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Light Sail!

Light Sail Mission Patch

Growing up in Houston, I have followed our space program off and on. I am also a big reader of Sci-Fi. So, when I heard about the Solar Sail Kickstarter Project from The Planetary Society, I jumped on board. And, while they have raised almost 4 times their goal, I think that this is a project which will have more of an impact on humanity than some of the other projects.

So, join me in backing them!

Moving

HP logo

Well, after 4 years (almost to the day), it is time for me to say good-bye to HP. The team I worked on is a great team who really know their stuff. However, I am a geek, and I want to be doing things with tech, and not talking about tech, and for the most part, talking is all I have been doing. I have learned a lot and was given a chance to do some traveling which I do not think I would have been able to do.

So, where am I going? Well, until after I start and get on-boarded, I am not sure how much I can say. It is a financial company based in Houston, so I will not be moving the crew, just changing the direction I commute back to into the sun again.

Stay tuned here for more updates, and I will probably be using this as a place to document some of the new things I learn on the way.

Peace.

Updates to AUR packages

So, with the migration of the AUR to version 4, I looked at the 12 AUR packages I had created over the years which I have not looked at in a long, long time.

The list started out with:

In the end, I only kept xlhttp as I do not use the others anymore. Surprisingly enough, only one of the packages (chronicle) was out of date. I disowned all the others, so if you want, you can pick them up.

Vegas, again

Once more, off the Las Vegas for to work a trade show. This year, I was helping present training, so I was tucked away in a basement most of the trip, and did not get out to do much in the way of sight-seeing aside from walking around the hotel.

But, I did find time to snap a few pictures.

Quick Ansible Tip

This is a quick post to capture something seen. Ansibel is a configuration management tool that I have been learning recently. More details in a future post. This is just to capture this idea:

From: Smith, Chris (Big Data)

To: ansible

Ansible Galaxy is a centralised Github repository of public Ansible content, see: https://galaxy.ansible.com/ It uses a local routine that is installed when you install Ansible, called ‘ansible-galaxy’, to create a blank template for your Ansible content. What is not well known is you can run ‘ansible-galaxy’ in offline mode to create a blank template using the command:

# ansible-galaxy init --offline my-role

Enjoy,

Chris

More on this as I get some more back-ends stuff taken care of, like setting up a git repo and maybe auto-deploy from git push?