Good Morning!

The days between my spouse’s birthday and mine are known as the Festival of Quinns. This has begun in earnest–see pinned tweet thread.

Separately, I won’t be attending re:Inforce this year, and have cancelled my breakout session. My apologies if you were hoping to catch me there.

From the Community

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This article on getting partial AWS account IDs from CloudFront doesn’t resonate for me; AWS themselves have repeatedly said that AWS account IDs are not considered sensitive information.

A tale from someone who abused Lambda and SQS to process 558k Transactions in 5 Minutes.

Blackboard used the Amazon Chime SDK to showcase their next generation technology. Don’t confuse the excellent Chime SDK with the Chime chat app, which is significantly less impressive.

A teardown of Amazon’s new Leadership Principles by a former Amazonian. This speaks to the heart of a problem I wasn’t able to quite articulate.

Forrest Brazeal writes about why he’s been writing so many songs lately.

Ten steps to take to secure your cloud environment.

We have a guest post up explaining what Data Retention is.


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Amazon Lightsail now offers object storage for storing static content – It’s a Simpler Serverless Storage Service, or S4.

Amazon EC2 now supports custom time windows for Scheduled Events – This is a window of time in which Scheduled Events can occur. You should definitely have a Lambda function that watches CloudTrail for the creation of custom time windows, deletes them when it sees them, and call the whole thing “Comcast.”

Amazon ECS supports additional configurations for scheduled and event-driven tasks – Finally! “Run this thing twice a day” is no longer a janky thing you have to cobble together yourself from spare parts and duct tape.

AWS Now Allows Customers To Pay For Their Usage in Advance – As mentioned a few weeks ago before the announcement was mysteriously withdrawn, you can now give AWS an interest free loan to cover your AWS bills. I strongly advise that you not do this.

AWS DeepRacer announces DeepRacer LIVE races – AWS’s robot car racing service now works without any robot cars.

AWS Organizations increases quotas for tag policies – You can now overcomplicate your tagging rules yet further.

AWS Shield Advanced no longer requires AWS WAF logging – Just as companies will occasionally stop doing business with other companies, AWS service teams will occasionally stop boosting the revenues of other AWS service teams.

New AWS Solutions Implementation: Simple File Manager for Amazon EFS – This is a great solution, but if you call it “Simple” you’re being disingenuous as to how easy it is to deploy.

Mark individual best practices as not applicable within the AWS Well-Architected Tool – “Disregarding individual best practices” is how we’ve all gotten into this mess in the first place. Carry on.

Quickly launch an Amazon Chime SDK application with AWS Amplify – This is an integration story that makes sense; it explains one service through the context of another. More like this please.

Headless Commerce: What Is It and Why Does It Matter to CPGs? – AWS is all about Serverless, Headless, Directionless, and Pointless things in various ways and times; this is another example of at least one of those things.

Introducing AWS for Health – Accelerating innovation from benchtop to bedside – Aligning services and partner offerings around a customer industry / set of problems is probably the least AWS-like thing Amazon could have done, so I assume that this was highly contentious.

GoPro enhances subscription ecosystem with livestreaming powered by AWS – If you have a video streaming offering, you would be ridiculous not to reach out to GoPro and offer to cut their video streaming bill by probably 90% or so as a first pass.

Resolve DNS names of Network Load Balancer nodes to limit cross-Zone traffic – This sure is a long blog post of what to do in order to make sure AWS isn’t just slapping you with a 2¢ per GB surcharge for funsies. Almost like, I don’t know, the entirety of data transfer billing should be revisited?

How AWS and Redis Labs partner to make a better Redis – This blog post talks about how great the relationship is between AWS and Redis. It’s written by two AWS employees and zero people who work at Redis Labs. I believe that’s called a metaphor.

OpenSearch 1.0 launches – “We understand open source” says AWS. Meanwhile 225 of the 607 words in this post are the screennames of the contributors to the project; nobody will read them all.

Protect public clients for Amazon Cognito by using an Amazon CloudFront proxy – Why do that when you can protect public clients for Amazon Cognito by making the service basically impossible to understand, configure, and use?

Tips for taking an AWS Certification exam with exam labs – A truly disturbing number of words are given over to edge cases around copying and pasting text.


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A quick way to handle mail forwarding via AWS and GitHub Actions? That’s maildog.

I wrote some open source code that makes Lambda and Tailscale play well together.

… and that’s what happened Last Week in AWS.

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