The gaming and technological musings of a software developer

Welcome to the new Real Men Wear Dress.es

This was the year I took some time out to rebuild this site. As is typical for the personal projects we take on it featured large amounts of scope creep, a non-existant deadline and too many new technologies to learn.

Where I came from

The original incarnation of this site was a WordPress instance. It used a theme that I’d forked from one I’d found whilst rummaging around on github and a number of plugins to otherwise improve the site. I was pretty proud of my efforts to be honest. I had it running on a standard LEMP Linode VPS which I’d setup with a bunch of custom Ansible playbooks. It was deployed into a folder and I mostly let it take care of itself by giving it all the horrendous write permissions that it asked for.

But things move on, and some 8 years later I chose to rebuild it all.

Deploying Rancheros on Vultr Instances

One of things I’ve been playing with of late is a Docker container orchestration system called Rancher. I’ve been very excited to discover the features and capabilities the developers have created and despite being quite new it’s extremely well polished - for the most part it just works. One of the projects they’d developed alongside their software is an operating system called RancherOS. It’s a light weight linux installation that runs it’s userspace entirely from within containers; the init process is docker itself.