Whiteboard Confessional: The Right and Wrong Way to Interview Engineers
Join me as I continue the Whiteboard Confessional series by exploring job interviews for engineers and why they tend to be universally terrible. In this episode, I discuss why open-ended questions are usually obnoxious, how it seems like a question you’re asked in an interview is a problem the company is experiencing at that moment and wants you to solve for free, how awesome it is when companies pay people to take tests, how there are many books written on how to pass an interview and few books written on how to give a good one, how you can tell a lot about a company by the way they hire people, how engineers should be interviewed, and more.
Whiteboard Confessional: The Curious Case of the 9,000% AWS Bill Increase
Join me as I continue the Whiteboard Confessional series with a look at the time my friend’s personal AWS bill increased 9,000% month-to-month. I discuss the concerns you’re going to have when you build on Azure, GCP, Oracle Cloud, and AWS, how this monstrous bill came into being in the first place, why organizations might not even notice this sort of billing discrepancy, what AWS should do to make sure this doesn’t happen to people’s personal accounts in the future, what a better approach to the AWS free tier could look like, and more.
Kicking AWS’s ASS into Space
AWS Morning Brief for the week of July 7, 2020.
Whiteboard Confessional: The Day IBM Cloud Dissipated
Join me as I continue the Whiteboard Confessional series by examining IBM Cloud’s recent widespread outage. I talk about why you should never make fun of someone else’s downtime, how IBM’s response to the outage was abysmal, what cloud providers should do whenever their systems go down, how a cloud provider’s status page can never be dependent on things they are personally running, why IBM Cloud deserves the Oxymoron of the Year award, why it’s important to let the broader community learn from your major mistakes, how this fiasco demonstrates that IBM Cloud isn’t ready to properly service the market, and more.
Oh, Honey; Help the Cops in us-west-3
AWS Morning Brief for the week of June 29, 2020.
Whiteboard Confessional: Bespoke Password Management
Join me as I continue the Whiteboard Confessional series by talking about how I log into all of the various AWS accounts I use for work, why using IAM passwords and username pairs is patently ridiculous, how AWS Single Sign-On is supposed to be great but just makes me angry, everything there is to know about aws-vault and why I needed a better solution, a complicated workaround I created for password management that was ridiculously overbuilt but works, and more.
111 Gigabytes Per Ounce
AWS Morning Brief for the week of June 22, 2020.