Author: Bill Fraser

Loose Coupling and Discovery of Services With Consul — Part 2

Creating a Consul Client Docker Image In my previous post, I demonstrated how to create a cluster of Consul servers using a pre-built Docker image. I was able to do this because our use case was simple: run Consul. In…

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Loose Coupling and Discovery of Services With Consul — Part 1

Today I would like to demonstrate the use of Consul to help achieve loose coupling and discovery of services, two important principles of service-oriented architecture (SOA) present in modern, elastic infrastructures. If you have ever designed an architecture to be…

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Making it Easier to Graph Your Infrastructure’s Performance Data

Today I would like to share a story with you about the development of a Puppet module for Grafana and its release on the Puppet Forge. But first, I’d like to provide some context so you can understand where Grafana…

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Using KateSQL to connect to an Oracle database in Kate

Among the features announced with the release of version 4.6 of the KDE Software Compilation is KateSQL, a SQL Query plugin for the Kate text editor. It leverages the Qt SQL module, enabling connections to most types of databases, and includes support for MySQL and SQLite. In this post I’ll show you how to get it to connect to Oracle databases.

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Blogrotate #24: The Weekly Roundup of News for System Administrators

Good afternoon and welcome to another edition of Blogrotate. Though I have been contributing to Blogrotate since its inception, this is the first time I have had the honour of posting it myself. Go me!

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Testing Thunderbird 3: What to do if it ‘shreds’ your threads

I use Mozilla Thunderbird at work for reading my email and, since Mozilla Messaging is approaching the release of Thunderbird 3, I decided to give the latest beta a try. I’m an Ubuntu user (8.04 “Hardy Heron” on my workstation) so I sought out a PPA for development versions of Thunderbird, and came across ubuntu-mozilla-daily. I added the repository to my apt config and you can too, here’s how:

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