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The beginning of the end for traditional cable companies may be upon us. More feasible and easy to use cord-cutting options are becoming main streams like Play Station Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. We mustn't forget who started it all. Netflix and Hulu pioneered the over the top streaming services, then HBO leveraged their hit show Game of Thrones to launch HBO Now. But now the big boys have come to play, Disney and Apple are launching their new streaming services.

Disney+ is quickly going to be the big boy on the block. With their purchase of Star Wars, Marvel and Fox in addition to their existing massive archive there are no other studios in Hollywood with a catalog as deep. It only makes since Disney would want to create their app. If you look at their accusations of not only intellectual properties but also technology (BAMTech, LLC) you can see Disney has been planning this move to Digital for a while. If you have been to Disneyland you understand that Disney is the master of creating a curated and controlled experience. it only makes sense they would want to bring that same experience to their video content online.

Apple TV+... Well, there isn't much to be said yet. Apple is investing in its original content but doesn't have any sort of back catalog of content. So it is yet to be seen if Apple can pull off its streaming service.

The no-bake cheesecake is a no brainier dessert it’s easy and tastes good. You could probably even make it camping if you had a good cold cooler. But most recently at work we had a nacho party and I was volunteered to bring a dessert. I decided to experiment with the Jello no-bake cheesecake by adding an horchata flair. This recipe is practically as easy as the recipe on the box, you just need to get crafty with the milk substitute.

Horchata No-Bake Cheesecake

1 box of Jello No-Bake Cheese Cake
½ c. Heavy Whipping Cream
1 c. horchata
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. vanilla
1 pre-made graham cracker crust or use the crust mix that comes with cheese cake mix
caramel sauce

  • Mix the horchata, heavy whipping cream, cinnamon, and vanilla in a bowl. (this is your milk alternative)
  • Pour it in the mixer with the cheesecake mix and follow the directions on the box.
  • Optional: When served drizzle caramel sauce over the slice.

Since the F5 app for spunk has been abandoned I have been playing around with a simple F5 Splunk dashboard. This dashboard can be a quick one-stop health view for any application being load balanced by the F5.

Prerequisites are:
  • Your F5 LTM and or ASM are logging HSL (high-speed logging) to Splunk. (ASM is not a requirement)
  • Configure an HSL pool that includes the Splunk logging servers.
  • Configure the newest iRule on your F5 for logging to Splunk.
  • Associate the new logging iRule with virtual servers you want to monitor. 
  • Lastly set up an ASM logging profile to sending to Splunk. 

You can reference the documentation below to configure your F5 to log to Splunk.

Once that is complete you can create a new dashboard in Splunk. Then copy and paste the dashboard source code I have uploaded on my GitHub repository. Once you save the dashboard you should be able to type in the URL of the application you want to monitor, the corresponding F5 pool name and the time frame you are interested in.

GitHub link:

If you have improvements or comments please let me know. This is a work in progress and I am always looking to make it better.