OnBeep China Travel Kit

The Orion standard-issue China travel kit

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After our trip with the Highway1 Accelerator group in November, we came up with a basic “away team” kit for the essentials on the CDC travel list for China and/or difficult to get once you are there.

I get asked about how I travel a lot, so I thought I’d share here in hope that it helps you.

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First… a word on Toilets & Hygiene

  1. You have to carry your own tissues or small roll of toilet paper for the bathrooms in China, as it will rarely be provided outside of your hotel. Our kit includes a few packages of Kleenex White Facial Tissue, which I preferred to carrying little rolls of toilet paper.
  2. Chinese toilets are typically squat toilets. You will want to know how to use one before you need to use one. (Here is guide to using a squat toilet, here is another one.)
  3. Western-style commodes are often used by locals as squat toilets, which is why you will be glad you brought Charmin To Go Toilet Seat Covers.
  4. Soap is not something that is always provided either, so carry that Hand Sanitizer Gel!


Travel Health

You should see your doctor or your international travel clinic to get current CDC recommended vaccinations for travel to China. Your doctor may also prescribe an Antibiotic for Traveller’s diarrhea, along with other medications such as an antiemetic.

The Orion Labs Travel Kit

We started with the Adventure Medical Travel Medic Kit and supplemented it with extra Advil Tablets (which I needed), Imodium, and RecoverORS Rehydration Powder.

We also added Bonine Motion Sickness Protection because you can expect to spend so long in long bumpy van rides going from the factory to the hotel and back again.

Here is the our full kit…
OnBeep China Travel Kit
Here it is fully assembled
Fully Assembled

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Opscode Transition

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(Originally posted to the Opscode blog on November 13, 2012)

In the past year the Opscode community has grown to 20,000 registered users who have downloaded Opscode Chef almost 2 million times.  Chef now powers the automation of thousands of organizations which combine to reach nearly a billion people across the globe.

This month we will grow to over 1,000 amazing contributors to Opscode projects who have shared over 700 public cookbooks.  We have an outstanding conferencetraining, and event program which has reached thousands of people.

I am immensely proud of what we have created and accomplished together over the past 4 years as both a company and a community.

I also believe that we now have the right team and resources in place for our next stages of growth.  As a result, I have decided that in early 2013 I will step out of my current full-time role at Opscode and transition to an advisory position.

I believe in our team, technology, and the amazing people in our community, and I am deeply committed to our long-term success.  It is simply time for me to step aside and make room for others to make more awesome… I can’t wait to see what we do next.

With much love,

-Jesse Robbins Cofounder, Opscode, Inc.

PS: I will be taking a some time off over the next few weeks.  If you have questions before I return, please contact Jay Wampold – jay (at) opscode.com

Achieving Velocity…

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I just announced over on O’Reilly Radar that Steve Souders and I will be co-chairing Velocity, the new O’Reilly conference dedicated to Web Performance and Operations. Velocity is happening on June 23-24, 2008 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame, California.

Our theme is “Fast, Scalable, Resilient, Available”. We’re focusing on the crucial skills and knowledge needed by people who are building successful websites. This is the conference that many of us have wanted for a long time, and I’m really excited to help make it happen.

The Call for Participation for Velocity 2008 is open. Please the Velocity Proposals page for more details on submitting sessions. The submission deadline for all proposals is January 3, 2008.

Along with subscribing to the official RSS feed you can join the Facebook group and Upcoming event. Please use velocity08 when tagging.

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Agile Operations: Incident Command for IT

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A few months ago I started talking about “Agile Operations”, which is my adaptation of Incident Command to technology development and operations. Blaine Cook brought it up during the Web2.0 Expo Program Committee Meeting, and I realized that I hadn’t mentioned it here before.

I’m in the process of writing an introduction and some case-studies. I’m considering putting together a course.

(from wikipedia)
The Incident Command System (ICS) is a standardized, on-scene, all-hazard incident management concept. It is a management protocol originally designed for emergency management agencies and later federalized. ICS is based upon a flexible, scalable response organization providing a common framework within which people can work together effectively. These people may be drawn from multiple agencies that do not routinely work together, and ICS is designed to give standard response and operation procedures to reduce the problems and potential for miscommunication on such incidents.

ICS has been summarized as a “first-on-scene” structure, where the first responder on a scene has charge of the scene until the incident is resolved or the initial responder transitions incident command to an arriving, more-qualified individual.


ICS consists of procedures for controlling personnel, facilities, equipment, and communications. It is a system designed to be used or applied from the time an incident occurs until the requirement for management and operations no longer exist. ICS is interdisciplinary and organizationally flexible to meet the following management challenges:

  • Meet the needs of incidents of any kind or size.
  • Allow personnel from a variety of agencies to meld rapidly into a common management structure.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support to operational staff.
  • Be cost effective by avoiding duplication of efforts.

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