Automating SSL certificate generation, installation and renewal with ACME

I came across this article on using Automated Certificate Management Environment. Instead of an onerous yearly manual task, certificate deployment and renewal becomes automated. Available now for Apache HTTPD and others. Here’s an example: “We show how to simplify SSL certificates using Let’s Encrypt with Apache httpd on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. — Read … Continue reading Automating SSL certificate generation, installation and renewal with ACME

A couple of thoughts on open source communities…

The open source communities continue to grow in amazing ways. In particular, tools made by developers, for developers, get a level of usefulness that it’s hard to compete with. As I see it, it’s frankly impossible for ecosystems of common utility infrastructure done with closed source to compete with the open source community because open … Continue reading A couple of thoughts on open source communities…

”Why I Switched From Ubuntu to Manjaro Linux”

This is a really good article on why a lighter and more modern distro is good for tech work and for VMs. I would also note that Red Hat Enterprise Linux is also going the “less is more” route, with a base distro that just barely uses the CPU. Cheers, Dak “For more than a … Continue reading ”Why I Switched From Ubuntu to Manjaro Linux”

Found a leadership blog in an unexpected place

We were chatting at home about some products for clearing drains (long story), and my other half noted she’d seen some interesting and apparently new products from CLR.  CLR, if you don’t know it, stands for Calcium Lime Rust remover (their signature product), but they have more than that. I had a look for the … Continue reading Found a leadership blog in an unexpected place

The trap of being established, experienced and…entrenched

I’ve been thinking about executives and teams I’ve worked with over the years, and just how easy it is to get stuck, but find comfort in experience. We’ve all heard the line “one year of experience, ten times.” It’s insulting, and facile, and dangerously close to the truth. We must always be learning, always open … Continue reading The trap of being established, experienced and…entrenched

Don’t Give Up on a Great Idea Just Because It Seems Obvious

Sometimes the best innovations are intuitive. That’s actually OK. Think more about what would make a difference in the problem you see, and less about whether or not “must have been solved because it’s obvious.” There is beauty in simplicity. See more about this topic in this is great article from Harvard Business Review: — … Continue reading Don’t Give Up on a Great Idea Just Because It Seems Obvious