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CloudFlare took their turn dunking on AWS’s Egregious Egress fees.

You learn a lot by spending 6-months on a Typescript/AWS Lambda project

86 cities have scored themselves a S3 Bucket Negligence Award, which they can pass between them like it’s the Stanley Cup.

CloudFront gets smoked in a CDN experiment.

I wrote about the slow transformation of the AWS console into the website.

Amazon has officially stopped its multi-year migration off of Oracle onto Workday. They’re going with their backup option of having Andy Jassy legally change his name to “Jeff” instead.


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Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling now lets you control which instances to terminate on scale-in – I choose to terminate someone else’s instances wherever possible.

Amazon Elastic Block Store now supports idempotent volume creation – Somehow I’ve never encountered duplicate volume creation before.

Amazon Kendra releases WorkDocs Connector – This is handy for what’s almost certainly the single customer who uses both Kendra and WorkDocs.

Amazon S3 Access Points aliases allow any application that requires an S3 bucket name to easily use an access point – My favorite part of this admittedly awesome feature is how the S3 alias names all look like what you’d have if you angrily threw your keyboard across the room.

AWS Amplify now supports Sign in with Apple – Sure wish the AWS console would do that. Alternately, let me tie multiple Yubikeys to one account please.

AWS Lambda now supports up to 10 GB of memory and 6 vCPU cores in the Middle East (Bahrain), Asia Pacific (Osaka), and Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) regions – It’s news to me that Lambda functions that work in one region wouldn’t work in another, despite Lambda being available in both regions. Yikes.

Improving Hospital-Patient Engagement and Increasing Hospital Ancillary Revenue Using AI – When I said “please tell more stories around AI/ML” I have to admit I wasn’t expecting “use it to make healthcare more expensive” to be the example AWS chose.

Introducing Amazon Route 53 Application Recovery Controller – This is in some ways turning Route 53 into an actual database. This is a service to watch.

EC2-Classic is Retiring – Here’s How to Prepare – The Classic networking mode for EC2 gets to live out the rest of its days playing shuffleboard at a farm upstate.

Heads-Up: AWS Support for Internet Explorer 11 is Ending – A lot of people are suddenly discovering that it’s going to be a real obstacle to Digital Transformation if your company mandates you use a 7 year old web browser.

Implement high availability for Oracle Enterprise Manager in the AWS Cloud – Congratulations to AWS for this awkwardly worded announcement that they hired an Oracle exec.

Use Key Management Service (AWS KMS) to securely manage Ethereum accounts: Part 1 – The KMS product owner apparently screwed something up, and as penance has to have their service subjected to a two part series tying it to blockchain. That’s messed up.

Announcing Amazon Genomics CLI (Preview) – A CLI tool that lets you gaze into your cells. The AWS CLI remains the tool of choice if you want to gaze into your soul.

Sterling Bank Drives Innovation in Banking with VMware Cloud on AWS – I’m sorry; this story is crap. If you want to tell stories about how banks are innovating on AWS there are a lot of stories you can tell. Leaving aside the fact that the “innovation” here is “an innovative single-point-of-contact digital service that interacts with any device” or as I’d refer to it “suspiciously close to a webapp,” their solution was to call Deloitte(motto: “World leading experts in Digital Transformation but please ignore that our website subdomain is ‘www2′”), who then rolled out VMware on AWS (motto: “Treat your cloud like a data center”) to power the thing. Moving to the cloud is hard, I get it; that goes double for regulated industries. But they really aren’t doing anyone any favors by calling this “Innovation.”

AWS Artist Series: Creating characters with dynamic wrinkles – Holy crap. This is the first AWS blog post that I can recall that touches on an AWS service (Nimble Studio in this case) that isn’t required to get value from the post. There are no architecture diagrams, hidden billing gotchas, or arcane references to other AWS services. Artists can just read this and learn how to do a thing. This is amazing.

Five reasons why I’m excited to attend AWS re:Inforce 2021 in Houston, TX – 1) Houston in late August is LOVELY! 2) The author won’t have to watch the Americas Online Summit, which will be streaming live at the same time.3) Getting a bunch of people who deal with risk for a living to gather en mass during a COVID19 resurgence is a great way to figure out who they shouldn’t hire.4) Catching up with colleagues whose companies consider them to be expendable.5) Figuring out whether vendor badge scanners can work with 6 feet of distance in the expo hall.

Strengthen the security of sensitive data stored in Amazon S3 by using additional AWS services – This is refreshingly direct; usually I have to read the article to figure out that it’s a services cross-sell.


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A tool to manage git pre-commit hooks.

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