Curator Deployment in OpenShift Enterprise 3.1 and 3.2

Curator allows operators to define how long elasticsearch indices should be retained. On a defined daily schedule it will purge any qualified indices from elasticsearch. Unfortunately, curator has only been added into the OpenShift Origin version of software, and is not yet included in the OpenShift Enterprise deployments (as of 3.2). Fortunately, version 3.1.1 and 3.2 of the EFK images do include admin credentials that can be used to authenticate a manually deployed curator template.

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Just Moved! Playing with Docker on DigitalOcean

In order to learn something new, I find it easier to pick a simple hands on task and force myself through it. No amount of online education will ever get me far if I am not actually trying to accomplish something. For this reason, I find lab based training absolutely necessary. So, we did it. A simple task that:

  • Waved goodbye to Rackspace hosting in the USA
  • Said hello to the new Canadian region in Digital Ocean
  • Deployed a new environment using coreOS
  • Migrated existing content to a newly deployed website with WordPress and MySQL docker images
  • Set out to reduce hosting costs by 50%

It wasn't a large task, and turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be. I will be learning much more in the coming weeks as I expand and play with the environment, but for now, I thought I'd share some of the resources that helped me get started.



It's happening again, Santa Beards for Sick Kids is trying to raise $100,000

Beard alert! Beard Alert! Another Scalar special, we are growing out our beards in December to raise money for Sick Kids. We are collecting team members and donations, so spread the word if you would like to help! To donate to my personal page, please see the following link;

To donate to our team, please see the following link;

To sign up and begin fund raising, please click "Sign Up" at the following link;



SantaBeards for SickKids (The Opposite if head shaving!)

Just on the heels of November, we (Scalar and Friends) are participating in a different fundraiser this year. This year, we are growing Santa Beards for Sick Kids! Scalar is very proud to work with and support the Sick Kids foundation, as they have personally touched many families that are associated to Scalar. This December our teams will grow our very own Santa Beards and are raising funds to support Sick Kids.

If you are able to donate, you can sponsor myself directly here:


Or you can donate directly to our team:

Or you can join our team or create your own team! Everyone is welcome, please spread the word!


Santa Beards

St. Baldricks - Raising Funds for Childhood Cancer

#childhoodcancer #gobald #stbaldricks It's that time of year again and I will be supporting our company in a goal to raise $20,000 for the NetApp Toronto St. Baldricks event. This event hits close to home for Scalar, so please help out if you can. Many of us will be displaying our shiny bald heads at the Hockey Hall of Fame on March 20th, 2014.

Thank you for your previous support of this event, and please continue to give if you can! 

If you are able to donate and help out my personal goal of $1000, my personal donation website is found here:

Photography Glossary for Beginners

I stumbled across this glossary for new photographers that I have found very helpful as a continual reference. If you are new, or just need a quick link to remember recall all of the technical photography terms, have a look here:  

DPS is my favorite online educational photography website with very frequent updates to twitter. It continually provides inspiration and new techniques to try, even though sometimes it leads to me emptying my wallet for new toys! (Polarized filters next?)

Boarding Aviate

Just received my Aviate Beta access code and launched it on my Samsung Galaxy S3. The first 5 minutes have been easy with a built in tour and a few recommendations from their team on how to use the new phone layout. So far, I think this is an amazing new app, but we will see over the next couple of days if it simplifies or impedes my use of the device. Check out more here:

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Using Aviate on the OnePlus One, this application (IMO) is still the best launcher for Android.


CandyBox Crunch

It's fierce elimination for improvisors and only the elite live to see another day! Every Friday @ the John Candy Box in Toronto. Show up, LAUGH, and VOTE! More details at the Second City website:

All updates are also posted on FaceBook:

FYI - This week, congrats to Purple Monkey Dishwasher!

Photo_365 Begins Now

As I search for tasks and projects to understand my photography equipment better and develop my artistic eye, I am embarking on a 365 day project that involves taking at least one photograph per day for the next year. A great idea found on 500px that also includes some great examples and 365 projects from other fantastic photographers. My very first 365 project is hosted here:

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