Now AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional!
September 13, 2017
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 I didn’t say in my previous post – other than the professional level test is much more challenging.
CoreOS Fest 2017
June 13, 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 didn’t greatly enjoy CoreOS Fest… but vacation always wins. Anyways, enough about the building, let’s talk about Kubernetes – because it was definitely the highlight of the conference. While I don’t think the Fest is bigger than Kubecon, it certainly was no slouch.
I’m an AWS Certified Solutions Architect!
October 23, 2015
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 all the more invaluable.
Project “Falcon” – The DIY Router (server?) Experiment
April 14, 2015
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 what I wanted out of it (and because it was a fun diversion). The result of that was known as “Project Falcon”.
OpenDNS Umbrella – Safety or Zombies?
August 8, 2013
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 found that it actually is useful, though their marketing material is convoluted.
Has the air been let out of the Web2.0 Bubble?
May 22, 2012
I’m not really sure what to call our current tech bubble, so I decided that Web2.0 is probably most applicable. Regardless of what you call it, there is no denying that things are looking very similar to the 2000’s “Dot Com” Bubble. A company makes a pictionary clone and gets bought for $200 million. A small group makes an app to take retro looking pictures and share them; they get purchased for $1 billion. Then there is the Facebook IPO, a company valued at $100 billion, or roughly $100 per user. Now that “FB” is public, we can keep an eye on what the rest of the world thinks of our tech bubble… and it’s not looking good.
Review: Doxie Go (Scanner)
December 8, 2011
This week I got a brand new Doxie Go scanner. If you’ve never heard of it, have no fear. It’s a brand new model and honestly, I hadn’t heard about any of the other “Doxie” products before either. The Go is a portable cordless (not wireless – there’s a difference) scanner that has a built in battery and memory to scan “on the go”. It is a feed scanner that will do 300 dpi by default; it is also able to do 600 dpi. It is by no means a photo-scanner (Translation: It is not the device you use if you want to digitize your memories of high school forever in a digital format), that’s not what it is designed for. This is the scanner that you can drop into your bag/backpack/whatever, pull out and be scanning homework/receipts/printouts/instructions/bills/mail/notes in a matter of seconds.
“Cloud” versus Hardware – Costs
December 11, 2008
It really humors me how much news I’ve seen as of late about “Cloud Computing”. Granted I’ve gotten more into that specific niche, so, I’m reading more into it. The one thing that a number of “major” news stories tout is how much money will be saved by using the “Cloud”. News flash… Only if you use the cloud properly. To use the cloud properly, you need to scale up and down.
Truly non-interactive / unattended apt-get install
December 4, 2008
I’ve recently begun tinkering with Amazon Web Services (specifically their EC2 service) and RightScale. The major difference between these “Cloud” computing platforms and others is that the “instance” (i.e A running virtual machine) is temporary. Once it is shut down, all the data is gone. Additionally, the RightScale (and fairly common) way about going things is to use a “clean” machine image and script the install of the specific packages you need on Launch.