On resolutions

It might seem like I’m a bit too late in publishing a post about resolutions but I think this is absolutely the right now. This is because the real effect/outcome of a resolution can only be evaluated after enough time has elapsed since its proclamation. Half a year is good enough time I think. Since lack of anticipation bombed my camping trip(long story), I decided to spend this fine day in a coffee shop and pen down my thoughts on the past six months.

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A New Beginning

I keep getting these moments, rather phases, where I feel like “remodelling” or “restructring” my life and stuff around me. Most of these phases usually go away with a bit of out-of-routine activities like hiking, extensive sleeping, cooking or cleaning up. Sometimes they dont and I end up with this profound feeling of changing something big around me. For me, that means devoting a LOT of time to a cause and see it through the end.

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Hike to Bandera Mountain

First hike of the season, and we decided to Bandera Mountain Turned out to be a normal hike and good one to start the season off. The trail went on a gradual pace before suddenly turning steep at the end. The awesome sights helped relieve the tiredness and we chugged along. This trail has a lot of other famous hikes like Defiance Mountain and Mason lake which we’re planning to cover this summer.

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Vegetable saute

I’ve been struggling with eating healthy food for some time now. The problem is not wanting to eat a healthy meal, it’s making it. For me, its not feasible to prepare food every day and I usually prefer to prepare enough for about four to five meals. I’m trying to cut down completely on rice, white or brown, which doesn’t make things easier because, well, because I love rice. Also, I didn’t want the ‘healthy’ stuff to be bland(or soupy) and feel like I’m having it for the sake of staying alive.

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Setting permissions on Amazon ECR repositories

Setting up permissions for images on Docker hub is pretty straightforward, which follows a simple Github-like model. Amazon (EC2 Container Registry)ECR is a great service for storing the images but setting correct permissions is slightly complicated. This is especially true when configuring user specific permissions on the images. We’ll create a few users and repos and set up repo permissions. We’ll use aws command line tool for this. Using cli makes it easier to script all the steps and automate the entire process.

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Riding across the Thar

After about two years of ‘situational procrastination’ , I finally managed to embark on the journey through Rajasthan on my trusted RE with my friend Karan (@grasskode). This was in no way an easy decision, especially this time around as my trip was short with a lot on the agenda but it had to be done for the sake of my sanity. This was a short four day trip with both of us on our bikes, mine RE Thunderbird Silver, 350 and his RE Thunderbird Black, 500.

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Costa Rica

This was a long awaited trip and out of all the options available, Costa Rica seemed to be the most recommended and easiest to get to. I’ve never been to a tropical rain forest, so was really looking forward to being there. I was prepared for extreme humid conditions, lots of rains, difficult hikes, good food and running into some wildlife I’ve only glimpsed upon on Discovery Channel. Frankly, I’m not too much into either the birds or bird photography, for which the places I was going to are famous for but doing this the first time was bound to be fun and something I could check off my list.

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Kubernetes cluster with flannel overlay network

This is the third an final post in the series where we play around with Docker and Kubernetes. The first two posts are available here: – Multi node kubernetes cluster – Docker overlay network using flannel In this tutorial I’ll try to explain how to bring up a multi node kubernetes cluster with an overlay network. This essentially combines what I’ve explained in previous posts. An overlay is necessary to fulfill the networking requirements for a fully functional kubernetes cluster.

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Pratt Lake

Me and Venky decided to this without much planning. The pics available online looked pretty good and the trail wasn’t too difficult. It was just long. Too long. Acutally, 12 mile doesn’t sound that bad but when its just dense forest for about 99 percent of the hike, boredom gets to you. Its a good way to just get lost in thought because, as I said, the trail is more of a stroll and there’s nothing much to see.

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Docker overlay network using Flannel

This is the next blog post in the series where I’ll attempt to build a full multi-node kubernetes cluster from scratch. You can find the previous post HERE where I describe bringing up a two-node cluster without using overlay network. The first thing you need once you start scaling up your containers on different hosts is a consistent networking model, the primary requirement of which is to enable two(or more) containers on different hosts to talk to each other.

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