This year’s Jetpack annual report for this blog is ready – have a look. Here’s a teaser:
It’s been a busy year, so I haven’t been blogging as much as I wanted to, but overall, I think I did good (have a look at 2014 and 2013). Just to give you a quick comparison:
I blog mostly for myself, but it’s nice to see a slight grow in traffic. Although the fact that the most popular post in this blog throughout the years – how to check Squid proxy version – is a little concerning, yet funny. Well, at least people still find my “Vim for Perl developers” useful, even though it’s been more than 10 years since I wrote that (and probably five years since I promised to update it soon).
But as I said, I’m quite satisfied with my blogging this year. Hopefully I can continue to do the same in 2016.
“5 AWS mistakes you should avoid” is a rather opinionated piece on what you should and shouldn’t do with your infrastructure, especially, when using AWS. Here’s an example:
A typical web application consists of at least:
- load balancer
- scalable web backend
and looks like the following figure.
This pattern is very common and if yours look different you should have (strong) reasons.
It’s all good advice in there, but it comes from a very narrow perspective. The “mistakes” are:
- managing infrastructure manually
- not using Auto Scaling Groups
- not analyzing metrics in CloudWatch
- ignoring Trusted Advisor
- underutilizing virtual machines
“Files Are Hard” is one of those articles that show how complex even the simplest of things are. How complex is writing to a file? Well, quite. Especially if you want to make sure there’s no corruption in case of a crash. It goes both over the theory and practice, looking at different file systems.
For those people who think Gimp is the only image editor on Linux, here’s darktable 2.0. I mentioned it briefly before, but never linked to it. Linux Weekly News has reviewed the release candidate recently. Have a look at the features page – it’s quite extensive. If you are more of a visual person, there here are a few screenshots.