The Impact of Amazon's new CloudFormation service

Let me put to rest the worst of the FUD. This was never a master plan by Amazon to wipe out Chef and Puppet in a hostile takeover of the configuration management territory. Opscode were part of the CloudFormation Beta, and deeper integration with Chef is very much part of…

DNS Zone File Fun with Python and Emacs

Sometimes we're faced with a boring, manual, labourious job which really needs to be done, will take a fairly long time, and be pretty unpleasant. Whenever I'm faced with something like this, especially if it involves text, I try to make it interesting by setting myself the challenge of writing…