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Your organization will become obsolete

https://hbr.org/ideacast/2019/10/how-companies-like-google-and-alibaba-respond-to-fast-moving-markets.html Neoclassical companies like Amazon and Tencent are coming for your business just by taking feedback faster and acting on it. You have to hear the whole message, not the parts you want to hear; it’s not just Fail Fast, it’s Think Big, Experiment Small, and Fail Fast. Recommended.

Raccoons. The infinity war of city life

Now that the city of Toronto has (mostly) solved the raccoon problem for organic waste by adding a built-in twist lock to the lid of green bins… These fine, clever trash marauders still go for garbage, because that’s where food-contaminated plastic goes. So. Without further ado, here’s my (free) solution; a bungee cord with a … Continue reading Raccoons. The infinity war of city life

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