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Between the start of my ISP outage and when I got my servers connected through my phone it seems my masto queue jot backed up with like 1000 jobs and because it is doing "the thing" again it is taking a long time to clear the backlog.

By the end of the month I aim to solve that problem with a new storage server and eventually replace all my VMs with a small cluster of little single-board computers because I'm tired/bored of the cloudy layers of VMs and containers.

So I'll be a nerd rancher with a herd of smol computers.

@msh Can highly recommend also from a cost perspective. Just scale it to 5 years and you'll be amazed how crazy cheap hardware is.

I'm currently testing waiting for one of these to arrive for evalutation:

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/desktops/thinkcentre/m-series-tiny/thinkcentre-m75q-gen-2/11tc1mtm7g2

Obviously you loose some connectivity, but if that's acceptable, go for it :)

@msh Your "herd of smol computers" reminds me of a post by a devops guy in Germany. His team runs a large system but in their case they eschew Kubernetes for a "herd of Docker containers". He says the added complexity of managing K8S outweighs its benefits.

@puzzled I think this is a symptom of giant enterprises co-opting FOSS. Giant enterprises have big itches to scratch and everything must be scalable and extensible to epic data centre levels. Thus they back projects that serve their needs, and dev-ops people adopt the projects that are foisted upon them at their jobs.

For example I set up and maintained a small OpenStack environment for awhile...what a giant mess that is! Very powerful and flexible and waaaay too much if you have less than say, 100 machines to manage.

Everything from cloud management tools to web frameworks are so over-complicated. Even Mastodon is that way--designed for one instance to scale to 100k+ users. That is so ridiculous! We need many smol systems not a few big systems! Too few too big systems is why things are so crappy right now!

@msh 100%. When trying to keep up with news in the world of s/w development, I try to be on guard against The Latest Thing™️ coming out of FAANG et al.

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