Blog Post #380:  I LOVE technology terms like Kubernetes

Blog Post #380:  I LOVE technology terms like Kubernetes

Taken from:  https://medium.freecodecamp.org/learn-kubernetes-in-under-3-hours-a-detailed-guide-to-orchestrating-containers-114ff420e882

Some computer humor (humour) today!!!

Many, many years ago (when almost everything was from a mainframe computer).  I used my punch cards and Fortran or COBOL and a big IBM system, there was a little ditty that was a paraphrase of Genesis 1:1.  “In the beginning, there was the bit, and the bits became bytes, and bytes become words and confusion covered the face of computing; and IBM looked upon it and said ‘It is profitable’!!”

After those many years, I still am learning (although not quite to the degree I was before).  I’ve learned the ‘blame game’ (not from me, but from others):

Me:  What went wrong with my computer?
Hardware Person:  It was the software faults

Developer/software person:  No it was the hardware faults

Security Person:  No, no no!! It was the network’s fault

… and continuing – something went wrong in the cloud; sunspots; the internet service provider was down; we’re using Unix, but the server is running Microsoft; (and many more)

But, the real mistake was probably an “ID ten T” error (or user error) [“ID10T” as in the user screwed up again]!!  (I was really an expert in ID ten T errors!!!)

I found in a discussion group the term “Kubernetes”,  I had no clue what that was, but my friends at WIkipedia helped me out:

Kubernetes (commonly stylized as K8s) is an open-source container-orchestration system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications. It was originally designed by Google and is now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. It aims to provide a “platform for automating deployment, scaling, and operations of application containers across clusters of hosts.” It works with a range of container tools, including Docker.”

And farther down in the Wikipedia link was this:

“ Its development and design are heavily influenced by Google’s Borg system, and many of the top contributors to the project previously worked on Borg. The original codename for Kubernetes within Google was Project Seven, a reference to Star Trek character Seven of Nine that is a ‘friendlier’ Borg. The seven spokes on the wheel of the Kubernetes logo is a nod to that codename.”

That really made it perfectly clear!!!  Of course, it made me want to go back and watch Star Trek and find the character “Seven of Nine” (glad, that is not my name).  I also thought of all those years I ‘wasted’ in the classroom when all I really needed to do was to watch Star Trek!!!

Ah yes, so after all these years, the phrase is almost the same, with one change:  “In the beginning there was the bit, and the bits became bytes, and bytes become words and confusion covered the face of computing, and Google looked upon it and said ‘It is profitable’!!”

The article said I could learn how to orchestrate containers in three hours.  I’m used to orchestrating with instruments – orchestrating with containers might be interesting!!!

Bruce

Posted by Bruce White

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