PGH Little Hack 1.1

I would like to thank everyone for their interest in this little project.  The vCommunity, including but not limited to Western Pennsylvania VMUG (@WPVMUG), vBrownBag (@vBrownBag), and the VMware Code () have brought this concept to life.

William Lam (@lamwand Alan Renouf (@alanrenouf) thank you guys for the #VMworldHackathon, as well as allowing Ariel Sanchez and I to bring this concept home.

Finally, thank you, Ariel Sanchez (, for “All the Things”.  I know that I have told you in person, so I will not go through the list here.  This wouldn’t have even been possible without you.

The “I don’t want to read all this” version:

We had our first #PGHLittleHack.  We didn’t have a lot of attendees, but we had a lot of fun geeking out.  In the months to come, we hope to have more attendees come and join the discussion. All are welcome.  Additionally, we promise to give way more notice for the next one 🙂

The attendees decided to have some fun checking out HUGO. HUGO is an Open Source website development software that can be tied into Github Pages.  Although our focus was HUGO, as in any conversation, we touched base on multiple subjects including Github repository workflows and Xmind for project mind mapping.  We hope that you choose to join us.

The “chatty” version:

As the night began, we started with some whiteboarding and equipment setup.  Yes, we have a new found respect for anyone that has to set up session equipment.

Using a Pi to share internet
Whiteboard Tables are cool






While Ariel hacked apart his home lab to repurpose equipment, I focused on figuring out what to work on.  Keeping in the spirit in which #PGHLittleHack was conceived, we decided to work on HUGO.  Although other items were on the board, namely Ansible configuration management and a Web front end for the vDocumentation project, our interest in blogging drove our decision.  For Ariel, HUGO could provide functionality as a central hub for all of his blogging activity, which I am sure is a fair amount.  For me, I just wanted to play with something new.  Since my recent post is my actual first blog post EVER, I wanted to get a feel for other products in the blogging ecosystem.

We were able to successfully walk through build and deploy HUGO to each of our user spaces in Github.

  • My page runs from a repository in Github.
  • This configuration allows me to leverage the Github SSL service.

  • Ariel’s page runs in the Github Pages space, which allows him to use his custom domain.
  • He is also using a different theme other than the default.

Overall HUGO is really easy to build and deploy.  Some software installation, a couple of commands using the quick start and some understanding of how  Github Pages works pretty much gets your site up and running.  Adding a CNAME pointer to your personal domains DNS record and a quick change of a HUGO configuration file and you have a new web space.  Some of the positives that I see for HUGO include:

  • Markdown language compatibility.
  • Themes are easily installed and quickly deployed.
  • Git integration for “oops I broke that” moments.
  • With HUGO, you can leverage Github Pages SSL for * pages or HUGO can be quickly integrated into a CDN.

Since this is the beginning of my use with HUGO, I don’t really have any critical feedback.  I just haven’t used it enough.  I guess that would be an expectation from a #PGHLittleHack.

Other topics came up, but that would make this blog post a lot longer.  I hope that it gives a reader an idea of what we are currently doing with this little project.  I hope that it makes you want to join us sometime. All are welcome to join the conversation.  We will keep you posted on future #PGHLittleHack.





Little Hack

VMworld US 2017 Hackathon

After VMworld 2017’s Hackathon, I had an itch.  I liked it, I loved it, I wanted more of it.  Can I wait another year to participate?  Wait, why am I waiting?  We can do this as much as we want.  All we need is a space and some help from the Pittsburgh and Western PA VMUG (@wpvmug).

1.1 now we begin….

Through some slack conversations on VMware code, Ariel Sanchez @arielsanchezmor was willing to provide space and some small lab equipment.  For our first session on Friday, September 15, 2017, we are going to get together to communicate, discuss concepts, and with any luck write some code.  As a note, this is not a traditional VMUG meeting with a sponsor.  As this matures, we may have an opportunity to bring in some speakers that fit the session format.

Event Details

Date: Friday, September 15, 2017

Time: 6:00 P.M. til Whenever.

Location: Morrow Park City Apartments, 5250 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh PA.

Parking: Street Parking is free after 6:00 PM

Equipment: A couple NUCs and a gig switch.  Thank you, Ariel Sanchez @arielsanchezmor for providing the space and equipment.

What to bring: All you need to bring is yourself and a laptop.  If you have a Github account, it would help us to share our code with the larger VMUG @myVMUG community.

It’s our hopes, that the attendees will bring some real-world issues based on their environment and/or a passion to learn something new about the technology that we all work in. There is no need to know how to code anything.  Each attendee will provide substance to this session.

There are no rules and no need to know concepts, coding languages, best practices, etc… Attendees will have an equal say in the work for the night.  Each attendee has the ability to provide substance to our process.

We only have one goal when starting this venture.  Have fun.  As the sessions get more refined, we will certainly expand the goals, but as attendees increase and goals change, I hope that we can keep this at the center.

I hope to some of my fellow peers at this Friday’s session.  If you miss it, don’t panic we are working to make this a regularly occurring session.

Based on the excitement surrounding the Hackathon, it seems that this concept may end up being a global VMware Hackathon community organized event with all the bells and whistles.  Until then, we will be using #PGHlittlehack for social media post.

If you have any questions, please contact Carl Capozza @carlcapozza or Ariel Sanchez @arielsanchezmor.