This was originally published on my blog https://www.redeving.dev/2020/05/hindsight-and-automation.html?m=1
The old adage of "hindsight is 20/20" is a wisdom so many of us forget until ... after. More flippantly, "sometimes we see better out our butts!"
Case in point. Our Wifi, or rather our Rogers-black-box-of-magic, decided to die. The LAN ports anyways. Both flashing orange (one to the cable box -- I think my wife is now coming around to the cable cutting 🤞as this is the 3rd time in a month or so -- and one to my network.) So, nothing but cellular (I really should make an offering of an old cell phone to the cellular gods...)
Luckily my wife's iPad could use my Pixel 2 XL hotspot! But my laptop can't for some reason. Damn! But that brings me to my point. Hindsight.
I was so caught up in getting the laptop ready with a Docker image for development (see my post https://www.redeving.dev/2020/05/can-hat-save-me-part-2.html?m=1 ) that I not only forgot to re-download a Docker image of Go, but I also forgot to install a local version of VSCode! Doh!
So instead of waiting for the delivery of the new (or whatever) Rogers modem and continuing my Go adventure, I'm doing some basic html\css stuff to put a basic drop-down menu on my blog with my text editor. All well and good (anyone remember using notepad for webdev?) but really? I am a dumbass!
Which brings us to the final point of automation. Ansible has been on my back burner for awhile now, but it has come to the top of the pile now. Then I can do bare metal deploys without all the manual stuff that, even with lists, can get stupid. Case in point!
Also, it's unexpectedly raining and thunderstorming so my outside Reno stuff is off (siding replacement around the new and smaller window -- one piece to cut, plus edging), inside Reno stuff (basement bathroom window and laundry room walls) is off since the weather gives my wife migraines, so no noise. Usually this would be great, more time to code!
But I limited myself, unnecessarily. If I had taken the time then, I wouldn't be in this pickle now.
Brain mantra ... ".. between noon and 2pm .. between noon and 2pm .. between noon and 2pm .. " The birds seem to be fascinated by me spinning around in the backyard trying to kick my own butt....