNS apex domains and CNAME records
dns  reference  networking  webdev  sysadmin  http 
7 days ago
Every Noise at Once
Algorithmically generated music map along "mechanical/electronic <-> organic" and "denser/atmospheric <-> spikier/bouncier" axes. Kinda neat! But obviously not super curated or visually interesting (aside from the implied scatterplot itself).
11 days ago
Zero Fucks Given Coins – Zero Fucks Coin
Amusingly rude coins allowing you to literally give somebody 0 fucks, a flying fuck, a shit, a rat's ass, etc.
money  coins  humor 
12 days ago
DoesTheDogDie.com - Anxiety Prevention for Movies, TV, Book and Video Games
Amazing site that answers questions about movies, tv, books etc.

E.g. it knows that the dog dies in School-Live!
film  reference  triggerwarnings  psychology  health 
13 days ago
Git commit message styleguide
Emoji focused. Kinda neat idea actually.
git  github  maintainership 
4 weeks ago
Nice looking free-licensed photo archive site. The photo quality is overall really good too and seems well organized at a glance.
12 weeks ago
erikbern/git-of-theseus: Analyze how a Git repo grows over time
Super neat Git repo analysis tool to get info about code stability over time (e.g. are you constantly throwing out old code to make way for new or not?)

Happens to be implemented in Python data science tools.
git  github 
may 2018
Danger: Getting Set Up
Danger is a (Ruby-based but DSL-heavy) CI bot along the lines of many others re: pointing out too-large diffs, incorrect style, lack of doc updates, etc. Point of it is to be a small core + many configurable plugins. Unsure how compares to other non-Ruby similar bots.
maintainership  tools  ruby  github 
april 2018
Not a bootcamp - Recurse Center
Some friends have gone through this recently and it sounds like a potentially very cool way to take a semi-break between jobs or as a way to learn + reset before returning to the same job. NYC based.
programming  education  learning 
april 2018
Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera
space  science  astronomy 
april 2018
Helioviewer.org - Solar and heliospheric image visualization tool
Real cool viewer of solar imaging data. Can zoom in and everything!
astronomy  space  science 
april 2018
Amazing little dashboard showing realtime space radio signal information, e.g. I was able to see that the Madrid NASA station has a specific radio dish talking to the MRO right now, at a given Hz, etc, how much data was coming down, etc.
space  networking 
april 2018
vmware/tern: Open Source compliance for containers
(Python) CLI project that introspects Dockerfiles to see what packages they install & where those come from, aimed at becoming a compliance reporting tool.
docker  containers  packaging  security 
march 2018
Subway Knowledge Base
From 'Signal Problems', a super in depth weekly newsletter on the state of the NYC subway.
nyc  subway  trains  transit  urbanism 
march 2018
GoogleCloudPlatform/skaffold: Easy and Repeatable Kubernetes Development
CLI tool from GCP (but not GCP specific) for building Kubernetes applications in a "works locally but can also be run in CI" sense
kubernetes  containers  building  tools  cli 
march 2018
Flatcar Linux | Linux for containers
Light fork of CoreOS' Container Linux created so that the creators could provide commercial support.
docker  linux  virtualization  os 
march 2018
Matias Mini Quiet Pro Keyboard for PC
Really interesting compact keyboard that (mostly) doesn't sacrifice the layout of the arrow keys or the page up/down keys, while still being slimmer than even a tenkeyless.

But, beware: sticky keys apparently chronic: https://twitter.com/thatcks/status/971555156298002435
keyboards  peripherals  hardware 
march 2018
github/git-sizer: Compute various size metrics for a Git repository, flagging those that might cause problems
Written-by-Github tool to analyze a Git repo for unusual size metrics (eg too many types of git objects, too many commits, poorly-compressing or -decompressing blobs, etc)
git  maintainership 
march 2018
Where is Starman? Track Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster's Current Location.
Great little site with live stats about the Roadster plus a bunch of other charts & suchlike.
space  spacex 
february 2018
Super Hood - from Sporty's Pilot Shop
Blinders! Great for the open plan office or long flights!
travel  offices 
february 2018
Fortressa - Your Safe, Secure & Open Internet Fortress
Make-your-own VPN service/product that avoids the issues with stuff like Cloak/EncryptMe (re: cotenancy, trust, ability to be detected as likely VPN traffic, etc). Gives some of the money to EFF, DjangoGirls etc 👍
security  networking  apps  mac 
january 2018
Fun with Multi-stage Dockerfiles – Koki – Medium
Kinda nice I guess, but only seems useful for the "build containers from your dev workstation" usecase (esp re: security benefits) – if you're building things via CI like you should be, doesn't help quite as much. Still seems very useful tho.
docker  sysadmin  deploy  security 
january 2018
lirantal/dockly: Docker console UI and Dashboard for quick managing and inspecting of Containers and Images
Cute curses-based Docker management tool - richer than the stock CLI but still a terminal and not GUI app. Downsides (for me): requires npm.
cli  docker 
january 2018
gittup.org: [Wicked cool tagline.]
Interesting niche Linux distro that's entirely git-based, kind of a step beyond the source-oriented distros? comes with some sort of potentially high-powered DAG resolver that's "faster than Make".
git  linux  os 
january 2018
My Hero, Luke Skywalker — Zac Bertschy
"I never thought I’d find myself saying 'I want to be like Luke Skywalker when I grow up' in my 30s, but they somehow made a Star Wars movie that pulled those feelings out of me again." 👍
tlj  starwars 
january 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi: the backlash explained - Vox
I need to read more Vox. In-depth analysis of the backlash to the film & a LOT of considering the various reasons for it; very much not just "it's because of toxic men gettin mad" (though that is of course one element.)
starwars  tlj 
december 2017
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Will Be Too Inclusive for Some People. Good. | WIRED
Examination of the film's reception (plus some about the film itself), about what it says on the tin :D
starwars  tlj 
december 2017
“This is Not Going to Go the Way You Think”: The Last Jedi Is Subversive AF, and I Am Here for It | Bitter Gertrude
Great dissection about the film's themes (including comparing to those of the earlier trilogies) with solid writing & arguments.
starwars  tlj 
december 2017
(1) Movie: Star Wars: The Last Jedi | FanFare
It's MetaFilter, so probably some good-to-great insights mixed with some really irritating fannish jumping to conclusions.
starwars  tlj 
december 2017
Reddit thread about the Toxic Masculinity article
Some great discussion (on Reddit! I know! Guess r/MensLib is one of the few non-toxic subreddits...) about the film overall, of course with some focus on toxic masculinity, but pretty general and good analysis.
tlj  starwars 
december 2017
Is The Last Jedi the most feminist Star Wars film? | Villainesse
Good sendup of the feminism inherent in TLJ's plotting, characterizations and even specific dialogue bits. Well written.
starwars  tlj 
december 2017
Toxic Masculinity Is the True Villain of Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Den of Geek
Points out the themes of toxic masculinity in TLJ, including noting differences in how the various other characters handle the failures of the men around them (spoiler: the light side teaches & takes on emotional labor, the dark side simply cajoles and punishes.)
starwars  tlj 
december 2017
The Last Jedi, toxic masculinity, and showing your place in all this
Decent sendup of how TLJ examines toxic masculinity, written _from the perspective of a white guy struggling with his own_, not just a sermon or whatever.
starwars  tlj 
december 2017
The Last Jedi Doesn't Care What You Think About Star Wars
Solid and well written introspection on TLJ's relationship with the rest of Star Wars and how it's a true Star Wars film even while it demolishes much of what technically makes up the franchise.
starwars  tlj 
december 2017
jpmens/jo: JSON output from a shell
Generate JSON from shell commands. Not sure it really offers that much over eg `python -m json -c "print(json.dumps({obj}))"`, but still.
cli  json  tools 
december 2017
Amazing in-depth world map of trains, down to individual station platforms!
trains  maps 
december 2017
Escape | Escape vs. X
High level software/package deployment/bookkeeping tool. Idea seems to be that it wraps the tools that actually deploy stuff (anything from CM to Docker to apt to TF to Helm, etc) to provide a consistent view of how, where and whether a given thing has been deployed, promoted etc.
sysadmin  distsys  packaging 
december 2017
Medieval Fantasy City Generator by watabou
Absolutely amazing city map generator, perfect for any sort of worldbuilding or DM'ing.
maps  rpg  fantasy 
december 2017
What MongoDB got Right - Made of Bugs
Outlines some of what Mongo got right instead of wrong. (From 2015, so some info is outdated - eg SQL replication got somewhat better since.)
databases  mongodb  nosql  mongodb-problems 
december 2017
Chris's Wiki :: blog/sysadmin/NtpdToChrony
tl;dr use chrony or (if it resurrects) ntimed, not ntpsec, for a modern/less-insecure ntpd
sysadmin  linux  tools  time  security 
november 2017
Cat Pens: Octagon Pet Travel Pen at Drs. Foster and Smith
Good for certain cats that like to chew on wires in hotel rooms and such.
cat  travel 
november 2017
Deciphering Glyph :: Careful With That PyPI
Thoughts from Glyph on securing one's PyPI upload creds more safely (tl;dr, using a password manager + CLI integration, instead of the ol file-cached-on-disk)
python  packaging  security 
october 2017
Kenneth Love
Neat post by Kenneth on using fontforge to merge two fonts-of-choice to arrive at a way of tricking vim into italicizing comments.
vim  fonts 
october 2017
Plexstrum - Purple Plectrums - Ezee Pluckin
Recommended thick-style easier-on-the-hands guitar picks
guitar  music 
october 2017
Justin Guitar | Free Guitar Lessons | free guitar lesson from justinguitar.com
Highly recommended free guitar lessons site (which one can also opt to support/pay for!)
guitar  music  lessons 
october 2017
Prometheus (blog post)
Good, if high level, overview of the Prometheus platform from the perspective of a seasoned sysadmin.
prometheus  metrics  sysadmin  alerts 
october 2017
ericfreese/rat: Compose shell commands to build interactive terminal applications
Semi-interesting go-based util for annotating and/or composing shell commands, e.g. colorize output from a command, and act on patterns within that output to trigger subcommands.

Not sure I'd want to use it over my own Python shit but still.
golang  cli  shells 
october 2017
Doomsday prepping for less crazy folk
Nice long essay/howto about intelligent risk management. Worth a read when not depressed/anxious.
safety  health  emergencies  home 
october 2017
aphyr/distsys-class: Class materials for a distributed systems lecture series
Neat high level jumping off point for all kinds of distsys concepts and knowledge. Pretty useful even just on its own as a refresher if you're already semi familiar or have ops/network experience. Also mildly entertaining, because it's aphyr :D
distsys  networking  sysadmin  programming 
october 2017
Monitoring in the time of Cloud Native – Cindy Sridharan – Medium
Excellent, if a bit long overview of monitoring, observability, the differences between the two, data vs information, and related topics. Stays very generic much of the time but does delve into how specific products exhibit certain tendencies, later on. (While still avoiding seeming like a "howto".)
monitoring  metrics  sysadmin  essays 
october 2017
python sweetness — Mitogen, an infrastructure code baseline that...
Possible alternative to Ansible, etc (but also a Fabric competitor (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻)
python  configmanagement  ssh  sysadmin  tools 
september 2017
Probot | GitHub Apps to automate and improve your workflow
Some neat GH flow apps like closing stale PRs and so forth. Needs time to evaluate.
git  github  maintainership 
september 2017
Omar Ismail's answer to I am white. That's all you know about me. Am I privileged based on that alone and assuming I am, should I feel guilt and what should I do about it? - Quora
Really succinct explanation/analogy for white privilege. Maybe good for people who claim it doesn't exist. Many other answers in the same thread (see link at bottom) also great.
sjw  essays 
september 2017
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