S4E14: "The Way You Do the Things You Do"

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In this episode, we go into our specific areas of focus (our “roles”), what we would be interested in pursuing given the chance, etc.

Paden is now known as “Patches”.

Just the Tip

  • Paden talks about Nethogs (which we talk about a bit in S2E16).
    • Basically, viewing live usage of bandwidth consumption.


Starts at 17m32s.

I was drinking a Hoegaarden White. Paden was drinking Diet Dr. Pepper and water. Jthan was drinking Bulleit.

  • Our roles (and something we’d like to explore in the future)
    • Jthan mostly does storage and compute clusters.
      • He also does some minor work in deployments/config management.
      • He’d like to explore ZFS storage roles more, but…
      • If he had to change, he’d rather do monitoring and infrastructure.
      • He wants to write monitoring in Golang (sidenote, fuck Golang, their binaries are huge and they’re a PITA to build/distribute. GTFOH with that “bUt It’S jUsT a BiNaRy bullshit.).
    • Paden mostly handles patches/updates. (That’s why he’s now “Patches”.)
      • He’d be interested in pursuing infosec as a career
      • …But even changing companies would mean he would lose the rapport he has with his current boss (which he doesn’t want to lose).
    • I do a lot – trying to make our infra more uniform.
      • I write a lot of “glue” between services. I also write things sometimes like this.
      • I deal with high-level escalations (usually with our corporate clients’ engineers).
      • If I had to switch specialty/focus, I’d go with either low-to-mid deployments (PXE/iPXE, UEFI hacks, Kickstart, etc.), identity management (preferably using LDAP via OpenLDAP, Kerberos, RADIUS, etc.), or system management/interaction/automation via Python.

15 Clams

In this segment, Jthan shares with you a little slice of life. The title is a reference to this video. (2m16s in)

Starts at 50m0s.

Jthan is having struggles with Saltstack.



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Intro Waves Pictures of the Floating World click CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0
Outro Sometimes Frequency Decree click CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0
(All music is royalty-free, properly licensed for use, used under fair use, or public domain.)



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