A markdown based wiki about Linux, Open Source, VoIP and other geeky stuff.
Since this is a static website, there is no comment function. Instead, you can open an issue or submit a merge request on Github if you have a comment or if something is incorrect or requires clarification.
Opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer.
What I'm up to today
I'm a cloud and infrastructure senior consultant at Red Hat, the Open Source company.
I'm a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA). My certification ID is 110-643-822.
To learn more about our consulting services, check https://www.redhat.com/en/services/consulting.
What I have been up to in the past
For those who have been following me from the start, you've heard that I was really into Linux, Postfix, OpenVPN and Asterisk for some time, back when I was managing 5 Linux servers or so.
Then I changed jobs a couple of times and, and eventually managed more than 330 servers. In my last position before starting at Red Hat, I spent a lot of time automating, centralizing and orchestrating system administration and management with those tools:
At the personal level
My work environment
I work in a libvirt virtual machine running the latest Fedora with i3 tiling window manager. The host system is usually a Fedora latest.
I'm a die-hard shortcut keyboard user. I use a Ducky One 2 Mini mechanical keyboard.
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 notes about my findings so I could look them up later. I figured that I would share them online so it would probably help someone else down the line.
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, bots and security issues became problematic, and the maintenance became a burden (files and database backup, PHP and security upgrades, dist-upgrades, etc.). I became kind of bored of maintaining or even publishing anything.
I needed something different. Something more automated and less cumbersome.
I wanted to publish things quickly, from anywhere in the world. I wanted to be able to write offline, and see my content pushed online almost automagically as I was getting a connection.
So here we are, July 2015, almost exactly 10 years later, the blog platform became a wiki platform. The (somewhat aging) content is still there and I hope you find useful stuff.
In 2015, it was running Wikitten.
In 2017 revision, I moved to Mkdocs as Wikitten didn't have a search engine and was not actively developed.
I write articles on my personal computer.
Markdown has some great advantages :
- stored as plain text on disk
- content is indexed making it easy to find content with Alfred/Spotlight/grep
- you can grep, sed, awk the hell out of them and bring corrections very quickly
- can be stored in a Git repository
This is my current publication workflow:
- I edit articles locally with Visual Studio Code (yes, it is an open source Microsoft product, and it is very good)
- I commit changes to my GitHub
- With an Alfred workflow, I connect to my VPS and do:
- a "git pull" to retrieve updates
- rebuild the doc (which is served as static files by the HTTP server)
- Article is online
I like building simple, powerful, resilient, secure and automated infrastructures. Preferably based on open tools and protocols. Privacy and security are a concern.
When I'm not busy at the computer, I travel, hike, ski, camp out and take photos.
If you want to contact me, just look me up.
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