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Get location information by IP address

Author Ashutosh Krishna created the following post that easily illustrates how to gather location information by IP address using Python.


Complexity kills

Before designing your next microservices architecture, consider this brilliant post by Andrei Taranchenko Death by a Thousand Microservices

MongoDB Kubernetes Deployment


While writing Tagging Asteroids with MongoDB I was able to quickly provision a cluster on the free tier of MongoDB Atlas. What I originally wanted was to quickly stand up a MongoDB instance in my Kubernetes environment but found most documentation too complex for my usecase. Just give me a MongoDB “dialtone” as quickly as possible without having to install the binaries on my system.

Tagging Asteroids with MongoDB


Let’s use MongoDB to build an asteroid tagging engine that allows us to assign multiple elements to any asteroid then query based on those elements.

Firefox: The WidevineCdm plugin has crashed

Firefox 108.0.1 (64-bit) - “The WidevineCdm plugin has crashed”

While studying for my CKAD on Udemy over the holidays I encountered this error when attempting to open ANYTHING that had DRM protected video; Udemy, Netflix, Hulu, etc. Some recommended fixes included maintaining a separate firefox binary. Luckily I found the fix on AskUbuntu.com

Pi-Hole Wildcard DNS

In order to access Kubernetes applications via my ingress projectcontour.io, I’ll use a wildcard DNS entry.

Unfortunately this isn’t a simple entry in the web UI for Pi-hole (yet?). A quick search and Brandon Rozek had documented the steps to add a wildcard DNS entry in dnsmasq.



To have a single server with enough power to run nested vSphere 8 and Tanzu Kubernetes Grid with NSX. But with vSphere 8 I wanted to make sure I had something on the HCL. Dell PowerEdge R740 will carry the homelab moving forward.

K8s Waiting for Condition=Available=True

While working with Ansible for standing up a vanilla Kubernetes 1.25.5 cluster I found myself separating the the initial bootstrapping of the cluster, which includes intalling the CNI antrea from the rest of the configuration (metrics,metallb,contour) due to waiting for antrea to become Ready.