R. Gary Cutbill

Contracts in the Cloud - DevOps Teams Learning from Engineering

A Story From Another Century

 A few years after its initial release, I had the opportunity to discuss development of Jini (more recently known as Apache River) with one of the lead software engineers on the project[1]. Jini has a very complex...

Blackjack! When Writing a Computer Program is Like Going to Vegas

I have a friend who used to be a member of the MIT Blackjack Team. He's fond of making the assertion that he could "teach a stick of wood to count cards". It's obviously hyperbole, but the point is that it's not that hard to teach somebody to...

Killing me softly: exploring an undocumented feature of bash

by R. Gary Cutbill | June 18, 2019 | IT Management, devops

I've been working on Unix systems in one form or another for, um, let's just say three decades or so. When it was new to me, not a day went by when I didn't learn something I hadn't seen before. Often, I would learn several new things in a day....


by R. Gary Cutbill | August 06, 2018 | Tools, IT Infrastructure

If you’re an Ansible user you know that in order to automate various IT services, you’ve got to write a playbook machine to a particular configuration. For complicated environments it’s common, and even preferred, that you break the work of a...

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