GitLab 8.10 Released with Wildcard Branch Protection and Manual Actions for CI

Jul 22, 2016 GitLab enables you to go faster from idea to production. With every GitLab release we want to improve this and with 8.10, GitLab is yet again faster than ever. With GitLab 8.10, reviewing code and making sure it gets merged is easier and snappier than ever with many improvements to diffs and protected branches. And when it’s time to deploy, you can now do a manual check before deploying with a single click, with manual actions. This month’s Most Valuable Person (MVP) is Winnie! Winnie has been incredibly helpful fixing bugs in GitLab and even triaging issues on GitLab.com. Thanks Winnie! Wildcard Branch Protection To make sure your branches don’t get deleted or accidentally pushed to, you can protect them. This even allows you to prevent people with lower permission levels to push or merge to these branches, which is very convenient for production and release branches.


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My Raspberry Pi cluster

So I accidentally ordered too many Raspberry Pi’s. Therefore, I built a small cluster out of them. I thought I’d write up a parts list for others wanting to build a cluster.To start with is some pics of the cluster What you see is a stack of 7 RPis. At the bottom of the stack is a USB multiport charger and also an Ethernet hub. You see USB cables coming out of the charger to power the RPis, and out the other side you see Ethernet cables connecting the RPis to a network. I’ve including the mouse and keyboard in the picture to give you a sense of perspective.

Here is the same stack turn around, seeing it from the other side. Out the bottom left you see three external cables, one Ethernet to my main network and power cables for the USB charger and Ethernet hub. You can see that


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Kubernetes at Box: Microservices at Maximum Velocity

A few years ago, we began splitting up the monolithic PHP application that powers Box into microservices. We knew we’d ultimately need dozens (even hundreds) of microservices to be successful, but there was a serious problem: our model for provisioning new services was slightly… antiquated. And by antiquated I mean that people in the 1800’s probably had better ways of building and deploying microservices than what we had at Box.
In the beginning
If you wanted to deploy a new production service, you first had to ask the operations team for dedicated hardware. That’s right – because we started Box both before AWS and before virtualization was internally practical, much of our technology stack was still fundamentally based on bare metal servers dedicated to specific services. It could take weeks (or even months) to get your hardware ordered, racked, and online. Then you had to write Puppet profiles to customize your specific


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Why a Verizon and Yahoo merger would be like Microsoft snapping up CompuServe

Wait, what?If this rumor about Verizon buying Yahoo for $5B is true, we have an honest to goodness schadenfreude moment for me as someone who remembers the days of the Buddy List, giant banner ads (which is actually still common at Yahoo Mail for some reason), and those plastic discs they might still sell at Walmart for gaining “high-speed Internet” access.As you may know, Verizon also owns AOL. Those three letters, combined with the Yahoo exclamation mark, create some vivid memories. Few of them are good ones. I remember having to wait for my modem to connect to AOL back in the day, and for the banner ads at Yahoo.com to finish loading. It’s a curious development, but it makes about as much sense as other luminous icons of tech combining into an ungodly entity driven by brand dominance.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please


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AMD mulls a CPU+GPU super chip in a server reboot

AMD emerged as a serious threat to Intel in servers more than a decade ago, but after a series of missteps and bad chips, the company’s server business is hanging on by a thread.
Now, AMD is rebooting its server chip business with the upcoming Zen CPU, which will also be used in PCs. AMD is getting creative with Zen and considering merging the CPU with a high-performance GPU to create a mega-chip for high-performance tasks.
“It’s fair to say we do believe we can combine a high-performance CPU with the high-performance GPU,” AMD CEO Lisa Su said during an earnings call on Thursday.
Su’s comment was in response to a question on whether AMD would ultimately combine its Zen CPU with a GPU based on the upcoming Vega architecture into one big chip for enterprise servers and supercomputing.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Build Your Own Raspberry Pi-Powered Telescope

Telescopes are great, and while you can snag a decent one for relatively cheap, making your own is always more fun. If you don’t mind putting in a bit of effort, Make walks you through making your own with a 3D printed case.Read more…


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City of Boston launches Boston.gov on Drupal

Republished from buytaert.net

Yesterday, the City of Boston launched its new website, Boston.gov, on Drupal. Not only is Boston a city well-known around the world, it has also become my home over the past 9 years. That makes it extra exciting to see the city of Boston use Drupal.
As a company headquartered in Boston, I’m also extremely proud to have Acquia involved with Boston.gov. The site is hosted on Acquia Cloud, and Acquia led a lot of the architecture, development, and coordination. I remember pitching the project in the basement of Boston’s City Hall, so seeing the site launched less than a year later is quite exciting.
The project was a big undertaking, as the old website was 10 years old and running on Tridion. The city’s digital team, Acquia, IDEO, Genuine Interactive, and others all worked together to reimagine how a government can serve its citizens better digitally. It was an ambitious


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How to get your app noticed (on Google Play)

Got a developer account on Google Play? I do. And since Google mandates a public (support) email address, I get spammed daily by sleezeballs trying to sell me their “app promotion services” (aka clickfarms). Yeah, sure, I prefer free organic traffic over paid bots every day, thank you.
Speaking of which, how do you actually get your apps noticed in the quagmire, Google calls an appstore? Time for a case study, using my repository of open source apps (I never spent a dime on marketing any on those). In order of publication:
Sensor Readout
List My Apps
Remote Keyboard
Textfiction
Sensor Readout
was the first app I ever wrote for Android (just to learn the ropes) and obviously it classifies as a “toy”. An app you install to see what your phone can do, but certainly not a daily driver. It doesn’t get used often once installed, but since it is only 400kb in size, it rarely


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