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Why I Aeropress Coffee but Automate Everything Else

Many of my presentations start with me quoting the Rule of Three. Then I tell you three things about myself: I’m lazy I despise inconsistency Did I mention I’m lazy? The reason that these are important things to know is that being lazy is a fundamental reason why I have leapt into automation from early on in my career. Being …

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Deploying a Turbonomic Instance on DigitalOcean using Terraform

This is one of those posts that has to start with a whole bunch of disclaimers because this is a fun project that I worked on this week, but is NOT an officially supported deployment for Turbonomic. This is done as much as an example of how to run a Terraform deployment using a cloud-init script as it is anything …

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Using jq to pretty print JSON output

If you haven’t already discovered jq, you definitely need to take a look.  This nifty little tool is handy for manipulating JSON content at the command line and within scripts.  The first quick thing I think will be helpful is showing how to pipe raw JSON output to jq to pretty print it (aka show it in the nice nested view). …

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Using the –no-provision directive for Vagrant when resuming machines

It seems that there is an active issue when resuming machines using Vagrant that triggers provisioning scripts on resume and not just when doing the original vagrant up command. EXAMPLE: The issue here is that I already have the build script executed on the original vagrant build of the machine.  The scripts may not be idempotent, and could overwrite content …