I'm sitting here on a plane headed home, finally, after what has been a pretty long week of travel for work. All of it has been good stuff, and even included the opportunity to share the stage with IBMs Chief Digital Officer Bob Lord. During his quarterly "all hands" town hall meeing, I was invited up to talk to him about what we are doing with respect to developer advocacy at IBM. It's pretty gratifying to be part of such a massive company but realize I still have a voice and am actually empowered to make changes.


Anyway, on this plane right it has occured to me that I do a pretty terrible job of mentioning when I'm going to be speaking somewhere, or doing something else really interesting relating to my job. So I'm going to do a better job at that starting now!

The first thing to share is that I get to do a keynote at OSCON 2017! True, it's a sponsored keynote, but it's kind of a neat deal. IBM has been sponsoring OSCON for a long time. As part of that sponsorship they get a 10 minute "sponsored" keynote slot. Previous talks have been met with mixed reactions, largely because they tend to be very product focused. As part of our work to improve the way the world of developers sees IBM, I have been given the opportunity to take that keynote slot this year. I'm super happy to have the chance, and I'm also really excited to talk about something that's got nothing to do with any IBM products. I think folks will enjoy it, and I really hope I get the chance to do more talks like it. I'm going to post something soon on the same topic I'll be speaking about, but here's the abstract if you didn't feel like following the link above:

Why choose open infrastructure? Open Source isn’t winning, it’s won. In the last decade, we’ve seen an incredible explosion in open source software. Massive projects have been developed in the open, on open operating systems, using open languages and compilers. But, Christopher Aedo asks, was all the infrastructure open as well?

Source code management, CI pipelines, chat services, and IaaS all have open alternatives, but the majority of projects are developed on closed and proprietary infrastructure. Christopher explains how to make open choices with greater community impact.

I also recently had a talk submission accepted at the OpenWest 2017 Conference. The topic of my talk is "Brewing Beer with Linux, Python and a RaspberryPi". It's a topic that is near and dear to my heart, and I'm really looking forward to taking the stage and sharing the cool stuff I've been using to make beer lately.

Hope to see you at OSCON and OpenWest!

10 Bills You Should Read

Mon March 06 2017 by Christopher Aedo

I try not to post too much political stuff here unless I think it's something useful and interesting. In this case, I've seen this list of bills proposed in the US house of representatives several places. All the times I've seen it however, it's just text (and often on twitter …

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Live on Gitlab

Thu February 02 2017 by Christopher Aedo

Last year when gitlab announced they would offer free site hosting with custom domains (similar to github pages) I decided it was about time I looked into moving this blog. Until today, it had been hosted on a VM running on either Google Compute, OVH, Vexxhost or AWS. I think …

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A Typical Brewday

Fri December 30 2016 by Christopher Aedo

While writing about my electric brewing system I thought it would be helpful to outline what a typical brew day looks like with that setup. Since that post was already getting too long I decided to put this in it's own relatively small post.

The FIRST step is to figure …

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The Electric Brewery

Sun December 25 2016 by Christopher Aedo

One of my best friends (bones!) sent me an email asking if I'd ever heard of this thing called Hosehead (it's a control system for an electric brewery using open source software called Strangebrew Elsinore). I had never heard of it, but had been thinking on and off for some …

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The Skunks

Sun August 07 2016 by Christopher Aedo


One night a few months after we moved into our place in Portland we noticed a bit of a skunk smell. It wasn't too strong, and we just assumed there was a skunk in the woods and something had scared it. It didn't take too long for the smell to …

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IRC, the secret to open source success

Sat December 19 2015 by Christopher Aedo

[Yes, this is another IRC post - this one was written for IBM's OpenTech blog, but I thought I'd add it here since my blog tends to be thin on updates ;) Anyway, hope you enjoy it!]

Effective communication is key when collaborating on an open source project and being reachable is …

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Regarding IRC

Mon August 17 2015 by Christopher Aedo

All the work I do with OpenStack is coordinated through mailing lists, IRC and design summits every six months. For quite a while I handled IRC by just keeping a screen up running Irssi on a VM on some cloud or another. That approach was quick and easy, and kept …

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The $1k IPA

Mon August 03 2015 by Christopher Aedo

1k IPA on tap

I have been brewing for a while now (around 10 years I think?), and have always done 5 gallon batches, and kegged into corny kegs rather than bottling. (Mainly because I love brewing, love beer, and really like having beer on tap in the kitchen.) I have been interested in …

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Not Quite Abandoned

Mon July 13 2015 by Christopher

Holy smoke it's been almost a year since the last time I added something new here! That is not at all because I haven't had anything new to talk about. Rather, there's been too much going on and I haven't had even half a chance to circle back and write …

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