The Shipyards

N. Harrison Ripps' weblog. Mostly tech with occasional forays into life beyond the screen.

That App You Love is Headed to!

Work Linux Open Source

Starting back in September I published a series of articles for the Red Hat Developer Blog under the series title “That App You Love”: Making a Connection Immutable but Flexible - What Settings Matter? Every Setting in Its Place Designing a Config-and-Run Container Upping Our (Cloud) Game Container, Meet Cloud Wired for Sound A Blueprint for “That App You Love” Storage and Statefulness Long Live “That App You Love” I submitted a talk proposal summarizing the highlights of the series, along with some additional notes on cloudify-ing legacy apps, to the annual DevConf.

6 Dec 2016 #docker #OpenShift #Kubernetes #cloud

A Sunbeam for Mia


We lost Mia today. I’ve always read posts like this with some amount of indifference because in the back of my head I am thinking “this is just an animal” and “this is not a person”. And so I forgive you for feeling the same way. I understand that response. This stream of thoughts is really for me, and it is also for my wife and kids and anyone else who feels the loss of our “just a cat” as acutely as I am feeling it right now.

18 Mar 2016

Advice From an Open-Source Hiring Manager

Work Open Source

In Decemeber of 2014 I transitioned from fifteen years of being a developer into being one of the people managers on a really amazing team here at Red Hat. All told, my first year in this role has been a tremendous learning experience for me. If you are interested in becoming a part of a team like this one, here is some advice for you based on the dozens of interviews I have conducted over my first 15 months.

18 Feb 2016

Comments on backing up a Linux laptop.

Open Source Linux

My primary workhorse right now is an HP Omen running Fedora 22. Thinking and talking about how to restore my work environment from a total failure, I came to the conclusion that there are three primary things that need to be preserved: Item 1: My entire user directory under /home, since that’s where all my stuff is. Solution: Crashplan is impressing me - slick commercial-quality UI, completely free for mounted “local” disk backups and peer-to-peer backups through their central broker.

13 Aug 2015

My Family’s Experience With WOW Airline, Told in a Series of Tweets.

Life Social Networking

[NOTE: WOW Airline did reach out and make this right for us. Calling customer support didn’t help, but calling them out on Twitter did. That is an unfortunate precedent, but welcome to our new social-media-driven society.] If I can prevent one family from having this experience with WOW Airlines, then it was worth being public about it. @wow_air My family had a really disappointing experience getting from CPH to BOS on your airline.

23 Jul 2015

New Challenges, New Tools

Work Apple Linux

I almost feel like a traitor, which is a weird way to feel about consumer electronics. But my next laptop is not going to be a MacBook. Our current development work on OpenShift requires easy access to a docker service, and Boot2docker just doesn’t cut it. Apple provides an excellent ecosystem of interrelated apps; they find ways to make it easy to move content from one app to another that seem intuitive.

10 Jun 2015