June 29, 2020

Apple! the world is not ready for ARM

Introduction Last week Apple announced its transition to ARM, err, Apple silicon. My first thought was: poor developers who work with Docker! They will now develop and test on an architecture that is - at most - exotic in the datacenters of the mainstream cloud-providers. Don’t get me wrong, I am not an Apple-hater: my day-job work-horse is a 2015 Macbook Pro, and I like it better than my work Windows laptop, also because it has an I7 Intel CPU that has aged well. Read more

June 28, 2020

Manage your home-network with an Azure DNS Zone

Introduction Azure DNS Zones is an inexpensive way to manage DNS records for your domains, even if you have dynamic IP. Back in the days, and before greedy Oracle took it over, dyndns.org used the (free) place to be if you had a dynamic IP and wanted to expose your home-network. Things have changed but fortunately offers like Azure DNS Zones are as inexpensive as a few Euro per month, and are easy to maintain with a little scripting. Read more

June 21, 2020

Connected plants

Introduction A few weeks ago I had a few days off and, as I will most probably spend my summer vacations in Balconia I started a little non-IT (ahem!) project to set-up my balcony as a green oasis for the summer: A little table and two chairs A comfortable chair to lie in the sun A rack and side-board for plants A few plants As I don’t have a green thumb, plants are of course somewhat risky, so I decided that I needed some indicator to help me understand when my plant need water and minerals. This post is about where that brought me. Read more

June 20, 2020

Grafana remote image renderer

Introduction Since the Grafana Image Renderer plug-in is not supported anymore from Grafana 7.0 some changes are required to switch to the remote image renderer, and run it as a docker container. This post goes into the details of setting-up a remote image renderer for Kubernetes, on amd64, arm/v7 and arm64. Multi-arch build The official git repo only supports linux/amd64 at this moment but there is an issue for arm-support. Read more

June 15, 2020

Gitlab CI/CD docker builds with docker 19.03 images

Introduction In this previous post I came accross an issue that I wanted to write about in more details: Why it is bad to rely on any kind of latest tags How docker 19.03-dind will break your gitlab-ci docker builds and what you can do about it If you do not use latest your pipeline is not already broken but this may still be interesting for you since this summary will help you update. Read more

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