Internet Authorship - Content Size and Frequency

Internet Authorship - Content Size and Frequency

Andrew Latham

While watching Rand talk about this I was looking for the option to instantly buy him a beverage of his choice. To often I see these reports on best practice and averages that aspire to address every type of content in every industry. Not all audiences are the same for all industries. I was thinking about this and a great comparison could be measurement conversion in cooking where a short concise answer that is less than 10 words is more useful for the audience versus content describing the history of cooking flour where we would expect longer content and even citations to more content both online and off.

Write a lot of content to become a better content creator. Publish content for the domain or site that your audience would find useful. Review your metrics always.

Andrew Latham

On August 15, 1994 Linux was trademarked and there is a fun history about that. Happy Linux the Name Day!

Andrew Latham

Playing with some libvirt stuffs and setup a quick task to get my HVM nodes working the way I want. Will update with some fine tuning over time.


- name: HVM Packages to install 
    name: "{{ item }}"
    state: latest
    - qemu-kvm
    - libvirt-clients 
    - libvirt-daemon-system

- name: Add user to group
    name: hvm
    groups: libvirt-qemu,libvirt
    append: yes
Andrew Latham

On systems like Debian Stretch with systemd the time sync is baked in but will not run if the legacy NTP package is installed at all so here is a howto/demo of what to do.

# apt-get purge ntp
# systemctl restart systemd-timesyncd.service
# systemctl status systemd-timesyncd.service 
● systemd-timesyncd.service - Network Time Synchronization
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/systemd-timesyncd.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
  Drop-In: /lib/systemd/system/systemd-timesyncd.service.d
   Active: active (running) since Fri 2017-08-11 10:09:11 CDT; 3s ago
     Docs: man:systemd-timesyncd.service(8)
 Main PID: 31413 (systemd-timesyn)
   Status: "Synchronized to time server ("
    Tasks: 2 (limit: 4915)
   CGroup: /system.slice/systemd-timesyncd.service
           └─31413 /lib/systemd/systemd-timesyncd

Aug 11 10:09:11 nodeone systemd[1]: Starting Network Time Synchronization...
Aug 11 10:09:11 nodeone systemd[1]: Started Network Time Synchronization.
Aug 11 10:09:11 nodeone systemd-timesyncd[31413]: Synchronized to time server (
Andrew Latham

Clean installs directly from the repos...

Using libvirt (virsh/virt-install/virt-manager) you can install from the HTTP repo of a Linux distribution to be super lazy. During installation you simply provide the URI in the location field or tools like virt-manager will have an option in the wizard.

For Debian you would use:

For CentOS which lacks a CDN mirror or I could not find it quickly, you can try:
Andrew Latham

My evil list of how to win!

  • No authentication required internally to read-only see the status and flow of a product - linkable steps any boss, support or manager can follow
  • Defined roles for gating products. Not named persons for gating.
  • Full or part time documentation curator. Great entry level position for person separate from the development or operations process.
  • Style Guides, Unit Testing, and Coverage reporting. Don't test everything, just most things!
  • Topic centric meetings with recorder (maybe the documentation curator)
  • Encourage failure disclosure, discourage boasting.
  • In project/agile user stories/etc use standard verb namespacing. Overly vague incomplete example:
    • Design widget requirements
    • Review widget requirements
    • Design widget solutions
    • Select widget solution
    • Define widget interfaces
    • Develop widget component A-Z
    • Validate widget meeting requirements
    • Define QA process
    • Define Release process
    • Release to QA
    • etc...
  • Document the product. Linking to the product source code is not a horrible idea to start documentation.
  • Iterate - work on bite sized items and keep moving forward while validating against the requirements at every step.
    • Validation is a process to mitigate project drift and accidentally report success. Do not reverse this idea.
  • Make it known that the functional deliverable is the product, reports that everything is awesome are not the product.
    • Management and or micromanagement is a distraction. Create clear communication that asymmetrical information is not useful for success.
  • Do not allow tools to decide workflow.
    • Tools can be replaces but workflow is hard to develop. Value the agreed workflow more than a tool
  • Morning pleasantries - Discuss life, food, sports, whatever prior to any issue, get a feeling for the day.
    • Call it morning pleasantries, really do...
    • A person's relative could have passed away over the night, never assume, be human
  • Standups have little value when roles are clear. Dispersed teams are impacted by standups
    • Decide if the roles are accurate and projects/jobs are defined.

TL;DR; Enable for humans.

Andrew Latham

A very evil example of showing it can be done...

So you have a domain like that you want to alias to What is happening is at the root of the is an @ or base or apex record that per the RFCs must be an IP address.


$ORIGIN com.
com.                  IN  SOA (1 3H 15 1w 3h)   IN CNAME

$ORIGIN  IN  SOA (1 3H 15 1w 3h)
       IN  NS
       IN  NS
ns         IN  A
www    IN  CNAME

What we are doing

The goal here is to server and CNAME it to which is not supposed to work. What I am actually doing is creating a zone for .com and then answering with a CNAME for then reseting the $ORIGIN quickly so the zone now becomes the zone for I also show the CNAME as an example of how it is normally done and the base driver for this issue. In the browser address bar the user does not understand the difference between the two and this hack is a dangerous and silly hack to make the user happy.

Don't do this....

Only do this in a Lab or test setup to prove things out. People will not like you for doing this in the real world.

I glossed over a ton of details to keep this readable.

Please use with extreme caution and configure and secure your DNS infrastructure properly.

Andrew Latham


Analyzing code to look for irregularities most commonly done with language specific Style Checks is a method of discovering things about the code and possibly some pointers to resolving issues.