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.