Clearwater Analytics Developer’s Conference 2018

On Friday, October 19, 2018 I had an incredible opportunity to attend Clearwater Analytics’ Developer’s Conference (DevCon). They allowed their employees to invite a friend and thankfully, I have a great friend who works there who invited me as his guest.

Keynote

The keynote speech was titled “Idaho Technology – Past, Present and Future.” It was a fantastic look at the big key players of technology in Idaho’s Treasure Valley. Simplot, Hewlett Packard (HP), Micron, T-Sheets, Metageek, Cradlepoint, and of course Clearwater were just a few of the companies I remember getting a mention. Coming from a company that was spun out from Hewlett Packard (I currently work for Perspecta), it was great to see our heritage on display. However, I couldn’t help but think: “How are we going to get Perspecta on the radar like HP is?”

I thought I would take a moment to write about a few of the seminars that I attended and what I took away from them.

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Day 6 of Our 2018 Bend & Lincoln City, Oregon Vacation

For us, no visit to Central Oregon would be complete without visiting Crater Lake. Day 6 of our vacation was dedicated to visiting this gorgeous lake.

When we arrived it was a little hazy, but as the day progressed the sky became a gorgeous blue with spectacular clouds.

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Day 5 of Our 2018 Bend & Lincoln City, Oregon Vacation

On Day 5 of our vacation we drove from the coast back to Bend, Oregon. While we were waiting to be able to check into our hotel we drove down up Paulina Peak.

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Day 4 of Our 2018 Bend & Lincoln City, Oregon Vacation

Don’t go looking for Day 3 of our trip. We were on the road from Bend to Lincoln City, Oregon. I would have taken some photos when we walked down to the beach after checking into our hotel, but after I got to the beach, I realized that I failed to put the SD card back into my camera. D’oh! Sadly, not the first time that has happened to me!

I do have some dashcam videos from Bend to Lincoln City and maybe someday I’ll go through them and post a couple. Ok. Let’s be honest. Probably not!

Day 4, we made a drive up to Tillamook, Oregon. With the main intention of visiting the Tillamook Creamery. Also known as Heaven on Earth! We love cheese!

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Day 2 of Our 2018 Bend & Lincoln City, Oregon Vacation

Thankfully some rain during the first night we stayed in Bend cleared up the smoke. Our second day was much more picturesque with gorgeous blue skies and crisp air.

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Day 1 of Our 2018 Bend & Lincoln City, Oregon Vacation

Every single year my partner and I find ourselves asking the same question: “When are we going to get to go to Bend, Oregon this year?” Anytime either of us ask: “What’s for dinner?” Inevitably, one of us will respond with a restaurant located in Bend. It’s our favorite vacation destination. Maybe it’s because it’s an amazing launching point to some gorgeous scenic vistas in Oregon. Maybe it’s because if we’re in Bend, we’re on vacation and not having to deal with the ins and outs of everyday life! I think it has a lot to do with the latter!

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Lenovo 110S

Why did I buy this thing?

I had been looking for an ultra-portable laptop to use as a thin-client computer.

Something that I could establish a VPN connection to my home network with and connect into my more powerful desktop computer. Something I could throw into my backpack and carry around with me every day if I wanted to. Something I could use around the house. I already have an HP Envy dv7 laptop, but lugging a 17″ desktop replacement laptop around the house just isn’t something I want to do anymore.

I had been thinking about buying a really old IBM ThinkPad or Lenovo laptop. I will occasionally see them on Craigslist or eBay for $25-50. I’ve always wanted a ThinkPad. There is just something about their styling that steals my heart!

In the past I purchased an old PowerBook G4 from a guy on Craigslist to do just this very task. I gave the man $25 for it (or was it $30 or $40, it was several years ago now and I’ve slept since then). I sat it aside because I didn’t feel comfortable using the power cable that appeared to be charred. I didn’t really want to invest the money into buying a new power cable considering it would have been more than I paid for the computer itself. One of these days I will revive that computer! I hate the fact that it just sits in the closet! Anyway, I digress (a lot)!

Ultimately, the problem with buying an old IBM/Lenovo or refurbishing the PowerBook G4 was that any of those options are old, heavy, probably need new batteries, and produce way more heat than I want to deal with.

To facilitate my need for an ultra-portable thin-client, I had been using my Amazon Fire tablet. Using an external keyboard and mouse it worked fairly well. However, I still longed for a true laptop form factor. I wanted something with more versatility and ports.

I had also considered purchasing the Pinebook, but, ultimately decided against that because I wasn’t sold on the build quality at the time.

Cut to me in Best Buy on Black Friday 2017 looking at a Lenovo 110S for $99. Unfortunately, they were sold out. However, after looking at it in store and falling in love with the look and feel of it I decided this would be a perfect ultra-portable thin-client computer. Sure, the specs were absolutely terrible. Sure, the screen is absolutely awful. However, the form factor was fantastic. The fact that it was running Windows 10 was even better. I decided to look and see if I could find it online for a reasonable price. Unfortunately, I wasn’t lucky enough to find it for $99 like I did in Best Buy. However, I was able to get it through my employer’s Perks at Work program for a little under $180 (after taxes and shipping). So, yeah, I paid for it twice. *SIGH* *FACEPALM*

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Raspbian Stretch Lite Secure Baseline Setup

The purpose of this tutorial is to walk you through the process of making an installation of Raspbian Stretch Lite more secure. Which you can then create your own image from to use as a baseline setup for future Raspberry Pi projects.

This tutorial assumes that you already know how to flash a microSD card with Raspbian. It also assumes that you are already somewhat familiar with setting up and using a Raspberry Pi.

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