VSHN.timer #100: The One With All The Links

19. Jul 2021

Welcome to the 100th edition of VSHN.timer! 🥳 🥇🎆 🏆 Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better.

All of us VSHNeers would like to say a big thank you to our friends, our partners, to all of you, for reading and sharing this publication every week, sending us links, suggestions, ideas, and emojis! VSHN.timer is the ticking clock of the Cloud Native industry, marking the pace of technology changing every week.

For the curious among you, here’s a bit of trivia: VSHN.timer started in 2017 with three short editions and a different style. This idea didn’t catch internally, so we decided to restart it again in August 2019 with a new format… and here we are!

This is a very special edition with five crazy links that are going to make you laugh, plus a bonus: the complete categorized index of all VSHN.timer entries!

1. Kubernetes clusters are Turing machines built on top of more Turing machines. Case in point, here’s an Intel 8080 CPU emulated in a Kubernetes cluster, with individual microservices… representing each opcode on the original chip. Each opcode is built with a different programming language, and all together emulate the execution of the Space Invaders game. We’re not kidding when we tell you that some people have way too much time in their hands.


2. DevOps engineers don’t usually earn recognition for their cooking skills, and some even wonder what’s there to eat beyond pizza. But that ends immediately thanks to the Cloud Native Community Cookbook. A beautiful book with recipes for you to try at home while you apply those security patches to your cluster. Don’t have a stove at home? No worries. Run your favorite Electron app on your laptop, and after a few minutes you’ll be able to cook a whole meal on top of it. You’re welcome.


3. Ever wondered what it’s like to be a software developer? Of course, some of you are software developers, but admit it: your family members repeatedly ask themselves what is that you do for a living sitting in front of a computer all day. Mine does at least. Anyway. If you ever need to explain it, Graham King has you covered. Of course this is a joke, but not as far fetched as you might think.


4. Online shopping exploded since last year because of the pandemic, but you know what did also explode? Our heads when we opened the developer tools in our browsers and realized how fake our online experience could be. Keep this in mind the next time you follow recommendations from your favorite online shop.


5. Noticed how lots of websites these days don’t provide RSS feeds anymore? I know, first world problems. Actually… VSHN.timer used to have its own RSS feed, but we broke it in our last website migration 🙁 and yes, we’re working to bring it back. In the meantime say hi to the new CSS feeds. Long gone are the days when you just used CSS to set fonts and colors.


The VSHN.timer Directory

To celebrate our 100th edition, here’s the complete VSHN.timer directory of entries, categorized per subject, for your browsing pleasure. Two years of links, fun, opinion, and Cloud Native goodies, all just one click away!

By far, the subject that got most of our attention was (duh!) Kubernetes, of course! All in all, 16 editions were entirely dedicated to the subject of our preferred container platform. Follow in decreasing number of editions: Security (11 editions, a really hot topic), PeopleOps (10), Programming (8), Containers (7), and then Incidents and Operations, Conferences, and “Random” (our regular funny edition) with 6 each.

So, without further due, here’s the complete catalog of VSHN.timer entries:

Do you enjoy reading VSHN.timer every week? Have you shared it with your colleagues? Is there any memorable edition that you remember fondly? Do you have any suggestions for the future of this publication? Get in touch with us, and see you next week for the 101th (whoa, can you believe it?) edition of VSHN.timer.

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Adrian Kosmaczewski

Adrian Kosmaczewski is in charge of Developer Relations at VSHN. He is a software developer since 1996, a trainer, and a published author. Adrian holds a Master in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.

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