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Peter Christian Fraedrich

It was supposed to make our lives easier.

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Think back to the early days of your career. For me it was working as a lone-wolf sysadmin at a small regional retail company. I was still very green and was hired because they needed someone who could learn how reset passwords in Active Directory. I had no concept of the wider world of technology, the products and tools that existed in it, and the depth of the ocean I was starting to wade into. And just like everyone else that doesn’t know any better, I thought the best way to manage my resources (servers, desktops, etc.) was by hand…


Wherein I package my gut feelings about the tech industry as insider information.

street illuminated by crazy neon lights
street illuminated by crazy neon lights
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I’m not entirely sure how to begin this one; I know what I want to say, but I’m not sure how to descend into that madness without being incredibly blunt. Usually, I’d start with some sort of short personal story or a parable, or some kind of recent news reference, but there’s none of that here. This piece is really just a culmination of some growing concerns I’ve been having for the past year or so about the state of the DevOps/SRE industry, so I guess I’m left with being blunt: the state of the industry is terrible.

Orchestrated Homogenization

There’s a…


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Sometimes I really hate being right. Less than two weeks ago I published an article called “Culture Doesn’t Matter”, in which I outlined a very simple idea: that company culture doesn’t matter unless its actively lived by the leadership. Then just a few days later, Basecamp-gate happens.

For those of you who don’t already know what happened at Basecamp, my colleague John Breen summed it up pretty succinctly on his own blog:

A few days ago, Basecamp, a tech darling helmed by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried, announced some policy changes. These changes effectively ban Basecamp employees from “societal…


Five simple concepts to help you master interviews.

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I’ve done a lot of interviews. A lot. It’s not something I am particularly proud of because the implication is that I’ve looked for a lot of jobs, but it is what it is. There’s a benefit to doing a lot of interviews, though, and that is you start to understand what works and what doesn’t, different interview styles, and eventually some baseline takeaways. This is what I’m going to share with you today.

Communication Is Key

When interviewing in a “professional” setting (eg, not a fast-food or other low-skill or entry-level setting) there’s an important differentiator that sets apart your potential workplaces…


Your company culture doesn’t mean anything if it’s not lived and demonstrated by your company leadership.

yellow paint on wet blacktop spelling the word “no”
yellow paint on wet blacktop spelling the word “no”
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You read that right. Company culture doesn’t matter. And why should it? Would you really pick your next position based off some namby-pamby feel-good words? I wouldn’t. Mission statements about “making the world a better place” or “building a sustainable future” sound great but what’s the point? Does anyone really care where their next paycheck comes from as long as it comes?

No.

No one cares about some stupid words on a business card or a website, because culture isn’t the words, its the actions.

You can have all the nice words and pretty visuals, the multi-cultural stock photos on…


In 2021, do serverless, PaaS, and no-code solutions make containers obsolete?

ISO shipping containers all rusted out and shit
ISO shipping containers all rusted out and shit
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When sitting down to start a new project, or figuring out a road map for an existing one, the options for actually running your workloads have never been more wide open. Admittedly, we live in an era where we are spoiled for choice when it comes to platforms; between open-source tools, paid services, enterprise offerings, and everything else available. This has made selecting the tools we use a bit more difficult as the chances of being paralyzed by choice grow with the number of choices available. With the growing number of options available to us these days its only fair…


Not really a full post, more of an update, but here it goes.

Black and yellow. Uh, Pittsburgh I guess?
Black and yellow. Uh, Pittsburgh I guess?
Cynical eye-catching photo to get more clicks.

I’ve decided that this year, for at least the whole of 2021, I will do my best to publish two articles a week: Monday and Thursday. While most of these articles will be around tech, development, and devops, a small percentage of them might deal with politics (more specifically, tech in politics), or some other random subject. This is my personal blog, so I don’t really have to follow any rules, but I want to stay as close to tech as possible.

As always, I’m open to topic requests. I’m sure the 24 people who read my blog are super interested in my opinions.

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A study on cloud instance size, performance, and cost.

measuring tape that is measuring the size of a cactus
measuring tape that is measuring the size of a cactus
Does size matter, really?

The Premise

As a cloud architect one of the things you have to constantly be aware of is your cloud spend. How much you’re spending and what your budget is has a very real impact on a number of different areas, including what kind of performance you can expect out of your infrastructure and, by extension, your applications. Designing an architecture that not only fits your monetary budget but also your performance budget and is something that is easy to manage, operate, and troubleshoot can be a tall order at times. The best architects find a way to balance all of these…


CAVEAT: Let me start off with this so no one misunderstands or spins the title of this thing: the global pandemic we find ourselves in, and the SARS-CoV-2 virus that caused it, are one of the worst things that have happened to the modern world. Half a million people (and counting) have died from it and there’s no planet or scenario where this is acceptable. But as someone who has absolutely no control over any of this its up to me (and you) to try to find positive outcomes of this experience.

Trollops distributing fireworks from a lake is no basis for a government
Trollops distributing fireworks from a lake is no basis for a government
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Sometimes it takes an Act of God to…


What drives you?

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Back in 2000-something, when I was first contemplating the career change from logistics to IT, whenever I would talk about what’s next for me I always felt a little disingenuous. Whenever someone would ask me what prompted my career change I would rattle off the usual answers of “I want to do something different”, “I’ve always been into computers, so it just makes sense”, or something along those lines. Never would I indulge myself in simply responding with my real reason: I needed the money. And, if we’re being honest, a lot of career choices can come down to money…

Peter Christian Fraedrich

Entrepreneur, software developer, writer, musician, amateur luthier, husband, dad. All opinions are my own.

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