Coding Blocks

We discuss the things we’re excited about for 2021 as Michael prepared for a different show, Joe can’t stop looking at himself, and Allen gets paid by the tip of the week.

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Who’s Excited about What

  • Joe
    • Interactive online/streaming events
    • DevOps and SRE technologies
    • Python
    • Game development
  • Allen
    • .NET 5
    • DevOps technologies
    • Kubernetes
    • Game Jams
    • Big Data
    • Video content creation
    • Presentations
    • IoT
    • Machine Learning
  • Michael
    • Kubernetes all the things
    • Kotlin

Resources We Like

Must Buys

Price Description  
$17.99 Kasa Smart HS220 Dimmer Switch by TP-Link (AmazonBest Buy)
$17.46 Real-World Machine Learning (Amazon)

Tip of the Week

  • Manning Publications has a lot of their books available in audio form on Audible.
  • Top 9 companies that are hiring software engineers to work remotely (
  • iTerm2 – A terminal emulator for macOS that does amazing things. (
    • Use CMD+SHIFT+. to edit the command being pasted before running it.
  • Some helpful tips for the holiday season:
    • Capital One Shopping: Save in seconds (chrome web store)
    • Automatically find and apply coupon codes with Honey. (chrome web store)
    • Use PayPal Key as a virtual credit card to use your PayPal account anywhere credit cards are accepted. (PayPal)
      • Use Privacy to create single or limited use credit cards (
  • Port forward services from your Kubernetes cluster for external access to debug and test, like kubectl port-forward svc/svc-name 7000:8000.
    • Use Port Forwarding to Access Applications in a Cluster (
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