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Now AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional!

I’m happy to report that just shy of two years after I posted that I’m an AWS Certified Solutions Architect! (Associates level), that I’ve now leveled up to the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional level! As my AWS experience has hit the roughly 5 year mark (and my associates was expiring) it turned out to be an opportune time for an upgrade. There isn’t much I can say that...

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CoreOS Fest 2017

Just a bit over a week ago I had the opportunity to attend CoreOS Fest 2017 at the lovely Pier 27 in San Francisco. You might remember this same structure from my cruise posts as Pier 27 serves double duty as event center and cruise ship terminal. Now that I’ve had a chance to see both sides of the building, I definitely recommend the cruise terminal portion. Not that I...

I’m an AWS Certified Solutions Architect! 1

I’m an AWS Certified Solutions Architect!

I’m pleased to report that as of Wednesday afternoon I’m an AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. While I’ve been working in/on/around AWS for years now, it’s nice to have the certification that proves I know what I’m doing. Amazon’s testing, unlike a lot of the certifications in tech (I’m looking at you CompTIA A+), is 100% about the real world. While that makes it harder, it makes the testing...

Project “Falcon” – The DIY Router (server?) Experiment 1

Project “Falcon” – The DIY Router (server?) Experiment

As previously mentioned, I work in a “Cloud company” which typically means we claim we’re a “serverless” office. However sometimes I need a server-like machine to make a point. For this particular project we needed a machine that was, for all intents and purposes, a server… except I wanted to build it myself. It wasn’t so much to save money, but so I could customize the machine to get exactly...

OpenDNS Umbrella – Safety or Zombies? 7

OpenDNS Umbrella – Safety or Zombies?

We started evaluating OpenDNS Umbrella at the office while back. While I’ve always been a big fan of OpenDNS (and even applied to work there once), I was reluctant to get into this “Umbrella” service. Not because I fear Umbrella Corp, but because it just didn’t seem useful. What little info I skimmed on the web wasn’t exactly what one would call exciting. After taking it for a spin, I’ve...