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Technology Short Take 156

Welcome to Technology Short Take #156! It’s been about a month since the last Technology Short Take, and in that time I’ve been gathering links that I wanted to share with my readers. (I still have quite the backlog of links to read!) Hopefully something I share here will prove useful to someone. Enjoy the links below, and enjoy your weekend!


  • I’d never heard of Pipy before seeing it in this article, but it look like it could be quite useful for a number of use cases.
  • William Morgan, one of the creators of Linkerd, has a lengthy treatise on eBPF, sidecars, and the future of the service mesh. As a (relative) layperson—meaning I’m not an eBPF expert—I don’t know if I should believe the eBPF cheerleaders (some of whom I know personally and are familiar with their technical expertise) or folks like William who have clearly “been there, done that” with service mesh. I certainly think there’s a place for eBPF in service meshes, but I’m not yet on board with sidecar-less service meshes (or per-node proxy models).


Cloud Computing/Cloud Management

Operating Systems/Applications




  • Here’s Chris Evans’ take on the Broadcom acquisition of VMware.
  • Colin shares a critical learning item on using Terraform with VMware ESXi.
  • Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) recently happened, and some virtualization-related information emerged on how Apple is allowing ARM-based Linux VMs (virtualized using the hypervisor present in macOS) to leverage Rosetta 2 to run Intel binaries. Ars Technica has more information here. (Personally, I think this is pretty cool, even if the setup process to make it work is like jumping through hoops.)

Career/Soft Skills

  • I liked this brief article on the true nature of remote work (hint: it’s about working asynchronously.)
  • Julien Simon’s treatise on technical evangelism from the trenches was also a good read, with a number of tips that I’ll be attempting to assimilate into my thinking and work.

That’s all for now! I love hearing from readers, so if you feel like getting in touch with me there are a variety of ways to do that. I’m on Twitter, in a variety of Slack channels, and you can even e-mail me (my e-mail address isn’t too hard to find, just poke around on this site for a bit). Thanks for reading!

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