Martin Jahr

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How to stay calm in a world full of crazy work

We all know the concept of “work hard then you get your rewards”. Maybe I am late but suddenly strikes me the insight — exhausting yourself at work and trying to relax at after-work hours is the wrong concept.

This again is just another internalized occurance of the ancient way…


A small weekend automation project with Terraform & Ansible

Motivation

Nextcloud as a communication solution is waiting in my backlog for a long time. Again and again something else came up — now I have a real use case. Our Git for Kids Learning Circle has started for the first time and apart from zoom, it doesn’t really have a…


Avoid Shaving the Yak with this concise checklist

Do you know the phrase “Shaving a Yak”? This phrase was coined at the MIT in the Nineties, and refers to a set of seemingly unneccessary steps that you have to do before you can do what you really want to achieve. More often than not, I feel that way…


How can we evolve to no-frills publishing?

Recently, in a Knowledge Manager Community meeting, someone raised the question “How can I convert Word files to Markdown without getting crazy?” A lively debate was the consequence, everybody had something to report about nested tables, unconvertable drawings, and the like. …


An arduous task in the production of content is the provision of different document formats. Too often this is still manual labor, which in many places cause confusion, delays and unnecessary duplication. I always wanted to change this, and now it’s about time.

From the lernOS community I got the…


…but take a step back and think about it first

“We need more online tools in schools” — is currently on the top five list of topics that don’t have “corona” in their headline. Yes but how? As a long-time consultant for enterprise change processes, I am a big fan of collaboration methodologies, which allow me to structure the work…


An overview about the different operational modes of Terraform

Manageing big-scale infrastructure with Terraform components

Hashicorp’s Terraform offering has passed quite a distance since the standalone binary was introduced some years ago.

While the Terraform Enterprise edition has offered a web-based UI and advanced operational features for some years now, community users had to deal with the management of operational artifacts on the command line…


Expanding my automation toolbox

Sometimes I come into the situation that data dumps are stored as S3 files and need to be imported into Kafka in an easy and reliable way.

Commercial connectors are not an option for me, so I worked with different tools and import combinations. Kafka Connect turned out to be…


You might be old enough to have read Philip K. Dick in your youth, or maybe you happend to tune into the “Electric Dreams” TV series, which includes an episode based on the “Autofac” story. …


How to manage a personal professional brand with multiple identities

The Agile Self

It was easy in the old days when one could be perceived as a professional construction engineer at work, and spending after-work hours breeding rare tomato varieties or performing in a jazz band. …

Martin Jahr

Digital Designer & life-long learner of computers & humans. Now up to create, coach and deliver learning deployment strategies in Germany where things are late.

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