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Ask Miss O11y   Observability  

How Do I Do Availability Checks in Honeycomb?

Let’s dig into what we mean by an Availability Check and how that maps to observability, tracing, and supporting production systems....

Ask Miss O11y   Instrumentation  

Ask Miss O11y: How Can I Convince My Organization to Invest in Instrumenting for Observability?

"Dear Miss O11y, I’ve been following Honeycomb for a long time, and I understand where the insights from observability fit in. But larger orgs haven’t...

Ask Miss O11y   Observability  

Ask Miss O11y: What Should An "Observability Team" Do?

People use “observability team” as a catchall basket for all kinds of things these days—from cutting-edge tech to truly heinous hacks. Eh, it is what...

Ask Miss O11y   Instrumentation  

Ask Miss O11y: My Manager Won't Let Me Spend Any Time Instrumenting My Code

In the same way as the business is likely ok with you writing developer-based tests (unit, automation, integration), instrumentation is the same. The conversation we...

Ask Miss O11y   Best Practices   Culture  

Going On Call for the First Time

Miss O11y addresses common concerns of being on call and provides helpful advice on how to overcome any fear it may bring....

Ask Miss O11y   OpenTelemetry  

What the Hell is Activity Anyway?

Dear Miss O11y, I use .NET and I keep seeing something called `Activity` but in OpenTelemetry there is only talk about “Span” and “Trace,” why?...

Ask Miss O11y   OpenTelemetry  

Ask Miss O11y: As a developer, how can I try out observability?

Dear Miss o11y, What's the first small thing to do in o11y that would teach me something, bring something valuable, and open the way for...

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Ask Miss O11y: Is the OpenTelemetry Collector useful?

Dear Miss O11y, I’ve been told I need to use the OpenTelemetry Collector, but I have no idea what it is, or why I need...

Ask Miss O11y   Tracing  

Ask Miss O11y: Not Your Aunt’s Tracing

Dear Miss O11y, How is modern observability using tracing, such as Honeycomb, different from the previous distributed tracing software I'm familiar with, like Dapper, at...

Ask Miss O11y   Instrumentation  

Ask Miss O11y: When should you delete instrumentation? 

When do you delete instrumentation? You delete instrumentation when you delete code. Other than that, if you’re doing things right: almost never. One of the...

Ask Miss O11y   Tracing  

Ask Miss O11y: Baggage in OTel

Miss O11y is delighted to welcome our newest band member: Martin Thwaites! Martin has been a member of the Honeycomb user community practically since its...

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Ask Miss O11y: Logs vs. Traces

Tracing looks like a lot of work. We already have logs. Why bother adding traces? Ah, good question!  TL;DR: Trace instead of log. Traces show...

Ask Miss O11y   Service Level Objectives  

Ask Miss O11y: Pls ELI5 TLAs like PRO, SRE, and SLOs!

Dear Miss O11y, I'm confused by all of the Three Letter Acronyms (TLAs) that have started popping up lately. This week, I got an email...

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Ask Miss O11y: Do I Need Observability If My Stack Is Boring?

Observability came out of microservices and cloud-native, right? If you have a simpler architecture, does o11y matter?” — this question came up during recent office...

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Ask Miss O11y: Making Sense of OpenTelemetry: Who’s There? The Resource.

I’m adding instrumentation code to my app. To set it up, I have to create a Resource. What does that mean? What can I do...

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