About a moto-scooter I own

I purchased a Honda Dio moto-scooter in August 2014 last year, mainly for work commute purposes and I’ve been trying to monitor its mileage performance for a while since then. This post is about my observations, and some mileage data that may help others quantify their own purchases. I’ve so far consistently gotten an average of 52+ kilo-meters, per litre of petrol, which is very satisfactory.

Below are some of the mileage charts from data I’ve collected via Fuelio app since March/April 2014 till August 2015.

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Some notes:

  • I try to brake as less as I can, preferring to drive slower instead when I can judge a signal or jam coming up, and gradually halting at such points when possible.
  • The lower two points of the Fuel Consumption charts represent a period of driving where I had to brake a lot more (more erratic driving style than usual).
  • I do my best to stay in speed limits, and in the economy range (35-45 km/h).

Trusting self-signed SSL certificates in Cloudera Hue

Using self-signed certificates is an easy process. Its very useful in local test environments, something we often rely on at my work.

However, it has its cons when the width of the ecosystem weighs in (software written in languages other than Java, such as Python, C++, etc.), as the support and configuration for trusting self-signed certificates varies from platform to platform.

For Cloudera Hue, which runs on Python (and uses PyOpenSSL plus the Python Requests libraries), while running it over a self-signed certificate file is as easy as configuring it, making it trust other services that it talks to (such as HDFS or YARN) gets difficult when the mentioned services also utilise self-signed certificates. You may often run into the following error or similar forms, within Hue’s File Browser, and other parts, for example:

Processing exception: [Errno 1] _ssl.c:492: error:14090086:SSL routines:SSL3_GET_SERVER_CERTIFICATE:certificate verify failed: Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/opt/cloudera/parcels/CDH-5.4.4-1.cdh5.4.4.p0.4/lib/hue/build/env/lib/python2.6/site-packages/Django-1.6.10-py2.6.egg/django/core/handlers/base.py", line 112, in get_response
    response = wrapped_callback(request, *callback_args, **callback_kwargs)
  File "/opt/cloudera/parcels/CDH-5.4.4-1.cdh5.4.4.p0.4/lib/hue/build/env/lib/python2.6/site-packages/Django-1.6.10-py2.6.egg/django/db/transaction.py", line 371, in inner
    return func(*args, **kwargs)
  File "/opt/cloudera/parcels/CDH-5.4.4-1.cdh5.4.4.p0.4/lib/hue/apps/jobbrowser/src/jobbrowser/views.py", line 119, in jobs
    raise ex
RestException: [Errno 1] _ssl.c:492: error:14090086:SSL routines:SSL3_GET_SERVER_CERTIFICATE:certificate verify failed

While not something you’d want to do on a production grade cluster, you can still get Hue to work in such an environment by applying a small change in the Hue process environment. If you use Cloudera Manager, you could append the below into the CM -> Hue -> Configuration -> Hue Server Environment Advanced Configuration Snippet (Safety Valve) field, save and restart the Hue service:

REQUESTS_CA_BUNDLE=/opt/certificates/host-certs.pem

This utilises the Python Requests library feature of using a custom CA Certificate bundle instead of the default one (which PyOpenSSL appears to self-bundle, rather than reuse the system default certs). You only need to make sure that the pointed PEM file carries all the necessary host certificates (and chain certificates) to allow Hue to talk to every applicable service in the cluster.

Hat tip to my most excellent colleague, Chris Conner, for pointing me to this feature.

A fresh start

Welcome, whoever still visits here!

I’ve just changed hosting (thank you Surya for hosting me all these past years), and as you may notice, I cleared away all old content, for a fresh new start.

A lot has changed in my life over the last ten years I’ve run this personal website, so its time I also changed the content to focus more on the current.