Phillip Hocking - Learning Experientially
A personal blog about things that interest me such as technology, cycling, family, and continuous improvement via consistent discipline.

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Jul
13
Telegraf InfluxDB Grafana TIG stack on AWS via Terraform on Ubuntu 20.04

Telegraf InfluxDB Grafana TIG stack on AWS via Terraform on Ubuntu 20.04

The "TIG" stack comprised of Telegraf, InfluxDB, and Grafana is a collection of powerful open-source monitoring tools.
4 min read
Jun
22
More Terraform AWS Lightsail Sysadmin Learning

More Terraform AWS Lightsail Sysadmin Learning

Doubling down on my commitment to ensuring that women are given the skills necessary to succeed in the technology field, I had a good coaching session with my friend Meg and helped her set up tooling for a CI/CD pipeline to instantiate a Ghost blog via Terraform.
2 min read
Jun
10
New LinkedIn Feature Request!

New LinkedIn Feature Request!

Hey LinkedIn so many folks would gladly pay for recruiters and unsolicited salespeople to not be able to even view our profiles, let alone send us a message unless it was a reply threaded to our initial inquiry.
1 min read
Jun
10
Slow and steady wins the race even if you are so exhausted you fall on your face

Slow and steady wins the race even if you are so exhausted you fall on your face

I spent a year in the school at the agency trying to do a technology class for the kids; they just aren't into it man. It isn't even remotely interesting to them, and I can't motivate them about what I actually do for a living. Nobody wants to be the kid that got picked on in high school.
10 min read
Jun
03
Annoying Microsoft "Feature" after 21H1 Update

Annoying Microsoft "Feature" after 21H1 Update

Much to my chagrin, after installing the latest Microsoft Windows 10 Feature update, when my computer came back up I was surprised and frustrated by this stupid taskbar widget showing the weather in my locale.
3 min read
May
21
25 Marbles

25 Marbles

Hey Brené Brown I don't expect you to necessarily see or respond to this, but I've been saying for years that I meant to tell you how much your TED talk "The Power of Vulnerability" radically altered the trajectory of my life.
11 min read
Apr
29
Deploying Salt Minion on Windows

Deploying Salt Minion on Windows

I had a devil of a time combing around the internet trying to figure out a PowerShell 'one-liner' to deploy Salt minion on Windows that didn't reference a static binary and utilized the Salt project bootstrapper... but also set the correct ExecutionPolicy in the namespace.
1 min read
Apr
26
Why would a website say my order was 12/31/1969 when the internet wasn't even a thing then?

Why would a website say my order was 12/31/1969 when the internet wasn't even a thing then?

I had a friend ask me the other day why their order from Chewy.com said it would be delivered Dec 31 on 1969. Here I am trying to ELI5 it, but I probably made it even more complicated than the initial comment.
1 min read
Mar
22
Netgear Nighthawk R7000P CenturyLink GPON to ONT

Netgear Nighthawk R7000P CenturyLink GPON to ONT

The first step is to boot up the router with the ONT that was plugged into your (probably Technicolor/Zyxel C3000Z) CenturyLink router. Only one port of your ONT will be provisioned to allow traffic on Vlan 201.
3 min read
Mar
10
Troubleshooting Windows Update on Server 2016

Troubleshooting Windows Update on Server 2016

We couldn't complete the updates - Undoing Changes - Don't turn off your computer... This sure isn't a great way to end up mid-way through a maintenance window on a production Windows Server 2016 instance.
2 min read