#185 — September 26, 2018

Read on the Web

Web Operations Weekly

Zoho.com CEO Says Domain with 40M Users Suspended for Abuse Complaint — Lots of interesting pieces to this story, but essentially the main domain of a popular SaaS company was suspended by its domain registar and resulted in significant downtime for its users. At the very least, if your domain is a mission critical part of a multi-million dollar business, you might want to build a closer relationship with a more specialized registrar so you can get immediate support.

Hacker News

Running a Database on EC2? Your Clock Could Be Slowing You Down — A curious tale of a company discovering the EC2 instances running its Postgres cluster were particularly slow at getting the time and this had a performance hit on its analytics workload.

Kamal Marhubi (Heap)

Manifold Connects Your App to Dozens of Cloud Services 🔌⚡ — Our suite of cloud native integrations deliver Manifold-managed resources and secrets exactly where you need them, on the cloud of your choice.

Manifold sponsor

Introduction to HAProxy Stick Tables — Did you know the HAProxy TCP/HTTP load balancer includes an in-memory storage mechanism you can use to store and track information about users and their connections?

Chad Lavoie

How to Build an Energy-Efficient, Low-Tech Website — An interesting look at what’s involved in making a Web site as efficient as possible, right down to running a low power Web server off a solar panel and dithering images to make them less resource-intensive.


AWS Now Supports YubiKey Security Keys — You can now use a YubiKey (a Universal 2nd Factor security device) as the key for your IAM users.

Amazon Web Services

Cloudflare's 'Bandwidth Alliance': Sharing The Benefits of Interconnected Networks — A group of eleven (so far) Web infrastructure providers (including DigitalOcean, Linode, Google, and Microsoft) have allied with Cloudflare to reduce or eradicate interconnecting bandwidth fees.


Amazon Aurora Now Supports Stopping and Starting of Database Clusters — Aurora (which comes in a Postgres-compatible version) clusters can now be stopped (for up to 7 days) and restarted making it more useful and affordable for development and test purposes.

Amazon Web Services

💻 Jobs

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📘 Tutorials

Hands on with Linkerd 2.0 — A guide to the recently released Linkerd 2.0, a transparent proxy and service mesh that brings zero-config dashboards and CLI tooling for debugging, telemetry, and diagnostics to Kubernetes.

Thomas Rampelberg

Deploying Anycast DNS using OpenBSD and BGP

Jon Williams

How to Respond When a Deployment Introduces Instability or Bugs?

GoCD sponsor

Creating a Kubernetes Cluster on DigitalOcean with Python and Fabric

Michael Herman

Speeding up AWS CodeBuild with Custom Build Environments

Stephen Mann

💬 Stories & Opinions

Why Run Postgres on AWS EC2 Instead of Using RDS or Aurora?

Hacker News

How I Serve My Blog Over IPFS (the Interplanetary File System) — IPFS is a globally distributed immutable datastore.

Leo Tindall

Interested in OpenFaaS? Learn How to Get Started with Docker Swarm

DigitalOcean sponsor

▶  Designing Events-First Microservices — A look at what it means to be event-driven and how to apply an events-first domain-driven design to microservices-based architectures.

Jonas Bonér

▶  A Google Product Management Lead on What CI/CD Really Means — An interview with Michael Winser, the product management lead for Google Cloud Build.

B. Cameron Gain podcast

How Container-Based Architectures Require Different Networking

Jeroen van Rotterdam

🔧 Tools

NGINX 1.15.4 Released — Supports using the ssl_early_data setting with OpenSSL.


Apache Mesos 1.7 Released — Mesos is a distributed systems kernel that makes it possible to program against a datacenter as if it were a single pool of resources.

Apache Mesos

qutebrowser: A Keyboard-Focused Browser Built in Python

Florian Bruhin

GNU Shepherd 0.5.0 Released — Shepherd is a system service/daemon manager for Linux.

Ludovic Courtès