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Toys in the Attic

By johnwillis | August 23, 2012

The other day I was cleaning out my garage and I found an old cassette of a few songs I recorded around 1983. The lead parts on “Night of the Guillotine” and “Fly me to the Moon” are my magnificent nephew (RIP) Donald Dunham II.  If you ever get a chance to go into a studio and record some of your own songs I highly recommend it.   Please excuse the quality, converting cassettes to MP3 is not an exact science.

Night of the Guillotine

Fly Me To The Moon

Just One Of Those Stories

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Kanban – Atlanta Limited WIP Society

By John | May 30, 2012

I have fallen in love with Kanban and I have been motivated to start a Kanban meetup group in Atlanta.  Just for fun I have created the – Kanban – Atlanta Limited WIP Society.

Please pass the word.

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By John | August 18, 2011

Most of you probably already know that I have been working over at DTO Solutions for the past few months.  I wanted to post some information about things we are doing over here at DTO.

Devops Hack Days

We are ran a couple of customer and internal hackdays.  What we try to do in the hackday is complete the continuous delivery loop (Git to Prod or better knows as the Aha to Kaching).  Here are some links of past and upcoming public Hack Days.

DTO Internal Hack Day 8/11

Public Hack Day in Palo Alto


We are going CloudFoundry crazy over here at DTO.  One of our new customers is building their greenfield cloud on OpenStack and CloudFoundry.  We have been bought in to automate the Application Life Cycle (ALM) part of this architecture.  Here are some links…

DTO CLoudFoundry Wiki

Crowbar and Barmclamps

We also have been spending a lot of time working on the Cloudfoundry Cookbooks. Currently the Cloudfoundry VCAP repo has a set of cookbooks for installing with Chef Solo.  It is also complicated by the fact that you have to run two wrapper scripts to build the JSON data used by solo invocation.  We had to re-factor those cookbooks to work with Chef Server in order to work as a Barclamp (Crowbar Module).  This work is on going….

Running Crowbar under VMWare Fusion

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Devops Driven Demand

By John | May 17, 2011

We are honored to have a guest post on the “Agile Web Development and Operations” blog this morning.  Here is a tease…

What if DevOps created more defects, tickets, requests, and more overall work? Would that be a good thing or bad. Let’s take a look.

Read the rest here…

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The Five Why’s of Cloud

By John | May 9, 2011

In my “cloudy” travels from Cannonical, to Opscode, to DTO Solutions, I often ask a seemingly simple question to the companies I meet – “Why do you want to use the cloud?” – and I get an array of amazingly unsatisfying answers.

Read the complete post here.

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