A talk on Automation tooling, with Rundeck (around the 5:15:00 mark):
Chaos engineering with Prometheus:
My two kids are of course what I’m proudest of. I have done some things in tech that I’m proud of also:
When I was around 9 through some miracle mum brought home a Commodore Amiga. My family never had much growing up but somehow we still got a computer. Little did she know at the time just how big an impact that would have on my life - thanks Mum. I gorged on all the Warez I could get my hands slowly increasing my exposure to programming and hacking. The culture has always felt like home.
Eventually I had to earn money and knew working with computers was something I had to do - any other job would feel like work and I didn’t much like work. So with some luck and a sprinkle of white-lies I landed my first web developer role around 2004 and was hooked.
Fast forward some years, I’m currently posted at a stealth mode startup where I work on eBPF with C and Golang to build security and observability tools.
Outside of work I try to contribute to the community when I can, though spare time is expensive when you have kids to spend it on. I recently got to speak at NIDC though which was nice - you can catch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvtZnbDXpzM&t=20063s. And indeed, that is a Final Fantasy VII t-shirt.
Personal focus has shifted towards performance and systems engineering lately. In particular, pulling more information out of the kernel to help developers debug interesting issues is a fascinating topic I’m spending more time on. The problem is, with such tools to hand life seemingly becomes an endless longing for a process to spin out of control with not a reasonable error in sight.
If you are looking for me you can find me on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/pemcconnell/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/) or Github (https://github.com/peter-mcconnell).
Fun trinkets from along the way: