I was fortunate enough to record a podcast with the team at Adventures In Dev Ops just before Christmas. The recording has been fine tuned and now available on their web site here. From my perspective, the discussion was really interesting and explored a wide range of areas around the challenges of monitoring.
As the podcast is linked to the book we’re writing for Manning (Unified Logging With Fluentd), there is a discount code currently running – poddevopsadv20.
Thanks to Charles Wood and Jeffrey Groman for having me on as a guest.
Other news …
I will be presenting at the online conference Blueprint LDN, check out the subjects being covered, looks very interesting.
My blogging is way down compared with only a post about OKit – OCI Design (on Windows). It largely comes down to lots of work on our Fluentd book. Chapter 6 is now available in the MEAP. As the promo info says …
Earlier chapters have been tweaked, with some additional improvements which will make the live reading experience better.
Another chapter and an appendix should be finding their way to MEAP very soon as it was handed over by our project editor. That will make it seven chapters available, and all the appendices.
Whilst the peer review is taking place the chapter covering plugin development is progressing. The development work has got the basics of the output plugin with log events being stored in Redis and the input being worked on as well. If you want a peak, keep an eye on my GitHub repository (here).
We recorded a podcast with the excellent guys over at Adventures In DevOps. We don’t have the exact date for the podcast to be released, but I imagine it will sometime during Jan 2021. I’d recommend checking out the podcasts. I’ve been dipping into their back catalogue of recordings and the team ask some really thought provoking questions.
If that wasn’t enough, we’ve been fortunate enough to have some time to talk with leading members of the Fluentd and Fluent Bit projects which was a real pleasure. Hopefully, as we leave this horrendous year behind we’ll get to talk and possibly collaborate some more.
Earlier this week I was fortunate enough to be invited to participate in the bol.com’s TechLab podcast on logging. I understand this is the first time that Bol have had an external participant in one of their podcasts, so feeling very honored, not to mention having enjoyed the whole recording process.
bol.com are a European etailer, with a platform based capability. It was really interesting to talk about how they have approached logging in comparison to other organizations I’ve worked with over the years.
I’d recommend checking out not just this podcast (obviously) but others as well given that the guys have been very open about their platform and their experiences.
You can listen to the podcasts from the following links:
As a result of the recent Meetups on the subject of Helidon that have been occurring recently, we made the suggestion that Helidon is the subject of a Groundbreaker’s Podcast, net result I was invited to be part of the panel. The podcast was recorded a few weeks ago, and know available (here). Go check it out, as it includes the key contributors to the project Dmitry Kornilov and Tomas Langer.
So I’m probably up bending the spirit of the ODC Appreciation Day, as the focus should be on tech. But this year I’d like to flag the podcasts put together by Bob Rhubart. These are as at-least diverse in subject as the Oracle technology portfolio. One month the podcast will be about API and the next AI, from Women in Technology to NoOps. Even if the subject is not an area that may be of interest to you technically, the podcasts are still worth a listen you’ll encounter at least one nugget of interesting information.
I have been fortunate enough to participate in the recording of a couple of podcasts. That combined with having in a previous role been involved in recording and editing audio and video together means I can appreciate the effort that goes into producing the podcast. From gathering a group of different people together, often from around the world into a call isn’t always easy. Then editing the conversation to smooth out the introductions, pauses that can occur as all those non-verbal cues are lost, shed any background noise to give a cohesive podcast takes time and practise.
Bob and Javed might make it look easy when recording Periscope videos at Open World and other events, but that comes from being able to control the environment – something you can’t do when participants are so far apart.
Last month I was fortunate enough to have been invited to participate in another Oracle Developer Podcast. Rather than focusing on specific technologies, this focused on more how the thew job market is changing for IT and what might be driving change, and how things may change in the future. Check it out here.
As ever thanks to Bob Rhubart of the invitation, and putting together these excellent recordings.
I track a lot of podcasts as I find that they can be can be a great way to catch up with news and ideas or listen to interesting discussions. This is great when travelling (if you can block out the ambient noise with some good earphones) when sitting and working isn’t so easy (standing on a commuter train for example).
My podcasts come in a couple of categories, tech related, business / thought leadership – think Freakonomics, Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, Harvard Business Review, BBC Radio 4 documentaries and so on, and then music. The music podcasts are great fun because you can relate to what is being said in so many ways, the insight into the music you love, discovery of artists you’d not heard or considered, and a reminder of a song or album you’d not listened to for a while and get that jolt of ‘oh, yes I remember how wonderful that song is’ and you you end up roaming through (your) music from a different perspective.
I thought this would be something to share. Some of these are well known to any music fan, other less obvious …
Sound of Cinema – one of a couple of BBC programmes about music for film, this is the more ‘high brow’
Classic Album Sundays – Primarily recordings of the introductions to Classic Album Sunday events where an album is introduced. The ones I’ve heard are well researched and provide some interesting insights. Worth listening to then, playing the album afterwards
Life of a Song – A Financial Times podcast (yes FT does cover the arts). The presentation comes across as an attempt to be rather academic and high brow (which for me can irritate), but the content can be pretty interesting. This are fairly short podcasts
Mastertapes – An intermittent podcast, but really good. This takes the musician and really gets into the details of an album, the context in which it was recorded as a conversation. ~You could think of this as Radio version of the Classic Albums programmes.
Radio 4 on Music – A grouping for documentaries that Radio 4 make available. As a result the subject matter can be very diverse. But as you would expect from the BBC, production quality is very high and typically well researched.
Sound Opinions – A couple of well known music journals chat about news of the day, maybe recent releases and then a segment of the show focusing on a theme, such as the top 50 albums of the year.
Deezer Trailblazers – Interview with people that have had strong influence in the dance music scene from the founder of Mute Daniel Miller to Gary Numan. If you know about the artist already, you’re not going to get nuggets of gold in terms of new insights, but the love of music and references to songs will get you spinning off into your collection at interesting tangents. The podcasts made available so far I think where first recorded about 2 years ago.
Cover Stories – this pod cast is relatively short and kind of takes its idea from a 7″ single (remember the vinyl 45?). Two halves with each half a chat about a song and the various cover versions. There is a cleverness in the simplicity of this podcast as this feels like you’re sat hanging out with friends chatting about a song.
Twenty Thousand Hertz – Not so much music in the conventional sense, more about sound. The two parts of the THX Deep Note is fascinating (yes film again, but it is an iconic sound)
In addition to these some artists such as Counting Crows have their own podcasts. Perhaps another story for another day.
So I’ve been catching up with a pile of podcasts that I have been accumulating, including the BBC Radio 4 documentary series the Digital Human presented by Aleks Kotoski (twitter:@aleksk). In series 4 (Autumn 2013 – yes I’m ashamed to say I’ve got that far behind) Alex presented an episode called Value, which was rather special, in a series that is already fascinating.
Why special, well in under 30 minutes the programme explained brilliantly a couple of ideas that I have periodically tried to answer. As a music fan, I’ve often gotten involved with the arguments about which format is better, MP3s, CDs and vinyl. This argument has raged for a longtime and will continue for a long time (long passed when the music industry has collapsed through its inability to understand the end user). But, through trying to describe how our perception of value and its manifestation is affected (and perhaps changed) as result of the ease of access and gratification the internet offers us (no more finding specialist record stores, routing through piles of vinyl or CDs to find that 1 jem – see Vinyl Junkies). At the essence of the idea idea is that the investment of physical effort or emotion results in us imbuing the item with value. In the programme the idea of the effort to find something (hunting through stores etc) or the importance of a piece of music as it says something to us or about us.
But rather than me trying to repeat what the programme brilliantly explained – go invest 30 minutes of listening time.