Skip to main content

things I did not use

My 20 pound pack was a pain in the ass. It was not that bad but could have been better. The reality is that wet weather hiking in the Big Cypress is drastically different than dry weather.

I did not really need to bring food on the trail although a snack would have been OK but I brought too much food.

My sitting pad was a waste. It was too wet to sit.

Rain jacket.  That's up for debate. The skies were clear during the hike but during the drive home the skies opened and I could barely see in front. Had I been caught in this deluge I would have pitched my tarp. I need a smaller hammock to reduce weight and I need to replace the straps with something lighter or even cordage.

I did not make any water. Neither of the other guys brought a filter. Just 2L each.

Sunscreen and mosquito repellent were #1 and 2 on the list of things I needed. The bugs were huge and I'm glade I doused my clothes in permethrin.

I lost my sunglasses very early in the hike. I need a better plan because I can get migraines from the sun.

The schemag was a waste. I have a mosquito net f things got bad.

First aid kit, compass, backup compass, emergency whistle, backup SAK; all not used but necessary.

Waste bag and trowel brought but not used. Necessary regardless but the idea of pooping with so many mosquitos is scary.

Using some cordage and an s-biner I was able to hang my pack on a tree while resting. I do not think I needed a waterproof bag.

I also made an Asian field hat from reflectix. I never used it because the guys told me it as overkill for the weather. I should have used it and it only occurs to me now that I could have used it as a scoop and sipping pad.

Things I need

  • smaller hammock
  • smaller microtowel
  • stool

Popular posts from this blog

Prometheus vs Bosun

In conclusion... while Bosun(B) is still not the ideal monitoring system neither is Prometheus(P).

TL;DR;

I am running Bosun in a Docker container hosted on CoreOS. Fleet service/unit files keep it running. However in once case I have experienced at least one severe crash as a result of a disk full condition. That it is implemented as part golang, java and python is an annoyance. The MIT license is about the only good thing.

I am trying to integrate Prometheus into my pipeline but losing steam fast. The Prometheus design seems to desire that you integrate your own cache inside your application and then allow the server to scrape the data, however, if the interval between scrapes is shorter than the longest transient session of your application then you need a gateway. A place to shuttle your data that will be a little more persistent.

(1) storing the data in my application might get me started more quickly
(2) getting the server to pull the data might be more secure
(3) using a push g…

Entry level cost for CoreOS+Tectonic

CoreOS and Tectonic start their pricing at 10 servers. Managed CoreOS starts at $1000 per month for those first 10 servers and Tectonic is $5000 for the same 10 servers. Annualized that is $85K or at least one employee depending on your market. As a single employee company I'd rather hire the employee. Specially since I only have 3 servers.

The pricing is biased toward the largest servers with the largest capacities; my dual core 32GB i5 IntelNuc can never be mistaken for a 96-CPU dual or quad core DELL

If CoreOS does not figure out a different barrier of entry they are going to follow the Borland path to obscurity.

Weave vs Flannel

While Weave and Flannel have some features in common weave includes DNS for service discovery and a wrapper process for capturing that info. In order to get some parity you'd need to add a DNS service like SkyDNS and then write your own script to weave the two together.
In Weave your fleet file might have some of this:
[Service] . . . ExecStartPre=/opt/bin/weave run --net=host --name bob ncx/bob ExecStart=/usr/bin/docker attach bob
In sky + flannel it might look like:
[Service] . . . ExecStartPre=docker run -d --net=host --name bob ncx/bob ExecStartPre=etcdctl set /skydns/local/ncx/bob '{"host":"`docker inspect --format '{{ .NetworkSettings.IPAddress }}' bob`","port":8080}' ExecStart=/usr/bin/docker attach bob
I'd like it to look like this:
[Service] . . . ExecStartPre=skyrun --net=host --name bob ncx/bob ExecStart=/usr/bin/docker attach bob
That's the intent anyway. I'm not sure the exact commands will work and that's partly why we…