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Making sense of IoT

Making sense of IoT

The IoT is not new. It’s essentially been with us since the first computers connected to the first networks. But from conceptual beginnings to real-world implementations in a few short years, it’s...

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Incrementally Copying (Rsyncing) Files From A Kubernetes Pod

Incrementally Copying (Rsyncing) Files From A Kubernetes Pod

The most obvious choice for moving files in and out of containers is kubectl cp but it just does a straight copy of all the bytes. If you want to backup just a few changed bytes out of several...

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Why You Should Always Give Lazily Loaded Images A Width & Height

Why You Should Always Give Lazily Loaded Images A Width & Height

When images are set to load lazily they will only be downloaded when they come into view but what counts as "in view"? It seems Google Chrome only takes the vertical scroll position into account...

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Persisting Data Between Steps In BitBucket Pipeline Builds

Persisting Data Between Steps In BitBucket Pipeline Builds

When using a build pipeline it is common to create some kind of value, like a path, container ID, auth token etc in one step which is then needed in a subsequent step but the whole point of steps...

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Using FallbackResource with Apache Header Expressions Causes Weirdness

Using FallbackResource with Apache Header Expressions Causes Weirdness

Recently we needed to set one of our Apache servers to output a HTTP header for a specific URL, a simple task right? Well it turns out it can be a right pain... The server is pretty standard,...

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Hunting For Zombie Pods

Hunting For Zombie Pods

At almost exactly 0300 (UTC) on the morning of 22/05 our monitoring systems started sending alerts for a handful of websites. They had begun to respond slower. This was very strange, the sites...

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Satis Queue Worker

Satis Queue Worker

As part of a recent server migration we had to move a Satis instance. The server it was being moved from was a baremetal server, the server it was going to was a Kubernetes cluster, quite...

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On server migrations…

On server migrations…

Server migration:  there’s a term bound to strike fear into the heart. Horror stories of downtime and lost data abound. This post looks at the good and bad of our migration from dedicated to Cloud...

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Misleading Validation Messages When Creating BitBucket Pipeline Variables

Misleading Validation Messages When Creating BitBucket Pipeline Variables

Just in case anyone else finds themselves wrestling with this:  I was recently attempting to create BitBucket Pipeline variables via BitBuckets API using curl: curl -X POST --data...

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Protecting Against Textfile Collector Script Failure

Protecting Against Textfile Collector Script Failure

Monitoring bespoke metrics with Prometheus textfile collector scripts can fail in such a way that all your monitors look fine but actually there is a problem. Here's how to prevent that. When...

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You want security? You have to ask for it

You want security? You have to ask for it

I know at Freshleaf we’re a bit guilty of going on (and on) about website and application security, code quality, and the consequences of leaving online data protection to chance. We treat...

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We need to talk about tech debt

We need to talk about tech debt

Technical debt is part of the landscape of development. But so often it's the elephant in the room - we all know it's there, but we can't talk to customers about it. Why is that? What is...

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GDPR – Gigantically Dull Privacy Rubbish, or vital for the greater good?

GDPR – Gigantically Dull Privacy Rubbish, or vital for the greater good?

Yes, I know, yet another blog post about GDPR. I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time and effort on reading, understanding and implementing the new regulations over the last 12 months, and like...

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Technical SEO: Is It Relevant To My Website?

Technical SEO: Is It Relevant To My Website?

Guest Post: Victoria Greene looks at whether technical SEO is relevant to your website. Is it relevant? In a nutshell: yes. Even a small portfolio website needs strong SEO foundations, and a...

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Why code quality matters

Why code quality matters

Over the years at Freshleaf we’ve spent a bit of time thinking about what makes us successful. What’s important to us. And one thing that’s consistently top of the list – no matter who you ask at...

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