Krew, A Helpful Kubernetes Plugin discovery tool

October 26th, 2022

I recently stumbled onto Krew, a SIG CLI project. It helps you discover plugins from your machine. It works on MacOS, Linux, and windows. They have an active community and they collaborate in #sig-cli in the kubernetes slack. Here are just a few of the 207 (as of Oct 2022) plugins that are useful:


  • ctx – This provides a faster way to switch between clusters and namespaces in kubectl
  • who-can – If you use RBAC for access controls, this will show who has RBAC permissions to perform actions on different resources in Kubernetes.
  • ns – Provides a faster way to switch between clusters and namespaces

Unrelated to Krew, but if you like to color code things (like color coding production vs non-production) take a look at kubecolor


TikTok Tech Roundup – Part 1

October 25th, 2022

This is the first installment of what I’m calling the Tikok Tech Roundup, where I share videos from TikTok that I found interesting.

First up is Anerdguy. Here he shows how to create a Pi-hole Docker container to block ads on your entire home network. This is where infra/tech and at-home network security intersect.

@anerdguynow

Replying to @bigpanda161 Create a Pi-hole Docker container to block ads on your entire home network. #pihole #docker #softwareengineer #techtok #tech #ubiquiti

♬ Lo-fi hip hop – NAO-K

Next is @tamsininnit with a video about a free (as in beer) open-source alternative to Zapier. Use this to automate workflows, and you can host it locally or at your cloud provider. Perfect if you don’t trust Zapier with your secrets.

Next is @viciswho explaining on how to setup high definition video for streaming, office meetings, etc.

Next up is @ChiefGyk3D with a solution for backing up your icloud data to your synology NAS using icouldpd in case apple loses files. Also features docker. (Commenters have noted that you can also install Synology Photos on your iOS devices, and that it provides automatic backups just like iCloud). If you have your very own telco closet at home or are a datacenter mole person like me, this you might appreciate this tutorial.