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Using a Makefile with Markdown Documents

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of using Markdown (specifically, MultiMarkdown) for the vast majority of all the text-based content that I create. Over the last few years, I’ve created used various tools and created scripts to help “reduce the friction” involved with outputting Markdown source files into a variety of destination formats (HTML, RTF, or DOCX, for example). Recently, thanks to Cody Bunch, I was pointed toward the use of a Makefile to assist in this area. After a short period of experimentation, I’m finding that I really like this workflow, and I wanted to share some details here with my readers.

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Technology Short Take #82

Welcome to Technology Short Take #82! This issue is a bit behind schedule; I’ve been pretty heads-down on some projects. That work will come to fruition in a couple weeks, so I should be able to come up for some air soon. In the meantime, here’s a few links and articles for your reading pleasure.

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Big News About the Full Stack Journey Podcast

If you’ve been following the Full Stack Journey podcast, you know that the podcast has been silent for a few months. Some of that was due to some adverse situations in life (it happens to all of us from time to time), but some of it was due to the coordination of a major transition in the podcast. And that’s the big news I’m here to share—read on for the full details!

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Revisiting CentOS Atomic Host

A couple years ago, I wrote an article about how I was choosing CoreOS over Project Atomic based on some initial testing with CentOS Atomic Host builds. As it turns out—and as I pointed out in the “Update” section of that article—the Atomic Host builds I was using were pre-release builds, and therefore it wasn’t really appropriate to form an assessment based on pre-release builds. Now that both CentOS Atomic Host and CoreOS Container Linux have both grown and matured, I thought I’d revisit the topic and see how—if at all—things have changed.

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Liveblog: DockerCon 2017 Day 2 Keynote

This is a liveblog of the day 2 keynote (general session) of DockerCon 2017 in Austin, TX. For a look at what was announced or discussed in the day 1 keynote yesterday, see this liveblog. You can also see all DockerCon 2017-related posts by browsing the posts tagged with “DockerCon2017” (see the links at the bottom of this page). Before the keynote starts, there’s some nice live music playing; a welcome change (in my opinion) from yesterday’s video game.

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Liveblog: DockerCon 2017 Day 1 Keynote

This is a liveblog of the day 1 keynote (general session) of DockerCon 2017 in Austin, TX.

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Liveblog: Creating Effective Images

This is a liveblog for the DockerCon 2017 session titled “Creating Effective Images.” The speaker is Abby Fuller, a Senior Technical Evangelist with Amazon Web Services. Abby is a former operations engineer who was an early consumer of Amazon’s Elastic Container Service (ECS), and some of her learnings came about the “hard way.” This session is from the “Using Docker” track.

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Liveblog: Cilium for Network and Application Security with BPF and XDP

This is a liveblog of the DockerCon 2017 Black Belt session led by Thomas Graf on Cilium, a new startup that focuses on using eBPF and XDP for network and application security.

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The Linux Migration: April 2017 Progress Report

In December 2016, I kicked off a migration to Linux (from OS X) as my primary laptop OS. In the nearly 4 months since the initial progress report, I’ve published a series of articles providing updates on things like which Linux distribution I selected, how I’m handling running VMs on my Linux laptop, and integration with corporate collaboration systems (here, here, and here). I thought that these “along the way” posts would be sufficient to keep readers informed, but I’ve had a couple of requests in the last week about how the migration is going. This post will help answer that question by summarizing what’s happened so far.

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Technology Short Take #81

Welcome to Technology Short Take #81! I have another collection of links, articles, and thoughts about key data center technologies, and hopefully I’ve managed to include something here that will prove useful or thought-provoking. Enjoy!

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