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Where has my focus been the past few months?

I'm sure everyone has probably noticed a steady decrease in the amount of blog posts I put out. If you pay attention to twitter, you might have seen a shift in my focus.


VMware has been good, but there comes a time when you need to pump the brakes. I've reached a point where I don't care about the intricate details of all the vSphere products and trying to be an expert in them. If there is one thing that VCE has taught me, it's that converged and hyper-converged infrastructure is removing the need to be in expert in the core product set. There will come a time when you realize knowing storage pathing policies or trying to understand the DRS algorithm is pointless. And with EVO:Rail coming to market (and once it becomes fully baked) you won't need to know how to administer the environment what-so-ever, negating the need for many of those VCP skills. Argue with me all you want, but the goal is abstraction from vSphere for many product sets.


I turned my focus to IaaS offerings with vCloud Director then vCloud Automation Center and UCS Director to bring everything up to a higher order of control. This is what I talk about in my every day job. But I still look at IaaS like, "there has got to be more".


I started learning Ruby back in September of 2013 and have since released a few different Rails applications including JumpSquares.netMonsterRemote, and Simple World Cup Stats. I've also started diving into more languages recently and I'll get to that later. So what led me to this point?


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My Synology SynoLocker Debacle

It all starts with a text message from my wife...



Of course, all of the DS iOS apps fail to connect to the device. This has happened before. I figured I'll just open up the browser when I get to my Mac and restart the services. Then I get this screen.



My first thought was WTF? Took a screencap and put it out on twitter thinking Synology installed some encryption service on my device through some automatic update. Then the swarms of "oh no..." tweets come replying back. Apparently, I must have been hiding under a rock. And I was. For the past two weeks I've been heads down doing some front-end web development training. I literally saw nothing over the prior week about SynoLocker.


Don't know what SynoLocker is? It's a form of malware/ransomware based on a different strain of the Cryptolocker ransomware. Once you are infected, all of your files are overwritten with an encryption algorithm that can only be decrypted with a key held by the person that created the strain. Essentially, your files are gone unless you pay the person a certain amount for the decryption key. SynoLocker ransomware scans the internet for port 5000 and 5001 and will return a Synology ACK. This means you have to have the management port of 5000 & 5001 exposed on the internet. Once discovered, the ransomware plants itself through an exploit and begins encrypting your files. The files targeted are <100mb because the larger the file, the longer the encryption process takes. Their target were smaller files such as documents and photos.


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JumpSquares 1.3.1 with Updated CSS

I'm going through some front-end web development training and the first few courses have been over CSS. We're all pretty accustom to manipulating CSS to do what we want to do, but have you ever started out with a blank slate and created your own CSS back-end without a template? I certainly haven't up until this point.


To utilize these new CSS skills, I figured I would update the homepage of to look like a nice fancy modern web page. When I was going through all of this, I realized I was using static containers instead of fluid containers with Twitter Bootstrap so I had to make a bunch of changes inside of JumpSquares. The latest version uses fluid containers, so we can actually cram more jumpsquares into a single screen by using every edge of space. At the same time, I fixed some minor issues in window and row spacing for twitter bootstrap. Therefore, the latest version of JumpSquares (Project Homepage) is now at 1.3.1

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IndyVMUG: Come watch my sessions on Docker & Cloud Foundry

Indianapolis VMUG (@IndyVMUG) is back in season again and it will be bigger than ever this year. If you've never been, it's one of the largest VMUG gatherings in the nation with a few thousand attendees. (register and see the schedule)


This year, there will be a dedicated User Content Track with a lightening talk format where all presentations are limited to 15 minutes. This is NOT in the Official VMUG Schedule so you will have to find it once you get there. If you have never been to a conference with <30min sessions, you are going to love it. With one hour sessions, people tend to start veering off into iDevice land around the 20 minute mark. These 15 minute sessions will allow you to get more out of the conference with lots of great information crammed in. This is being sponosored by the #vBrownBag folks so there will be NOTHING VENDOR RELATED!!!


I will present two lightening talks:

  1. 11:00am - Riding The Next Wave: Docker Containers
  2. 11:30am - Riding The Next Wave: Cloud Foundry


I am tentatively scheduled for an afternoon track unless all the slots are consumed and other people want to present other topics.

  1. 2:30pm - Riding The Next Wave: Docker Containers
  2. 2:45pm - Riding The Next Wave: Cloud Foundry
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How to setup your Mac with VMware Fusion, Vagrant, and boot2docker

Yesterday I had some fun getting Vagrant + boot2docker working on my mac with VMware Fusion. It really wasn't all that hard but some people have had some issues so I'll document my steps. I chose to use VMware Fusion instead of VirtualBox for Vagrant because I don't need 2 products that essentially do the same thing. At the same time, Fusion has reported better consistency with experience and performance time and time again.


1. Install Vagrant

  • Go to the Vagrant Website downloads and install the vagrant package. That should have been relatively simple


2. Create a Vagrant directory

  • I created a Vagrant directory under my Documents folder. /Users/kcoleman/Documents/Vagrant
  • You will use this directory to place vagrant files


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OSCON 2014 Day 2 - Go & Continuous Delivery Tutorials

Back again with another update. Day two started off strong. It was tough to choose, but I opted to do Getting Started with Go and Continuous Delivery. There were definitely some other cool tutorials I wish I could have done such as Zero to Cloud with @NetflixOSS.


A cool free e-book to download OSCON 2014 speaker interviews


Eagerly awaiting another year of open source wonders, the community caught up with a handful of notable OSCON speakers to gather behind-the-scenes stories about their passions for open source. This book collects the interviews we conducted.


On to becoming a Gopher.


Steve Francia of MongoDB talked about his origin and how he began using Go and his baby is Hugo -> The slides and tutorial are all online and you can do everything at your own pace. This was an awesome session and Steve did a fantastic job explaining *why* we need Go, the problems it solves, and how to build our first application. If you do follow along with these slides, it could take you anywhere from 2-8 hours to do it. It's 250 slides and it was ALOT to take in. Everyone works at a different pace. Me, I was SLOWWWWW. I had GoClipse installed. I spent the first 15 minutes trying to get Go working correctly there. One of the guys from Google came over and said, never use Eclipse. So I jumped over to Sublime and worked furiously to catch up. First lesson learned. I'm going to supplement this with the Go tutorial on pluralsight.


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OSCON 2014 Day 1 - OpenStack & Docker Tutorials

It's Day 1 of OSCON and it's the first of the "tutorial days". It's similar to the few days leading up to VMworld where you can pay a little extra and go to the pre-conference bootcamps. You can look at the entire OSCON 2014 Schedule to see the list of tutorials and sessions.


The conference feel is unlike any of the big ones. There wasn't a single banner outside advertising the event and there were only a handful banners and signs inside that pointed where you needed to go. In fact, it took me about 10 minutes to figure out that OSCON was sharing the venue with 3 other Cons and I had to walk a quarter mile to get to the location.


As much as I really wanted to attend Get Started With the Arduino - A Hands-On Introductory Workshop, I figured it probably wasn't in my "career's" best interest. Maybe I'll do this tutorial next year since it's been going 4 years strong. So I opted to attend Getting Started with OpenStack: Hands on Tutorial with Egle Sigler & Cody Bunch, and Introduction to Docker: Containerization is the New Virtualization with James Turnbull.


Don't get me wrong, I'm not a new fish (shawshank reference) when it comes to OpenStack and Docker. I've spent a good deal of time messing with the both, but I've never taken any formal training. It's the same thing as your boss telling you "Go install vCenter" when you have no idea about the underlying features and functions of ESXi. When messing with any new technology I believe you need to grasp the foundation before you start going crazy. There's only so much you can learn from self-discovery and reading documentation. This is why I opted to take these "introductory" courses so I can learn from the people who make the product.

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