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IP over Web-avian Carriers

The Internet is notoriously hungry for bandwidth and much effort goes into increasing the throughput of Internet Protocol carrying media. One particularly successful approach in throughput optimization has been IP over Avian Carriers which, thanks to pleasant developments in storage media density, managed to stay ahead of the game by a factor of three. However, speeding up existing protocols is not enough to meet increased bandwidth demands. New protocols and unconventional link media have to be considered to keep the lights on and the bytes flowing.

The Machine That Hires Me

Have you ever read Ibrahim Diallo’s famous, scary, and funny blog post The Machine Fired Me? Ibrahim, working as a software developer, accidentally got fired. Thanks to a fully automated business process his key card, used for physical accessing the facilities, stopped working. Various accounts for all kinds of work-related systems got disabled and he did not receive pay for three weeks. The automation was so powerful, he had to be re-hired to get back into the system.

SREcon Europe (Report)

What an exhausting conference! So many learnings, valuable conversations, and interesting workshops. Day One: Roundup We all started the conference together, in the large ballroom. I learned from Theo Schlossnagle and Heinrich Hartmann that data ingestion at Circonus never stops and that they had to apply impressive engineering to handle the massive load that billions of time series produce. Afterwards, Corey Quinn and John Looney entered the stage with their Song of Ice and TireFire.

Touching Production: What does that mean? (Part 1)

Sometimes people ask me what I do all day as an SRE. I usually reply that I touch production every day. But what does touching production even mean? Let me share the typical SRE task of preparation for touching production at eGym (the company I work for).