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Setting up a Slack WebHook to Post Notifications to a Team Channel

If ChatOps is something you’ve been hearing a lot about, there is is a reason. Slack is fast becoming the de facto standard in what we are calling ChatOps. Before we go full out into making chatbots and such, the first cool use-case I explored is enabling notifications for different systems. In order to do any notifications to Slack, you …

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). …