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Technology Short Take 141

Welcome to Technology Short Take #141! This is the first Technology Short Take compiled, written, and published entirely on my M1-based MacBook Pro (see my review here). The collection of links shared below covers a fairly wide range of topics, from old Sun hardware to working with serverless frameworks in the public cloud. I hope that you find something useful here. Enjoy!



  • Much has been said about the “snappy” feel of Apple’s new M1-based Macs, and this article takes a look at how Quality of Service (QoS) across the efficiency and performance cores may be the reason why these new Macs seem so responsive.
  • Here’s an entertaining tale of attempting to resurrect a Sun Ultra 1 Workstation.
  • John Gruber’s post on “Secure Intent” on Apple devices was, for me at least, an informative read. I hadn’t delved that much into Apple’s hardware security efforts around Secure Enclave, mostly due to the fact that I was running older Apple hardware (a fact that has since changed).


  • Hari Rana has a detailed discussion of security concerns regarding Flatpak (a packaging format for Linux applications).
  • Published back in January of this year, Sysdig’s container security and usage report reveals some interesting security trends.
  • This is an interesting look at how someone managed to transmit arbitrary data via Apple’s “Find My” network.
  • SentinelOne shares a list of “must-have” apps and tools for hackers working on a Mac.
  • Ugh—a new Rowhammer exploit/technique. More details are available here.
  • Want to learn more about X.509 certificates? Check this out.

Cloud Computing/Cloud Management

  • Sandy Cash has a two-part series on working with Kubernetes ConfigMaps (part 1 and part 2).
  • Alessandro Perilli has a very lengthy article on NoOps. I love his different “paths” to NoOps (like “No(rmalized)Ops” or “No(tMy)Ops”).
  • Rory McCune tackles the topic of permissions and RBAC in Kubernetes.
  • Sam Weston takes a look at EKS Managed Node Groups, examining both the good and bad aspects of this functionality, and provides some sample configurations.
  • I recently got turned on to Alex Mitelman’s System Design Weekly, which is like a super-cool version of Technology Short Takes but a bit more tightly focused. In any event, there’s a ton of great information available here, so I recommend checking it out.
  • How about a tutorial on installing Cilium and Linkerd in a Kubernetes cluster? Here you go.
  • For VMware-heavy customers, this post by Cormac Hogan that draws out the connections between the upstream Cluster API project and VMware’s TKG product may be helpful.

Operating Systems/Applications


  • Lee Briggs takes a look at Pulumi’s use of the Output type and the apply() method in writing declarative code using an imperative programming language.
  • Ahmet Alp Balkan shows how to serve up gRPC and HTTP from a Go app on Cloud Run. I like reading posts like this, because even though I don’t necessarily understand all the code (yet) I feel like exposing me to the code is still helpful. I could be wrong; time will tell.
  • AJ Stuyvenberg demonstrates how to use the serverless framework to enable and simplify the use of multiple stacks for developers and avoid trying to emulate cloud environments on laptops.


Career/Soft Skills

That’s all I have for now, but hopefully it’s enough to provide some helpful and useful reading over the weekend. I’m always open to hearing from readers, so feel free to reach out to me on Twitter, find me on Slack (I frequent the Kubernetes Slack instance), or send me an e-mail (my address isn’t hard to find). Thanks for reading!

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