Newsletter #3

Its time for Newsletter #3!

Issue #3, I hope you enjoy the articles in this issue. If you have any feedback, please drop me a message on twitter

News & General

Zero Trust Networking

Thank you, guys; thanks for making the time. For those of you who don’t know me, my name’s Armon. I’m one of the founders and CTO of HashiCorp. You’ll find me all around the internet as just Armon, I’ll post the slides to Twitter after this.

Choosing Between Monolith And Microservices

Monolith or microservices? Both architectures have pros and cons, and each particular case should be investigated. UppLabs had a project with a concrete goal — optimization of application performance by migration from a monolithic system to the new microservices’ infrastructure.

Animated Elon Musk Life Story

So what the life of Tesla & SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been like since his childhood? 3D animator Andy Front summarizes this in a 5+ min animation video he published in 2018 and it has garnered 3 million views on YouTube to date.

Tools & Projects

kb. A minimalist knowledge base manager

kb is a text-oriented minimalist command line knowledge base manager. kb can be considered a quick note collection and access tool oriented toward software developers, penetration testers, hackers, students or whoever has to collect and organize notes in a clean way.


What is Oh My Zsh? Oh My Zsh is an open source, community-driven framework for managing your zsh configuration. Sounds boring. Let’s try again. Oh My Zsh will not make you a 10x developer…


Do you run ping tool very often? Do you find yourself squeezing your eyes to see if a packet has been lost? Do you want to have a better view of the latency and of the lost packets over time? Then prettyping is the tool for you!

Guides & Tutorials

SSH Emergency Access

In this post we’ll design a break glass procedure for reaching SSH hosts in an emergency, using security keys that you can store offline. This is just one approach, but you can adapt it to your circumstances.

Setting up web servers with Nginx, configure environments, and deploy an App with Ansible

Ansible - Setting up web servers with Nginx, configure environments, and deploy an App

CLI: improved

I’m not sure many web developers can get away without visiting the command line. As for me, I’ve been using the command line since 1997, first at university when I felt both super cool l33t-hacker and simultaneously utterly out of my depth.

Management & Leadership

Performance vs. Trust, identifying toxic people

There is one simple question to ask if you want to build a high performing team. Simon Sinek explains a powerful and, ironically, very simple way to identify toxic people in your teams which might be successful short-term but harm a team long-term.

Here’s How We Train Our DevOps Skills Internally

Our team started to apply DevOps practices long before we registered Mad Devs as a company. Specifically, I ran into this approach more than 10 years ago in a different company where I worked as a System Administrator.

8 Tips for More Productive Meetings

When you work in an office environment, you attend a lot of meetings – many of them were routine like staff meetings or safety meetings, etc. I think one of the reasons that people like working from home is that they don’t have to attend as many meetings. Especially, poorly planned meetings.