Automated Kubernetes PV backups using Velero and Tailscale

Posted: 2023-05-01 20:46:12 |
Last update: 2023-05-01 20:46:12

The question of how I should do backups on my Kubernetes cluster is one I've been thinking about for too long. After running it for almost two years now, I have finally figured out how I want to do it

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Is BlueSky a threat to the Fediverse?

Posted: 2023-05-01 10:24:58 |
Last update: 2023-05-01 10:24:58

BlueSky is a federated social network that started as a project within Twitter. They just launched a private beta and people are saying that this'll mark the end of the Fediverse. I don't think so.

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My personal look back on KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2023

Posted: 2023-04-30 14:16:26 |
Last update: 2023-04-30 14:16:26

This year I was able to attend KubeCon for the first time, which was really nice. Since this blog is mostly a conference diary at this point, I thought I'd write a bit about my experience there.

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A look back at Hacking in Parallel

The electronic badge from hacking in parallel. The badge contains a beautiful picture of a fairy dust and some stars as well as some text explaining what it can do. I have programmed it to show a colorful gradient.
Posted: 2022-12-31 19:41:50 |
Last update: 2022-12-31 19:43:51

Instead of a Chaos Communication Congress, there were multiple decentralised events this year. Hacking in Parallel was the one I attended and it was a lot of fun. Here's a quick look back on it.

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We need to get rid of mandatory work hours

Posted: 2022-08-21 16:47:00 |
Last update: 2022-08-21 17:22:00

Working to complete hours, rather than a pensum of tasks is both demoralising and unproductive. I say we should get rid of the whole damn concept. At least for those for whom it does not work.

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A look back at GPN20

Posted: 2022-05-26 15:49:25 |
Last update: 2022-05-26 15:57:51

After 3 long years, the 20th Gulaschprogrammiernacht finally took place this may. I went there, held 3 talks and had an overall great time. After events like this, I like to write a small look back..

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A look back on rC3 nowhere

Posted: 2022-01-13 19:43:56 |
Last update: 2022-01-13 19:44:34

It's been two weeks since the conference ended and I wanted to share some of my thought and experiences, especially those concerning prerecording talks, which I did for the first time this year.

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Ingress-Nginx: Custom error pages that won't burn (chrome users') eyes out

Posted: 2021-08-07 17:51:49 |
Last update: 2021-09-22 19:52:03

It's really easy to add custom error messages to the Nginx Ingress Controller. Thanks to a neat little meta tag, it is also possible to respect OS color scheme settings without touching any styles at all. In this post I want to show you how to quickly accomplish both.

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Migrating my personal infrastructure to Kubernetes

Posted: 2021-07-30 12:02:38 |
Last update: 2021-07-31 15:32:00

Over the last month I have been working on migrating my personal infrastructure into a new self hosted Kubernetes cluster. You may ask yourself why and how I did that. If so, this is the blog post you probably want to read.

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This blog finally has an RSS feed (and other updates)

Posted: 2021-04-18 16:39:27 |
Last update: 2021-04-18 16:39:27

I finally got around to adding an RSS feed to my blog -something I had been procrastinating for over a year which ended up taking nearly no time at all to do. To "celebrate" this, I decided to write a little post, explaining what I've been up to in the last few time units.

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Choosing a work laptop in 2021

Posted: 2021-03-27 17:51:32 |
Last update: 2021-11-15 18:19:04

I recently started my first job where I didn't get a hand-me-down work machine that more "valuable" employees had stopped using because it had gotten too slow, and instead was allowed to freely choose my own computer, within a generous budget. This proved to be a bit harder than I had anticipated but I ended up finding a machine that I really like.

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CLT 2021 Talk Slides

Posted: 2021-03-14 15:09:45 |
Last update: 2021-07-30 19:40:10

Today I spoke about accessibility at the "Chemnitzer Linux Tage." The talk is a German adaptation of the one I held at rC3.

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Emoji domains - A cautionary tale

Posted: 2021-01-19 16:45:48 |
Last update: 2021-03-19 22:03:28

Since I was unemployed earlier this year, I had time to polish up my portfolio and build some smaller new projects to hopefully help me in finding a good job. One such small project was not quite thought through before I started. I decided that since emoji are "allowed" in URLs and emoji 13 added a transgender pride flag, I wanted a website with that emoji in its url. It did not go quite as planned..

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Building (less in-) accessible web sites - rC3 talk slides

Posted: 2020-12-27 18:48:22 |
Last update: 2021-07-30 19:43:48

On the first day of rC3 I held a talk on how to get started with accessible web development. In this post I want to talk a bit more about it, link some "further reading" and publish my slides.

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A not quite creepypasta

Posted: 2020-11-13 18:24:27 |
Last update: 2020-11-13 18:38:11

Today is Friday the 13th in a year that for many is spooky enough as is. That is why I decided to write a little scary story based on **real life events**

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Accessibility is not a one-off project

Posted: 2020-10-04 13:59:15 |
Last update: 2020-10-04 13:59:15

When discussing weather or not to spend time and effort into making products accessible, it's common for management to say that accessibility is not the priority right now and that it's going to be patched in at a later time. However, I believe that even a minimum viable product has to be accessible and that anything that isn't is not viable. -Especially considering that this later time at which accessibility is patched in likely will never come because other things have a higher priority. In this post I want to show my view on how to develop software that can be used by as many people as possible.

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Icon fonts must die.

Posted: 2020-08-21 20:45:47 |
Last update: 2020-10-03 23:15:11

Other people have written about this as well, but I thought I might show my perspective on why icon fonts shouldn't have been used 5 years ago and certainly should not be used today.

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How to try out the fediverse and actually keep using it

Posted: 2020-02-11 19:03:56 |
Last update: 2022-05-05 21:08:49

Every couple of months there's a wave of sign ups on the fediverse, caused by twitter being.. twitter. Most people don't actually stay on fedi because it is, in fact, not twitter. In this post I'm trying to share my perspective as someone who abandoned twitter for good and try to give a few hints on how to actually stay.

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Behind this blogs simplistic design

Posted: 2020-01-06 18:48:46 |
Last update: 2022-09-30 09:01:19

I know, this blog is nothing special, design wise (otherwise as well but that might change) but I wanted to write a short post talking about why I designed it this way. The "idea" for this came to me when I randomly came across someone else's blog that looked pretty much exactly the same.

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My first congress and blogpost! Thoughts on 36c6

Posted: 2020-01-01 19:27:01 |
Last update: 2021-08-07 20:52:42

This year I was finally able to attend the chaos communication congress for the first time in my life. While there, I wrote a blogging software - the one you're looking at right now. Because a blog without any posts looks.. let's say not too great, here's a little "diary" of my experiences at 36c3.

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