IBM BlueMix Cognitive Services – Conversation API and the Ships Computer

As the world of Skynet slowly engulfs our every day, there is an entire computational ecosystem of services that handle the specifics of our computer services with us. Starting with IBM Watson, an emergent computer personality of functionality has emerged. Continue reading IBM BlueMix Cognitive Services – Conversation API and the Ships Computer

How to handle Brent in The Phoenix Project

I got stuck at home with a dreadful cough and sinus dysfunction this last week. As a result I spent some time re-reading The Phoenix Project. I really wanted to try to have another run at understanding Erik’s examples from the Theory of Constraints side of things. Particularly, I wanted to appreciate the “ringer” situation that Brent has created around himself. Continue reading How to handle Brent in The Phoenix Project

Quickie: Quick Jenkins with Docker

If you’re like me you know the process of bringing up a Java WAR app like Jenkins can be some what cumbersome if you have to go and hunt down the Oracle JDK. A rather clunky and manual set of pre-requisites, including setting environment variables like JAVA_HOME, while easy to do, introduces a lot more opportunities for getting side tracked while simply getting Jenkins installed. Continue reading Quickie: Quick Jenkins with Docker