A cold backup, also called an offline backup, is a database backup where the database is offline and thus not accessible for updating. DigitalOcean is an American virtual private server provider based in New York City with a pay-per-use price model. With a current price of $0.714 per hour for...

Jenkins is the industry-standard open source continuous integration tool. The time I first heard about Jenkins was during the DevopsDays in Hamburg 2010. It was not known as Jenkins back then, but as Hudson. Jenkins was forked from Hudson early 2011. Think of Jenkins as a cron daemon with a...

For a couple of years ago I tried out the pomodoro technique and was quite happy with the workflow. Even though it gave good results for work done during my work hours, I found it hard to consistently use the technique over time and eventually stopped using it. About a...

Pingdom does not offer functionality in their web interface to have maintenance windows. As of right now, we have a blocking backup of our MySQL database every night. It is annying to get alerts from Pingdom because of this, so I had to create a simple solution by using the...

Inspired by the logstash cookbook on logging to JSON-format in Apache, I made a similar nginx log_format to make nginx log to Logstash JSON-format as well. The configuration is quite similar to the Apache configuration, but nginx got more sensible variable names. The configuration below needs to be included within...