Author Archives: James Briggs

Boeing 737 MAX MCAS Nonsense

So, let me get this straight about the Boeing 737 MAX MCAS sensors: MCAS is non-redundant – it relies on only one of two fuselage-mounted external Angle-of-Attack (AoA) sensors to control the most critical flight control, the stabilizer that can … Continue reading

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oom-report linux Utility

Announcing a new SRE utility I wrote for processing linux syslog Out of Memory (OOM) entries, oom-report. It parses logfiles for OOMs and reports on how much RAM (vm + rss) each process used and sorts from smallest to largest. … Continue reading

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India Requests Additional MiG-29 Fighters

Interesting how supposedly “obsolete” but great military airplanes never disappear: USA has chosen the B-52 (first flown 1952) to outlast the B-1 and B-2 due to high maintenance costs and low dispatch rate of the newer stealth bombers. More. USA … Continue reading

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Comprehensive and Well-written Collection of Life and Business Development Topics

35 Hard Truths You Should Know Before Becoming “Successful” is a comprehensive and well-written collection of life and business development topics. They can be used in many useful ways: read in one sitting, combined with self-reflection as a sequence of … Continue reading

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Postgres Performance on AWS EBS

AWS EBS is network-attached storage … in other words, S L O W, compared to local SSD for Postgres database use. I’ve been seeing average disk latency of 0.55 – 0.80 milliseconds per block, and IOPS and bandwidth are throttled … Continue reading

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