Cat hair, pulleys, Kafka, Docker Swarm

That string and pulley tuning mechanism is likely the most interesting piece of technology engineering I've seen lately.

This old Pioneer SX-780 receiver is something my partner had when we initially moved in together. It's quite literally a corner piece to our living room and brings both our turntable and our wireless audio solution to life.

I recently had the top case removed to remove about a year's worth of cat hair from the inside (sorry audiophiles) and couldn't help but appreciate the refreshing simplicity of the internals. From the chunky diodes and capacitors to the colored wires jumpered from one side of the early PCB to the other, I knew I could make repairs on my own if it came to that.

The original manual!

Some technical highlights:

  • Receives AM/FM
  • A + B speaker outputs
  • 4 RCA inputs: AUX, Tape 1, Tape 2, Phono
  • 2 RCA outputs: Tape 1, Tape 2
  • Loudness switch
  • 15hz low frequency filter
  • Headphone output


Gently down the stream

  • River otters explain Apache Kafka, of course.

RFC 2100

  • "This RFC is a commentary on the difficulty of deciding upon an acceptably distinctive hostname for one's computer, a problem which grows in direct proportion to the logarithmically increasing size of the Internet."

What I've learned about data recently

  • Having recently joined a company focused on "big data" it's nice to see discussion about how engineers, not just scientists, are crucial to a functioning data pipeline.

The Apple M1, ARM/x86 Linux Virtualization, and BOINC

  • Still loving my M1 laptop 6 months in

Docker Swarm Rocks

  • Nomad and Kubernetes are solid orchestrators, but you're telling me I could deploy application stacks in a distributed cluster with the same Docker Compose YAML file?