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How to Properly Engage with AWS Enterprise Support

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AWS Enterprise Support is a fantastic waste of money--unless you use the support it buys you properly, at which point it becomes a jewel beyond price.

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I’m an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

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A few months back I went to my local testing center and took the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam. As the visually-busy website says, this certification determines the candidate’s ability to define what the AWS cloud is, describe basic architectural principles, and is generally recommended for candidates with at least six months of exposure to […]

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S3 Bucket Responsibility

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Several weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about how the Pokémon Company inspects the security practices of its business partners. One prospective unnamed partner had insufficient controls around S3 buckets, so the Pokémon Company declined to partner with them. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of a company taking such […]

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The 2018 Last Week in AWS Charity T-Shirt Drive

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The 2018 Last Week in AWS charity t-shirt campaign has launched. Buy a t-shirt to benefit a good cause; this year’s campaign proceeds all go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Several Amazonians have reached out to me saying they’d like to purchase a shirt, but are concerned that their employer wouldn’t like it due […]

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AWS CodeBuild as a Publishing Platform

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This blog is a static site built with Pelican. [Editor’s note: this site is now built with WordPress, but the content here is still valid for an awful lot of use cases–just not mine.] The articles (such as this one) are written in Markdown, and then I leverage my ancient UNIX sysadmin roots: make prod […]

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Reader, Inbox, and the GCP Consequences Thereof

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I’m going to diverge from AWS specific content this week to talk a bit about Google. GCP is a wonderful technology platform (arguably a few years ahead of AWS on a technology basis). Unfortunately it’s run by Google, who this week reverted to type and announced the death of another beloved consumer service. There have […]

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