Links for 2018-07-10

  • Basho investor to pay up $20m in damages for campaign that put biz on ‘greased slide to failure’ • The Register

    This is disappointing. Basho was very promising.

    An investment fund and its manager have been ordered to pay up $20.3m after “misinformation, threats and combative behaviour” helped put NoSQL database biz Basho on a “greased slide to failure”. As reported by The Register, the once-promising biz, which developed the Riak distributed database, faded away last year amid severe criticisms of the way its major investor, Georgetown Capital Partners, operated. These centred around the control the investment firm and boss Chester Davenport gained over Basho, and how that power was used to block other funders and push out dissenting voices, with the hope of selling the company off fast.

    (tags: basho distcomp riak vc software silicon-valley)

  • Scarr

    S3 + Cloudfront + ACM + Route53, automated.

    There are a bunch of free/cheap options for hosting static sites (just html/css/js) out there: github pages, netlify, firebase hosting – but when I want to build a bulletproof static site “for real”, my go-to toolset is S3 for hosting with Cloudfront caching in front of it. I figured that after a few times doing this, I’d automate it. There are a few pre-existing tools for parts of this, but none I could find that did the whole thing from registration through uploading and Cloudfront invalidation.

    (tags: cli acm aws s3 cloudfront route53 static-sites web html hosting)

  • Hospitality boom: What’s happening with Dublin’s bars and restaurants?

    Good article with an insider look at what’s going on with venues, bars and restaurants in Dublin:

    They call it “meanwhile use” in property developer shorthand. It’s the market or cafe that slots itself temporarily into a building earmarked for redevelopment. Rent is low and terms are flexible. Cheap space is hewn out of a lull. Cool creative things happen. You don’t need the backing of a private equity fund or a multinational developer to set up a cafe or restaurant. No one is asking for a six-figure sum just to hand you the keys. […] That era has gone. Landlords are back in the driving seat. Between the canals the key money, a once-off upfront payment just to get the keys, is mind-boggling. The pace of new openings seems relentless and “not particularly sustainable”, as one industry insider puts it: how many burritos do you have to sell when you’ve paid €500,000 upfront, before the costs of fitting it out, staffing it and paying the rent?

    (tags: dublin hospitality bars restaurants pubs nightlife landlords property boom key-money)

  • Dublin Cargo Bike Rental

    EUR40 per day from the Dutch Bike Shop in Belfield

    (tags: dutch-bikes bakfiets cargo-bikes cycling bikes rental dublin)

  • Google Cloud Platform Blog: Introducing Jib

    ‘build Java Docker images better’:

    Jib takes advantage of layering in Docker images and integrates with your build system to optimize Java container image builds in the following ways: Simple – Jib is implemented in Java and runs as part of your Maven or Gradle build. You do not need to maintain a Dockerfile, run a Docker daemon, or even worry about creating a fat JAR with all its dependencies. Since Jib tightly integrates with your Java build, it has access to all the necessary information to package your application. Any variations in your Java build are automatically picked up during subsequent container builds. Fast – Jib takes advantage of image layering and registry caching to achieve fast, incremental builds. It reads your build config, organizes your application into distinct layers (dependencies, resources, classes) and only rebuilds and pushes the layers that have changed. When iterating quickly on a project, Jib can save valuable time on each build by only pushing your changed layers to the registry instead of your whole application. Reproducible – Jib supports building container images declaratively from your Maven and Gradle build metadata, and as such can be configured to create reproducible build images as long as your inputs remain the same.

    (tags: build google java docker maven gradle coding builds jars fat-jars packaging)

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