Category: Software

  • Centralized Authentication: My Hotel California

    When I left my previous role, I figured I would have some time before the idea of a centralized identity server popped back up. As the song goes, “You can checkout any time you like, but you can never leave…” The Short Short Version This is going to sound like the start of a very…

  • Tech Tip – Formatting External Secrets in Helm

    This has tripped me up a lot, so I figure it is worth a quick note. The Problem I use Helm charts to define the state of my cluster in a Git repository, and ArgoCD to deploy those charts. This allows a lot of flexibility in my deployments and configuration. For secrets management, I use…

  • Using Git Hooks on heterogenous repositories

    I have had great luck with using git hooks to perform tool executions before commits or pushes. Running a linter on staged changes before the code is committed and verifying that tests run before the code is pushed makes it easier for developers to write clean code. Doing this with heterogenous repositories, or repos which…

  • Spoolman for Filament Management

    “You don’t know what you go ’til it’s gone” is a great song line, but a terrible inventory management approach. As I start to stock up on filament for the 3D printer, it occurred to me that I need a way to track my inventory. The Community Comes Through I searched around for different filament…

  • Updated Site Monitoring

    What seemed like forever ago, I put together a small project for simple site monitoring. My md-to-conf work enhanced my Python skills, and I thought it would be a good time to update the monitoring project. Housekeeping! First things first: I transferred the repository from my personal GitHub account to the spydersoft-consulting organization. Why? Separation…

  • Building a Radar, Part 2 – Another Proxy?

    A continuation of my series on building a non-trivial reference application, this post dives into some of the details around the backend for frontend pattern. See Part 1 for a quick recap. Extending the BFF In my first post, I outlined the basics of setting up a backend for frontend API in ASP.Net Core. The…

  • Terraform Azure AD

    Over the last week or so, I realized that while I bang the drum of infrastructure as code very loudly, I have not been practicing it at home. I took some steps to reconcile that over the weekend. The Goal I have a fairly meager home presence in Azure. Primarily, I use a free version…

  • Automating Grafana Backups

    After a few data loss events, I took the time to automate my Grafana backups. A bit of instability It has been almost a year since I moved to a MySQL backend for Grafana. In that year, I’ve gotten a corrupted MySQL database twice now, forcing me to restore from a backup. I’m not sure…

  • My Introduction to Kubernetes NetworkPolicy

    The Bitnami Redis Helm chart has thrown me a curve ball over the last week or so, and made me look at Kubernetes NetworkPolicy resources. Redis Chart Woes Bitnami seems to be updating their charts to include default NetworkPolicy resources. While I don’t mind this, a jaunt through their open issues suggests that it has…

  • Upgrades and Mermaids

    What I thought was going to be a small upgrade to fix a display issue turned into a few nights of coding. Sounds like par for the course. MD-TO-CONF I forked RittmanMead’s md-to-conf project about 6 months ago in order to update the tool for Confluence Cloud’s new API version and to move it to…