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Author: Martin Smith

3 Thoughts about Oslo, Norway

When I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in March this year, I started looking at conferences and other events happening further along our route for the year. I applied to two or three things, including the first DevOpsDays Oslo, in Norway. A few months later, I received an acceptance email, and began planning a trip in September from Split. This was also my first time using AirBNB, and I was hopeful that it would be a good experience. On all fronts, the trip was enjoyable and a success.

Where Lambda falls short

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the Cloud Computing movement. I’ve made the case before that functions-as-a-service, and ‘Serverless’ in general, are the next step in that evolution in utility based computing. But are Serverless technologies ready for prime time? Specifically, is AWS Lambda ready for mass deployment? I recently had to roll out a small Python-based service using AWS Lambda, and as a result of that experience, I’d say Lambda still has a few shortfalls that need to be addressed.

3 Thoughts about Bosnia & Herzegovina

Last month in Split, some friends and I decided it would be interesting to rent a car and travel through Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), staying a night each in Mostar, Konjic (near the Blidinje National Park), and Sarajevo. I remember growing up and seeing TV news programs about the Bosnian war, humanitarian aid in Sarajevo, and NATO’s bombing campaigns of Bosnian Serb forces. On this trip, I had a chance to re-familiarize my older self with the details of the conflict, as well as explore the beautiful geography of the BiH region.

3 Thoughts about Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I’m rounding out week three in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (or just “KL” for short), and I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of what I could do here. We’re staying in the Maple Suites, and our workspace is a 15 minute walk to Bukit Bintang, a large retail shopping district. There’s even a, “Times Square,” nearby. This city feels like a well-balanced amalgam of Chinese, Indian, and ex-colonial British culture. It has miles of shopping malls, food stalls, and traffic. It’s come a long way from its, “muddy confluence,” namesake.