Getting Started with Chef

Chef is super cool. The point of this post is to walk you through the basics of getting started solving a problem with Chef. The first thing we want to do is create a cookbook. A cookbook is, well, we don’t care yet. Trust me, we’ll get to it. Installing tools You need a few things on your local machine. To go through this, please install the following stuff:

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Help Mary Help Families In Need

As you may recall from last year, my roommate Mary “adopts” families in need every holiday season (you can read all the history here). Anyway, this year she has adopted two families, and your donations help h This year she has two families, with the plan to adopt a third if the donations make it possible (or even a fourth or fifth). Two single mothers, one with 3 kids, one with 2 kids.

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So You Want To Start A Tech Podcast…

I’ve been talking lately to a few folks, specifically Jason Hand, about “how to do a podcast”. For those of you who don’t know, I am the co-host and creator of the Arrested DevOps podcast, and have been doing this for a little over a year and a half. So, similar to my post about “what is DevOps anyway?”, I thought it was just as easy to write up a blog post explaining how we do things at ADO, and some tips I’ve learned along the way.

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DevOps – A Crash Course

It seems that about once a week, I get a message like this one: “So, I need to learn about this DevOps thing…where do I start?” In the interests of not having to keep sending the same email over and over again, I thought I would create a little blog post where I compile links to my favorite books, podcasts, talks, etc, for easy re-use. I’ll be adding to this post over time as I come across new stuff.

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My friend Mary needs YOUR help to brighten the holidays for three Chicago families

My roommate, Mary, has “adopted” not one, not two, but THREE families in need this Christmas. Last year she adopted a family of six, and had such an amazing experience she decided to up it by a factor of three. You can donate using Paypal, Chase Quickpay, Google Wallet, or Square Cash by sending the payments to notcontrary [at] gmail [dot] com. Here are the details of the adopted families:

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Hipster DevOps Happens To The Best Of Us

At the recent DevOpsDays Chicago event, Bridget Kromhout pointed out that there is no “pink-haired, exciting, thought-leadership conspiracy of hipster DevOps” – that we are all in this together. This resonated with me on a personal level, as I’ve gone through my own journey through this thing we call DevOps. I’ve got a couple thoughts on the matter that I wanted to jot down before I forget. Also, this is an exercise to see if I can remember my blog login password.

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Happy birthday, Sophia Margaret!

One year ago today, this little girl showed up: She is the best little Fifi-bunny ever. Today she is one year old and we love her so very much.

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Matt’s Top 10 Reasons Internet Friends Are Better Than Real Friends

Continuing my project of crowd-sourced blog topics, today’s suggestion was via @dutchface. I like it for two reasons: One, it’s an interesting topic. Two, it’s a list, and everyone knows that lists are good blog posts to do, because they are easy and everyone likes to read them. Internet friends are always available. Real-life friends have things like “jobs” and “families” which might make them not there when you are bored and need entertainment.

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Traces of Identity – Guest Post

_Today’s post is a guest post from the super-amazing @writetoreach. I also totally put up this picture without asking her, but it seemed appropriate. Yay coffee.)_ My name is Ashley and I blog at Writing To Reach You. When I asked for opportunities to guest blog, Matt offered me some space here and asked, “how about the personal and emotional implications of leaving portions of yourself and your content in a disparate and incongruent network that is both ephemeral and everlasting?

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How to get a lot of blog post titles in 24 hours

As you may recall, I am embarking on an experiment to crowd-source blog titles. I asked Twitter to suggest titles for blog posts using the hashtag #mattblog, and committed to writing a post for every title. Today’s post title comes to us from @gRegorLove, and it seemed like a great one to start with. I did have a tough time determing which one would be first, which is why I solicited the assistance of my good pal @FeliciaCago, who came up with a spreadsheet of all the topics along with her “invaluable feedback”.

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The Great Blog Title Challenge Thing

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND UNTIL 10 PM CST ON JULY 11, 2012: I am committing to writing a blog post for every suggested post title tweeted with the hashtag #mattblog. The first post will be written on July 12, with one post per day thereafter until all topics exhausted. I reserve the right to slightly edit the titles for NSFW words, SEO reasons, or general grammar fixes. READY…STEADY…GO!

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Apartments.com goes Hyper-V

If you follow me on Twitter, or are my friend on Facebook, you may have seen me posting links to various online articles about something called “Hyper-V“. Basically, earlier this year, my team here at Apartments.com migrated our virtualization platform from VMWare to Microsoft’s Hyper-V offering. Microsoft wrote up a case study on this experience, and due to that, I’ve been interviewed by several trade publications and quoted in a few articles.

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