Weeknotes - Static endgame, burrito cannons, ONIE fun

Hexo was my static site generator of choice for many years, until this last weekend. I wasn't pleased with my CI/CD environment, nor was it clean to only have the blog/ section of the site statically generated. Additionally, it felt like time to move on from the DigitalOcean App Platform—where this site was hosted until now—to something with a robust CDN like Netlify.

I can't say enough positive things about my latest, three-faceted setup:

  • Eleventy - flexibile and unopinionated static site generation
  • Netlify - hosting and build infrastructure emphasizing the JAMstack architecture
  • Netlify CMS - a git-backed CMS that can be used with any static site generator

Bookmarked

The Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel
https://idlewords.com/2007/04/the_alameda_weehawken_burrito_tunnel.htm

  • An old, unfortunately fiction, but always delightful read by Maciej Cegłowski.

You can still use a pager in 2021
https://debugger.medium.com/howto-using-a-pager-in-the-21st-century-6a57454ecde8

  • A pager is something I yearned for as a young kid before the era of ubiquitous cellular devices. Why not bring one back to life with a little bit of reverse engineering and SDR?

Replacing Elasticsearch with Rust and SQLite
https://nickb.dev/blog/replacing-elasticsearch-with-rust-and-sqlite

  • Even though Elasticsearch is a do-it-all storage engine it can be worthwhile to replace it with something more single-purpose and performant!

Teaching a cheap ethernet switch new tricks
https://blog.benjojo.co.uk/post/dell-switch-hacking

  • Having lived in the world of bare metal networking hardware, it's awesome to see ONIE-capable devices becoming accessible to more enthusiasts.