In this guide we’ll setup cloudflare and Pi-hole together with docker-compose to create a portable and reproducible secure DNS solution.
Take a look at your monthly invoice from your ISP. If you have a line item for equipment rentals, you’re being ripped off.
My favourite workstation is the Ultra 24 by Sun Microsystems.
Recently I’ve been intrigued by non-x86 developments in tech. Over the past few years as Moore’s Law has been breaking down, each new generation of x86 processors has been delivering smaller performance gains. Apple is rumoured to be building ARM-based MacBooks, Amazon is deploying ARM servers, Qualcomm is soon delivering the Snapdragon 8cx ARM processor for laptops. The performance is fantastic and power consumption will allow for laptops with all-day battery life. I’m excited.
In my early days with software, I couldn’t wait to upgrade to the latest versions of everything. Service Packs, patches, major new versions. I wanted to be running the latest and greatest versions of every piece of software I could on day zero.
At my first job, our tech lead who had been at this a lot longer than me took a more conservative approach. We wouldn’t upgrade major software like our database or operating systems without at least one service release being available. We wouldn’t adopt new major versions of language platforms until there had been a service release either. I was sometimes disappointed to have to wait for the latest and greatest, but I went along with it.
More than a decade later and I’m now completely on board with this. And there’s no zealot like a convert, so here I am writing about it.