Self-Signed CA … Whaaat?

<Begin documentation rant…>

Can we all please just stop this “Self-signed CA” nonsense?

Every   single  root certificate authority on the planet (and all known dimensions) is, by definition… *self signed*.

What you might want to say instead is “Public CA” vs “Private CA”.

<End documentation rant.>

Thanks Apple. (Not Really)

Thanks Apple, for making recent products that don’t do what I expect them to do.

For the need to buy a bunch of dongles to get all my existing peripherals to work with your laptop.

For one of said dongles (the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter) being unable to pass through enough power to charge my laptop or for use to pass data.

Use the USB-C port of this adapter for charging your Mac, not for data transfer or video.


This port delivers a maximum of 60W power, suitable for MacBook models and 13-inch MacBook Pro models. For the best charging performance on 15-inch MacBook Pro models, connect the power supply directly to your Mac, not through the adapter.

For forcing me to buy a dongle to use my headphones and charge my Apple phone at the same time.

For not providing the same port to plug said headphones into both the phone and the laptop.  I mean, make up your minds.  Is it lightning or not?  (And don’t tell me bluetooth is the future.  I guarantee you it is not for me.)  Thank you to Belkin for providing a solution.

For making the touchpad on your laptop so big that I lose my finger resting points and invariably palm click or double touch to the point of frustration.

For thinking its a good idea to reuse a connector plug format to push different protocols.  Is it Thunderbolt? Or is it mini Display Port?  Is it Thunderbolt 3?  Or is it USB-C?  Is that cable certified for the faster speeds?  Does it have the fancy logo?

I held on to my iPhone 5S for as long as I could, but in the end it just became too slow for my needs.  I held on to my 2015 MacBook Pro for as long as it let me, but it died a sad death last week due to battery expansion and loss of boot disk.

I want to remain an Apple hardware fan (partially because PC/Linux leaves so much to be desired) but it is getting harder every year to remain happy.

Puppet modules and git master branch

The events in this post happened 5+ months prior to the posting date. I have been a bit behind on things, but wanted to get this out there.


Here I am minding my own business, testing my modules on Travis-CI and I start to get failures in the rspec tests.  I only updated the Geppetto .project file, how is my CI now failing?

  1) vmwaretools on a supported osfamily, vmware platform, default parameters for osfamily Debian and operatingsystem Ubuntu should contain Class[vmwaretools::repo] with before => ["Package[vmware-tools-esx-nox]", "Package[vmware-tools-esx-kmods-3.8.0-29-generic]"]
     Failure/Error: )}
       Syntax error at '{'; expected '}' at /home/travis/build/razorsedge/puppet-vmwaretools/spec/fixtures/modules/apt/manifests/init.pp:18 on node
     # ./spec/classes/vmwaretools_init_spec.rb:159

It turns out that puppetlabs/apt has a syntax error in init.pp.  But why am I testing against a non-released (to the Forge) version of the APT module? I won’t ask how a syntax error even got committed.

The same goes for puppetlabs/concat:

  27) cloudera::cm5::server on a supported operatingsystem, custom parameters, db_type => postgresql with defaults should contain File[/etc/cloudera-scm-server/] with ensure => "present"
     Failure/Error: it { should contain_file('/etc/cloudera-scm-server/').with_ensure('present') }
       Puppet::Parser::AST::Resource failed with error ArgumentError: Invalid resource type file_concat at /home/travis/build/razorsedge/puppet-cloudera/spec/fixtures/modules/concat/manifests/init.pp:106 on node
     # ./spec/classes/cloudera_cm5_server_spec.rb:313

It looks like puppetlabs/concat is switching to using a second module (electrical/file_concat). Now I have to update my .fixtures.yml (which is fine, I do want to know about dependency changes), but there isn’t a released version of puppetlabs/concat with electrical/file_concat yet.

All of the rspec testing in the world won’t help if dependencies are unstable.  Puppet module git repository master branch should at all times be the same as the code released to the Forge.


What Is Your Forge Module about?


Ok Puppet Forge module creators. This one is for you. For those of you who have graduated to providing a useful README file with you module, I implore you to also provide not only a description of what your module’s software is and does, but also a link to it’s homepage. I may want to learn more about it and forcing me to copy and paste into my favorite search engine has really got me irritated. (Yes, I am lazy.)

Case in point: (Apologies to dcoxall for using him as an example.) I am following links from a blog post to the golang Puppet module. It looks interesting. It even tells me what Go is, but I want to know more. Why not provide a link to Go? Everything else looks spot-on.