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Visiting the Duga-1 Radar in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

As a young child I experienced the last years of the cold war and later the fall of the Berlin wall. Part of my childhood was the possibility of a nuclear conflict. For example, my parent’s house had a shelter in the basement that could be locked down by thick, metal window blinds and an even thicker and heavier door. Conveniently, we used the room for storing food. Only later I realized that there was a reason that all food with a long shelf life was stored in that room. Not that any of this would have made a difference in case of an actual nuclear war… However, a tiny interest in nuclear catastrophes remained…

SREcon Asia/Pacific 2019: Day Three

Phew! Day three comes to an end here in Singapore! It’s Friday evening which means the weekend is about to start. πŸŽ‰ Sorry European and American folks, you have a few more hours to go.

We had a generous dinner reception last night with highly attentive staff. That may have lead to one or the other SRE exceeding their own SLO for beverages. At least that was my impression when I look at the tail latency for showing up for the first talks of the day. 🀨 Anyway, let’s sum up what’s been hot today!

SREcon Asia/Pacific 2019: Day Two

Welcome, welcome to another day in Singapore full of interesting talks at SREcon Asia/Pacific 2019. Here’s the gist of what I listened to, talked about, and learned today. I spend more time in technical talks today. I needed a bit of an deep dive to contrast the high-level topics from yesterday. The inner engineer is strong with me. πŸ‘·β€β™‚οΈI am glad SREcon offers both! Kudos to the program committee.

SREcon Asia/Pacific 2019: Day One

Good Morning, Europe! Please enjoy my SREcon Asia/Pacific 2019 day one conference notes fresh out of the press from beautiful Singapore. This year I signed up for volunteering at the Google both and for serving as room co-captain at a couple of sessions. The reports will probably a bit shorter than last year’s.

The Organization, Culture, and Me (My Path to SRM)

I believe that seriously interviewing with an organization should be a two-way endeavour. The organization has an interview process in place that is designed around gathering signal from the candidate. Most organizations have worked out criteria that enable success within the organization’s culture, adhere to the organization’s values, support the organization’s mission, and respect the broader environment and market the organization operates in.