Thursday, April 16, 2015
Datadog is a fantastic monitoring as a service company. Install an agent on your host and within seconds metrics are uploaded to their service to begin graphing. Their service can integrate with many popular products but I have yet to find a plugin to integrate Datadog with one of the most talked about pieces of software today: OpenStack.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
With the release of the new retina MacBook, all of the major tech blogs have released their reviews. Arstechnica always digs deep into the technical bits of a new Apple product and I noticed something interesting buried in one of their pages.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
In a previous post, I detailed how to setup Varnish 2.1.5 on CentOS 6 as a caching server and load balancer. After setting this up, I realized MP4 files were not streaming and large downloads were taking too long to begin.
Varnish 4 is the latest major release of Varnish and has fixed all of these problems.
This post will be exactly the same as the last post, but will provide the new VCL syntax that applies to Varnish 4.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Varnish is a highly regarded HTTP caching server. It sits in front of your web server tier and caches content in RAM so subsequent requests are served as quickly as possible.
Varnish can also be a basic load balancer. Combining a caching server and a load balancer works extremely well when one or more of your web servers becomes unavailable. Because Varnish is also acting as the load balancer, no longer will the end user possibly see a “Service unavailable” message while the load balancer is removing the unhealthy web server from the load balanced pool, they will simply see a cached paged instead.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Force Touch was first revealed in the Apple Watch and now has made its way to Apple’s trackpads. I went to an Apple Store to try out Force Touch on the updated 13” retina MacBook Pro.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I recently setup a two node replica Gluster cluster on CentOS 6.6 with Gluster version 3.6.2-1. I setup a private network specifically for Gluster replication and communication and binded the Gluster daemons to this network.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
After setting up a two node replica Gluster cluster to use as a web content backend, I began testing what would happen when I brought down one of the Gluster nodes. The web nodes access the Gluster cluster using the GlusterFS native client and I expected them to quickly see that one of the Gluster nodes was down and begin serving content from the healthy Gluster node, but that was not happening. My test involved simply rebooting one of the Gluster nodes and that node was coming back online within about 30 seconds. However, within that 30 seconds my website was down.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Every since I upgraded to OS X Yosemite, the experience has been lackluster. A simple Google search will reveal a host of problems Yosemite has introduced, but the absolute most annoying problem for me has been the UI lag. This UI lag mainly occurs when I have an external monitor attached.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
There was a period where I wanted to inject an ad into a particular part of every Jekyll post. I did not want to put the actual ad markup in the middle of the Markdown text file because it was ugly and would be difficult to manage if I had to change something.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
I have used FileVault 2 since OS X Lion without issue and it has worked as expected. With FileVault 2 enabled, before I can login with my user password, I have to first unlock the hard drive using the disk encryption password I previously set.