Yes, I’m making myself blog more :)
Here’s a look into some of the ways we like to think at AnsibleWorks.
One of the lesser discussed things about Ansible is, strangely enough, how to classify it. It’s often referred to as a “configuration management” system, but is that an accurate-enough description?…
Here’s an article I wrote for ansibleworks.com describing why the divisions between configuration management and application deployment shouldn’t exist.
Amazon and Intel were nice enough to book deadmau5 for the reInvent conference — and he was nice enough to bring robots.
Technical content aside (as I was at the booth meeting lots of current and future Ansible users), I believe other conferences have been put on notice. Also managed to check out Santana at the House of Blues, which was extremely good, most notably for going into drummer overload with three drumkits.
I recently picked up a Ricoh GR Digital V as a more portable camera for trips and places where I didn’t want to be obviously packing a much larger camera. First impressions are thus far pretty impressive — I briefly owned an earlier Ricoh (1st gen digital?), the GR Digital V however is an APS-C size sensor in a compact-size body. Macro focus length is really tight, as shown as this f/2.8 picture of this trusty Zenoss Zebra I picked up at LISA. Yep, the fixed lens is pretty wide — I’m a prime lens guy anyway, so not having a zoom is fine by me.
A quite unexpected bonus, effect modes are actually somewhat useful, having a decent cross process and “retro” film tone easily accessible via a side button. I’ll probably actually use them on occassion (saving final tweaks for Lightroom).
One very cool aspect is the auto-ISO feature defaults to a sensible 1/40 shutter speed for a 28mm effective lens — so many camera manufacturers screw this up and will do 1/focal-length which is usually ok but not always.
Lens is sharp, controls are well thought out, it definitely seems like a camera designed to be used. Having an APS-C sized sensor in something this pocketable — something even Micro-4/3rds has failed to pull off well, is quite an accomplishment. I’m looking forward to putting it through it’s paces. More shots to follow.