Whiteboard Confessional: You Down with UTC? Yeah, You Know Me
Join me as I continue the Whiteboard Confessional series with a look at time and the role it plays in the context of computers. I touch upon how a single tweet from AWS Cloud Twitter caused a rant of mine to go semi-viral, why I believe that your databases and servers should always be in UTC at all times, how incorrect time configurations can cause decade-long headaches for organizations, the various reasons why time zones other than UTC are not reliable, how computers do more than just tell you what time it is, and more.
The AWS Machine That Goes PING
AWS Morning Brief for the week of May 11, 2020.
Whiteboard Confessional: Click Here to Break Production
Join me as I continue a series called Whiteboard Confessional with a look at the time Slackbot caused a company to experience a severity one incident which knocked their systems offline in an embarrassingly public way. Have a listen to learn how a nifty feature in Slack caused the issue, how things were working fine for four years before this problem reared its ugly head, why that’s a common occurrence, what you can do to avoid a similar fate, how this whole story should give you pause about hopping on the ChatOps bandwagon, what CloudTrail’s actual purpose is, and more.
AWS Non-Profit Organisations
AWS Morning Brief for the week of May 4, 2020.
Whiteboard Confessional: Hacking Email Newsletter Analytics & Breaking Links
Join me as I continue a new series called Whiteboard Confessional by exploring the time I sent out a newsletter to 18,000 people filled with broken links (yep, it was the other day)—and what I did to fix them without sending out an updated version. In this podcast, I also talk about what my email newsletter architecture looks like, how I use analytics to continuously optimize Last Week in AWS, why not all data is good data, what I am not interested in knowing about my readers, what I did to answer questions that my email marketing platform didn’t answer for me, how that ended up breaking things briefly, how I fixed what was broken, and more.
Cape Town Region Is Expensive AF
AWS Morning Brief for the week of April 27, 2020.
Whiteboard Confessional: Don’t Run a Database on Top of NFS
Join me as I continue a new series called Whiteboard Confessional by focusing on the wild world of databases and touching upon three-tiered web apps, how scaling an app to 200 million users is a massive challenge, the time Corey’s boss suggested running a database on top of NFS, why modern cloud architecture is a much better approach than using NFS, the genesis of why Corey tends to see many things as a database (ahem, Route 53), why you should avoid NFS for greenfield designs, and more.
AWS Billing System Go BRRRRRR
AWS Morning Brief for the week of April 20, 2020.