A markdown based wiki about Linux, Open Source, VoIP and other geeky stuff.
What I'm up to today
For those who have known me for a couple of years now, you've learned that I was really into Linux, Postfix, OpenVPN and Asterisk for some time, back when I was managing 5 Linux servers or so.
As of today, I manage about 260, so I'm spending a lot of time automating, centralizing and orchestrating management with Saltstack, Salt Cloud, Rundeck, Jenkins, Nexus, Satellite, iTop and Graylog. In the same vein, I'm a huge fan of Automagic on Android, and Alfred on Mac.
Why a wiki?
Story time. I started this website in June 2005 (but bought the domain in March of the same year). The idea was to save whatever I was finding so I could look it up later if I needed again. I figured that I would put those notes online so it would probably be helpful to other people.
It all started as a self-hosted Wordpress blog as www.wains.be (changed to blog.wains.be around September 2011). I had a lot of times on my hands and I was able to interact with my readers. On the busiest months I was getting 20000 visits a month. After a while, spam and security issues became problematic, and the maintenance became a burden (files and database backup, PHP and security upgrades, etc.). As a result, I became kind of bored of maintaining it or even publishing anything.
Today, my focus has changed. I want to publish things quickly. From anywhere in the world, I want to be able to write, connected or not, and as soon as I connect, the content gets published.
So here we are, almost exactly 10 years later, I moved from a blog to a wiki platform in July 2015. The content is still there and I hope you find useful stuff.
Markdown is great because every articles of this site are stored on my MacBook. It is plain text so Alfred/Spotlight indexes the content, and I can just look up a word and I will get to the article source immediately. I can grep, sed, awk the hell out of them and bring correction very quickly.
It is also very easy to automate publications.
My workflow comes as follow:
- I edit articles locally with MacDown
- I commit changes to GitHub using GitHub Desktop
- I trigger a "git pull" with an Alfred workflow
- Article is online
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I like building simple, powerful, resilient, secure and automated infrastructures. Preferably based on open tools and protocols. Privacy is a main concern.
When I'm not busy at a computer, I travel, hike, camp out and take photos.
I work in Brussels, Belgium.
If you want to contact me, just look me up.
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