ISSUE #530 - 21st February 2021

A look at the package repository side of dependency confusion attacks, 2021 predictions, working in IT and tools for moving files between cloud storage services and more.

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What to expect from devops in 2021? This post pin-points some evergreen topics like security, a focus on the business, automation, but also the growth of low code and pipeline analytics and monitoring.

An interesting post from someone involved with accessing RubyGems after the recent dependency confusion attack interest.

Python is both a great programming language to get started with, and increasingly a useful extra tool to have in your toolbox for data and analytics work. This university course is a good starting place.

Another set of public course materials, this time on Systems Administration fundamentals. Storage, file systems, networking, common protocols, system security, configuration management and ethics for systems administrators among the topics.

A nice post on why lots of people enjoy working in IT. The people, the constant learning, the problem solving and more.

The recent changes around the CentOS project, with the new CentOS Streams approach, are triggering some interesting conversations. The new Hyperscale special interest group is just forming to discuss large scale deployment challenges and solutions.


Rclone (rsync for cloud storage) is a command line program to sync files and directories to and from different cloud storage providers like Google Drive, S3, Dropbox, Backblaze B2, One Drive, Google Cloud Storage and more.

A handy web service that makes it easy to check which cloud provider a website is using for it’s public services.

The above service is based on a set of handy open source libraries that also have accompanying CLI tools that do the same.

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