I follow 260 people. They are all almost entirely software developers or system administrators and that is the reason I follow them. While I am sure at least 90% of those 260 people are fantastic, fun, and great people in person, I don’t use Twitter for socializing. To that end, here is a minimal effective list of keywords to mute if, like me, you really don’t want to hear about gobs of other stuff. It is assumed you use a Twitter client that has the capability to filter tweets.
Your alternative is to mute everything by simply watching only your curated lists of inclusive hashtags and keywords, but this will absolutely miss a lot of worthwhile information.
You might be amazed at the amount of streamlining just the following will bring. This post is for those who have put off making a topic mute list and want a quick place to start.
# Possibly amusing "OverHeard" but not worth the space
# I really don't care what you ate or are drinking. Probably
# 2 people in all of your followers do care. Think about it.
tea coffee food burger taco burrito bbq
ale scotch whiskey beer pale
# I don't care where you are going or staying. Why would I?
airport hotel flight
# I get this news elsewhere.
america marriage parliament london guns abortion gay lbgt sex turkey
# I don't care what you are listening to
music rdio lastfm last.fm spotify vine
# This "clever" "joke" is 5 years old now and was amusing for
# the first month
# I don't care how you slept
sleeping sleep slept
gaming ps3 ps4 xbox ufc mma father mother sister brother cousin
daughter inbox meetup drinkup wife husband
If you’re childless, you probably very much want to add “child” and “children” to that list. As I have a child, I let these through as they’ve proven useful to me a few times.
And if someone just so happens to have great information titled “UFC Marriage Pale Beer Hotel Weather PS3″, I guess I lose.
It goes without saying, I think, that I make the same mistake now and then that others do and tweet completely banal crap. I expect those tweets to be muted by others, and I’m sorry if some get through your filters.
If you’re like me and for various reasons (we’ll not discuss) the physical hardware you have access to right now must run Windows, you might think you’re out of luck as far as getting Jenkins running Test-Kitchen jobs as Joshua Timberman shows in Test Kitchen and Jenkins1. But there’s hope if you have patience. I’ll show how I got it working, and I’m looking forward to ideas from you on how to develop better solutions to some of the kludges. There’s not much original material here, but instead of mentioning just my piece of things and linking you coldly to 2 other places for the rest of the info, I figured I would write up as much of the whole experience as I felt up to. Continue reading
I had a “how to define DevOps” revelation last night: It’s the Wonder Twins! Surely everyone remembers the Wonder Twins. You weren’t born before the 1980s? Oh. Well. Anyway… citing the Wikipedia article on Wonder Twins:
If the two are out of reach of each other, they are unable to activate their powers. [...] A rarely-seen aspect of their powers is the ability to break mind control. [...] The Wonder Twins have a pet Space Monkey called Gleek who had a useful prehensile tail and who could act as a conduit for the twins to activate their powers should they be out of reach.
Dibs on the name Gleek for a DevOps Practices enabling tool. And your manager should have his trait mentioned above.
Can we move on now?
While brushing up on TCP today, ancient synapses fired leading me to recall my first forays into network programming in 1992. While on permanent hiatus from CS education at FSU, I took a very long cross-country train trip from Jacksonville, FL through Chicago to L.A. and back to Jacksonville, FL via Pittsburgh, PA. Ideally, the goal was to get away cheaply to spend time figuring out just what the hell the next step might be. Along the way, I stayed with people I had met on social MUDs. Continue reading
Instead of buying and installing SSDs, storing Graphite’s whisper files in a memory-backed filesystem can be a good way to go if you have the RAM to spare. Depending on your environment, you may or may not care about losing a few minutes (or hours) of metric data. I know we certainly don’t care about losing 30 minutes, so there’s no reason for our carbon-cache instances to be scrawling to persistent storage 24/7. Continue reading