Karsten's blog

You Want it Darker

Most of my work involves using a terminal application on macOS. Having used iTerm2 for quite a long time I recently switched to Alacritty. Why? Because it is very sleak simple and fast! My favorite color theme nord is quite dark so it’s easy to the eyes and matches the ‘mood of 2021’ too 😒 Looks like this: You need a thing or two to make this work: Install alacritty and a decent font brew install alacritty brew install --cask font-source-code-pro-for-powerline Create a config file at ~/. Read more →

MacBook as an ephemeral device

Bootstrap and configure a MacBook Even my MacBook is becoming more and more ephemeral. Years ago I spent hours to get started on a new hardware. Nowadays I want it to be done quick and reproducible. And the less dependencies the better. So ask yourself if your MacBook does survive the 10th floor test: “Can I grab a random machine and throw it out the tenth-floor window without adversely impacting users for more than 10 minutes? Read more →

Chef Provisioning on Azure

Chef as a one stop solution on Azure I managed to talk about Provisioning with Chef on ChefConf2019. Meeting nice peoples from various countries which build a vibrant Community around Chef was a lot of fun! Introduction I talked about our implementation using Chef as a One-Stop Solution on Microsoft Azure. Use use Chef Cookbooks to provision infrastructure, deploy and configure software Thogh it is quite uncommon to use Chef to provision infrastructure we prefer this over using other tools Use Azure Pipelines for CI/CD to automate provisioning Do compliance testing with Inspec and use Chef Automate to represent the results Here are the slides on Slideshare a shot from the talk in Seattle and an audio recording of my talk: Read more →