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To say that Docker had a very rough 2017 is an understatement. Aside from Uber, I can’t think of a more utilized, hyped, and well funded Silicon Valley startup (still in operation) fumbling as bad as Docker did in 2017. People will look back on 2017 as the year Docker, a great piece of software, was completely ruined by bad business practices leading to its end in 2018. This is an outside facing retrospective on how and where Docker went wrong and how Docker’s efforts to fix it are far too little way too late.

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Docker is Good Software

To be clear, Docker has helped revolutionize software development. Taking Linux primitives like cgroups, namespaces, process isolation, etc. and putting them into a single tool is an amazing feat. In 2012, I was trying to figure out how development environments could be more portable. Docker’s rise allowed a development environment to become a simple, version controllable Dockerfile. The tooling went from Packer, Vagrant, VirtualBox, and a ton of infrastructure to Docker. The Docker UI is actually pretty good too! It’s a good tool with many applications. The folks on the Docker team should be very proud of the tooling they built.

Docker is a Silicon Valley Darling

Docker’s early success lead to the company building a big community around its product. That early success fueled funding round after funding round. Well known investors like Goldman Sachs, Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, and Insight Venture Partners lined up to give truckloads of money to Docker. To date, Docker has raised capital investments totaling between $242 to over $250 million dollars.

But, like most well funded, win at all cost start-ups of the 2010s, Docker made some human resources missteps. Docker has protected some crappy people along its rise. This led to my personal dislike of the company’s leadership. The product is still quality but it doesn’t excuse the company’s behavior AT ALL. Sadly, this is the case for a lot of Silicon Valley darlings and it needs to change.

Kubernetes Dealt Damage to Docker

Docker’s doom has been accelerated by the rise of Kubernetes. Docker did itself no favors in its handling of Kubernetes, the open source community’s darling container orchestrator. Docker’s competing product, Docker Swarm, was the only container orchestrator in Docker’s mind. This decision was made despite Kubernetes preferring Docker containers at first. Off the record, Docker Captains confirmed early in 2017 that Kubernetes discussions in articles, at meetups, and at conferences was frowned upon by Docker.

Through dockercon17 in Austin this Kubernetes-less mantra held. Then, rather abruptly, at dockercon EU 17 Docker decided to go all in on Kubernetes. The sudden change was an obvious admission to Kubernetes’ rise and impending dominance. This is only exacerbated by the fact that Docker sponsored and had a booth at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2017.

Moby?

No one understood what Docker was doing in April at dockercon17 when it announced Moby. Moby is described as the new upstream for the Docker project. But, the rollout of Moby was not announced in advance. It was as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror when the drastic shift from Docker to Moby occurred on GitHub as Solomon Hykes was speaking at dockercon17. This drastic and poorly thought through change required intervention from GitHub staff directly.

Not only was the change managed poorly, the messaging was given little consideration as well. This led to an apology and later hand drawn explanations of the change. This further muddies the already cloudy container space and Docker (or is it Moby?) ecosystem. The handling of the Moby rollout continues to baffle those working in the industry. The Docker brand is likely tarnished due to this.

The Cold Embrace of Kubernetes

Docker’s late and awkward embrace of Kubernetes at the last possible moment is a sign of an impending downfall. When asked if Docker Swarm was dead, Solomon Hykes tweeted, “Docker will continue to support both Kubernetes and Swarm as first-class citizens, and encourage cross-pollination. Openness and choice create a healthier ecosystem for everyone.” The problem here is that Docker Swarm isn’t fully baked and is quite far from it. The Docker Swarm product team and its handful of open source contributors will not be able to keep up with the Kubernetes community. As good as the Docker UI is the Kubernetes UI is far superior. It’s almost as if Docker is conceding itself to being a marginal consulting firm in the container space.

Conclusion

The real problem with Docker is a lack of coherent leadership. There appears to have been a strategic focus around a singular person in the organization. This individual has been pushed further and further away from the core of the company but still remains. The company has reorganized and has shifted its focus to the enterprise. This shift makes sense for Docker’s investors (the company does have a fiduciary responsibility after all). But, this shift is going to reduce the brand’s cool factor that fueled its wild success. It is said that, “Great civilizations are not murdered. They commit suicide.” Docker has done just that.

Bonus: Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy Theory: Docker knows it is over for them. The technical folk decided to roll out Moby drastically and embraced Kubernetes suddenly to make sure their work still lives on. #Docker #DevOps

— Chris Short (@ChrisShort) December 29, 2017

I floated out a theory on Twitter about the awkward moments for Docker in 2017. It is possible Docker knows the end is near for the company itself. As organizational changes have indicated a pending exit (likely through acquisition), the technical core of the company prioritized some changes. Donating containerd to CNCF, making Moby the upstream of Docker, and embracing Kubernetes will immortalize the good work done by the folks at Docker. This allows a large organization like Oracle or Microsoft to come along and acquire the company without worrying about the technological advances made by Docker employees being locked behind licenses. This provides the best of both worlds for the software teams and company itself. Needless to say, 2018 will be an interesting year for Docker.

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futurile
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This is a community, tech centric analysis. Business wise they appear to have struggled to keep their business strategy aligned with organisational growth and change. I have a lot of sympathy. They remain in the driving seat, with a massive opportunity: big year ahead
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So is it like math where you read all the nested words first then work your way out?
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I have been accused (by some) of using (entirely) too many parentheses in conversation (both written (email) and spoken).
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How the climbing app Rakkup could provide backcountry skiers with fast, mobile guidebook access

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Exploring new territory often requires finding a source for good beta. Maps, routes and terrain intricacies all present questions that even local experts need at times. And with modern technology, there are a number of resources available to help make the process easier. But it can be tricky to wade through the abundance of digital observation data and the latest avalanche apps. Enter Rakkup, an application that takes guidebook content and modifies it to be mobile.

Why haven’t you heard of Rakkup until now? It has, until recently, been geared primarily toward climbers. But Nate Greenberg, a dedicated tele-skier based in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., saw this as an opportunity.

Husted navigates the skintrack with the new Rakkup app. [Photo] Nate Greenberg

In 2006, Greenberg helped found the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center and now sits as president of the board of directors. He is also co-author of Backcountry Skiing California’s Eastern Sierra, so when he came across Rakkup, he immediately saw the potential for adding skiing guidebooks to the app’s repertoire.

To do this, he teamed up with Rakkup, which now boasts five backcountry ski guidebooks for California’s Eastern Sierra, Washington’s Mt. Baker, Wyoming’s Teton Pass, and Colorado’s Silverton and Crested Butte, Colo., converted to digital form from the original in-print book and all accessible through the app to purchase or rent. And while there are only a few guidebooks currently available, Greenberg hopes to add more in the future as he pursues authors and publications to join the network. But in the meantime, here’s what Rakkup offers.

Digital guidebooks could make tricky summits more accessible. [Photo] Nate Greenberg

The Purpose

Rakkup is designed to facilitate safety and travel by listing peaks, routes, photos and in-depth descriptions of difficulty, hazard level and slope aspect of a given location. It also includes information like tour length, elevation, best time of year to go, known slidepaths, headwalls that may be dangerous and gear-selection tips, like noting whether or not you may need a rope, ice axe or crampons.

The app provides the added benefit of filtering search results depending on what a user is looking to do as well as avoid. If the avalanche report calls for more danger on northeast-facing slopes, a filter can show all other slopes and slope angles to avoid. The Rakkup team is currently working to take this technology a step further by providing an automatic update for terrain choices based on daily avalanche-center reports, and they hope to incorporate user reports into the mix in the future.

“My feeling of the app’s main purpose is that it connects people with appropriate terrain,” Greenberg says. “In general, guidebooks provide people with options in terrain with the hopes of helping people make good decisions relative to ability and the conditions of avalanche danger.”

Rakkup vs. Other Apps

Competition lurks around every corner of the app world, and certain Rakkup features overlap with those of Mountain Hub—which crowd-sources maps and routes for various sports like mountain biking, skiing and trail running—and Fat Map, which provides 3D imagery of backcountry zones and routes.

Rakkup may offer maps and observations, but pow slaying is still up to the skier. [Photo] Nate Greenberg

What sets Rakkup apart is its ability to provide guide-based material. It isn’t just tourers posting their daily observations but professionals gathering reputable and accurate information on terrain, documenting it and making that information available to users.

“We provide not just the lines on the map; we also [provide] content,” Greenberg says. “The copy, text, as well as the photos are all integrated; the platform is rich with multimedia from approaches to routes to difficulty levels.” 

Rakkup vs. Traditional Guidebooks

While holding a physical book is appealing, guidebooks can be heavy and susceptible to damage from the elements—not ideal for bringing into the mountains. Rakkup is designed to accommodate for flexibility and travel.

Greenburg describes Rakkup as “just one tool of many,” and continues: “I think a lot of people are relying on different [tools] in the backcountry. You can’t use it [Rakkup] in isolation, but it’s a great tool to be used in conjunction with a lot of things such as topographic maps, cell phones and compasses.”

Bottom Line: Rakkup may not be the one-stop app for tourers, but it’s a helpful resource when traveling unfamiliar territory or to get professional avalanche and weather observations on the fly.

Rakkup helps make remote objectives more accessible. [Photo] Nate Greenberg

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Mountain Skills: The tools and tricks to stay motivated in the skintrack

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Mornings can be rough, and even the most diehard skiers experience days when it’s hard to get out of bed. You cringe at the thought of jamming your bruised feet into your wet-from-yesterday ski boots, and all you want is to pull the blanket over your head and snuggle into the depths of your down comforter.

Last year I skied 2.5-million human-powered vertical feet, and there were definitely times when I just didn’t feel like skinning. I often wanted to ski one less run or even lay down in the snow and cry. But I knew that, to reach my goal, I had to become a master of motivating myself to start earlier, go longer, go faster and stop later.

I came up with tricks and tools to keep my motivation up, and I never regretted skiing more. Here’s what I learned.

Aaron Rice applies his motivational tricks on the skintrack. [Photo] Madeline Cecilia

Pick Fun Objectives

The easiest way to be motivated for a morning dawn patrol is to pick an objective with high “wahoo” factor. Deep snow, a short approach and a scenic route are always a plus. When the tour plan calls for a five-mile skin on flat terrain through dense tree cover, it’s going to be harder to set an alarm. Add variable snow conditions to the mix and you’ll be pressing snooze until next week.

Set Big Goals

One of the tools that’s been most successful in boosting my time-spent-to-fun-had ratio is setting season-long goals. At the beginning of the winter, I spend time thinking about what I’d like to achieve during the coming season. These goals often include the number of days I wish to spend on skis or the amount of vertical feet I hope to climb. But I have friends who are less numerically driven, and they set different types of goals: pushing to ski things that scare them, skiing every month of the year or skiing in a new location at least once each week. It’s up to you to find and set goals for yourself that you truly want to achieve. The motivation will follow.

Set Small Goals

Grand goals are just the sum of their parts: smaller goals that, over time, have a big impact. And when it comes to setting small goals, the simpler the better. When I was exhausted last year, I would pick a tree 100 feet in front of me and just try to get there. Then I would pick another tree and aim for that one. Before I knew it, I was at the summit and ready to reap the rewards. Small, easily attainable goals—stacked one on top of another—soon become successful big goals.

Pick Good Partners

To find the right partner, you must first know yourself. Learn what type of skier you are. Do you like to go light and fast? Do you like to bring a big, heavy ski and frame binding and huck on the way down? Whatever it may be, know yourself and pick your partners accordingly. If my goal is to climb as many vertical feet as possible, there are some touring partners I would never ask to join in on my mission. On other days, I may want to explore a techy line, and I’ll probably call completely different people. I know that each of my touring partners makes the same call when they decide whether or not to invite me on a tour.

Pack the Night Before

This may seem insignificant, but it helped me wake up and be a better touring partner. If I’m all ready to go in the morning, I can sleep a bit longer and roll out of bed faster because I’m not stressed about tracking down clean socks, and I show up on time.

Sign Up for a Skimo Race

A skimo race may sound intimidating, but there’s so much to gain from doing just one. Many ski towns have a citizen-series weekly race where all levels are welcome. I remember the first skimo race I attended: I got crushed. In the hour-long race, I took off my pack at each transition to store my helmet, goggles, skins and layers. Meanwhile people were flying by me with packs never touching the ground. For me, the takeaway was not to buy lighter gear and get Spandex to shove my skins into, but rather to change my mentality. I realized that I needed to learn to rip skins with my skis still on, to kickturn correctly, to travel through the mountains efficiently and to use that knowledge in the backcountry to be safer, have more fun and ultimately ski more.

Have a Great Plan B

The best way to have a failed day is to pick just one objective and get shut down. While skiing in Colorado one spring, a good friend taught me to always have a plan B, C and D and to make sure that each of those plans is almost as good as plan A, if not better. When plan A falls through, the stoke remains just as high. Then, after the day is over, you can look back at the great time you had and not on a catastrophic slog, which will keep you excited for tomorrow.

Bottom Line: After nearly 10 years of backcountry skiing, I’ve learned that the only way to stay motivated is to have fun. Most of my tricks just facilitate a good time. If you’re doing the thing you love, you’ll be motivated to do more of it. All of the tactics for staying motivated to ski can apply to anything you do in life—if we have fun with the people we want to be around, our lives will be enriched.

This week, videographer Tyler Wilkinson-Ray premiered his film 2.5 Million, a Banff Mountain Film Festival select that documents Aaron Rice’s journey to ski 2.5-million vertical feet in 2016. The film, a Banff Mountain Film Festival select, is now available to viewers. To learn more about the project, visit airandrice.com.

2.5 Million from WILDER on Vimeo.

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A good reminder, particularly as I failed to get out this morning and instead landed up marooned on the sofa reading the Internet. Pack the night before!
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QC Lab: Personal Anchor Systems Explained

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I’m old-school. I clip in with draws when cleaning a sport anchor, I don’t wear a helmet when I’m sport climbing, and I use just the rope with a clove hitch to tie myself into the anchor when I get to the belay of a multi-pitch climb. When I’m rappelling off a route, I’ll use a couple of shoulder slings to tether myself in at each anchor. My personal philosophy is that I like having the least amount of stuff on me as possible, and the reality is I have the rope, and I have the slings—so why not use them? Images: Andy Earl Historically people have used daisy chains (incorrectly) as tethers. The pockets on daisy chains are typically quite weak—between 2-5kN, and the potential for mis-clipping a daisy (across the tack) is real: Daisy chains should really be used for aid climbing and not as a personal tether. So, what are people to do? Well, as climbing evolves, things change, and over the last several years “Personal Anchor Systems” (a nice descriptive term coined by o...Read More
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a) rope systems lead to less load b) girth hitch through both tie in points NOT through the belay point.
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Mountain Skills: Use a checklist to facilitate better decisions

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If you’ve taken an avalanche class recently, you may have heard the quote, “The world of snow and avalanches is a wicked learning environment.” When you’re out in the snow-covered hills, you don’t get hourly or daily feedback on whether or not you’re making good decisions. A day without incidents is always good, but it provides no benchmark for both good and bad decisions. And this cycle can be compounded: when we’re overconfident, we might skip steps when planning or traveling in the mountains. This is often when accidents happen.

Even the most seasoned bc traveler can use a decision-making guide to keep analysis of terrain and group communication a top priority. Checklists provide a systematic approach in avalanche terrain and can help beginners and longtime tourers alike sort information to facilitate better decisions. Here are a few reasons to use a checklist to facilitate decisions.

Carpenter works through her daily checklist. [Photo] Courtesy American Avalanche Insitute

A checklist provides a daily system

Some days in the backcountry go smoothly. Some don’t. If we use the same system day in and day out, we are less likely to skip a step. In The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande—a guide to dealing with life’s complex situations—he writes, “Discipline is hard—harder than trustworthiness and skill and perhaps even than selflessness. We are by nature flawed and inconstant creatures.” With this in mind, a checklist is a great way to ensure a basic level of discipline on any day, no matter how temping the powder may be.

A checklist facilitates easier communication

Have you ever been the least experienced person in the group and afraid to speak up? If this is ever the case, having a systematic approach to decision making that’s written down and can fit in your pocket can be empowering in tough situations and make communication with other group members easier. If you agree as a team that you’re going to use the checklist before you head out, then you have a framework for teamwork and communication as situations arise.

A checklist makes decisions more objective

Pre-trip planning is vital. Each day, you should identify terrain that is open, closed and on standby. It’s a lot easier to stick to the plan if this is done before walking out the door in the morning than if it’s done while you’re in the field. Powder fever is real, and if you’ve eliminated certain terrain before leaving the house, it’s easier to stick to appropriate terrain on tour, no matter what other groups are doing around you.

“A checklist cannot fly a plane,” Gawande writes. “Instead, they provide reminders of only the most critical and important steps—the ones that even the highly skilled professional using them could miss.”

How to start your checklist

Drafting a checklist that suits your needs can take years, but start with a simple concept. Break your day into categories. Start with a pre-trip plan—this happens inside in your slippers, before you walk out the door. Then move on to your in-the-field plan—what to do when approaching avalanche terrain and what questions should you ask every time? What’s going to kill you first? Finally, do a post-trip plan—this is an opportunity to learn from your day. Take the time to ask these questions every single time you’re out: Did we make good decisions? Did anything surprise us? What am I worried about for future tours? What should I share with the forecast center? The goal of a checklist is not to make a 20-page document, it’s to prioritize the steps that need to happen every single day.

Bottom Line: Checklists facilitate better procedures. They drive us to consider the important pieces of the puzzle each time we’re out. Dan Boorman, an expert in building checklists at Boeing reaffirms this: “[Checklists] can make priorities clearer and prompt people to function better as a team. By themselves, however, checklists cannot make anyone follow them.” So it’s up to you to set that standard for your friends and group members before venturing onto the skintrack.

Sarah Carpenter is the co-owner of the American Avalanche Institute and an AMGA-certified ski guide. Her first job out of college was ski patrolling at Bridger Bowl, Mont., and she’s been working in the snow and avalanche industry ever since as a patroller, ski guide and avalanche educator.

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Great set of situations for applying this technique
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