Even though its just over the road from where I used to work, and the commute is pretty much exactly the same as what I have done for the last 7 years, I still drove over there yesterday to check out the car park in a bit more detail, find the visitors spots I’m supposed to park in and just make sure that nothing has changed in the last three months since my interview.
I can’t remember being this excited about going into work for a long time, I’m looking forward to meeting the people I’m going to be working with, I’m looking forward to the technologies I’m going to be working with and I’m really looking forward to a fresh start with a whole raft of new adventures.
Oh, I’m looking forward to ordering my first ever company car too. The kids are telling me it has to be red (it was going to be red anyway to be fair, but don’t tell them). I’ve been driving around in a Hyundai i30 all weekend – its a beautiful car to drive and it reinforces my decision to order a Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. The hire car has to go back in the next few days and I’m going to be using a Skoda Octavia pool car. Hope it has heated seats! I didn’t half miss them this weekend in the cold.
It’s been a long three months. I’m feeling full of positivity and hope for the future.
I’ve always had a thing for lemmings. It’s my go to Amiga game and always one of the first ever things I fire up when I plug the Amiga in or Amiga forever. There’s something oddly satisfying about getting those little guys from the entrance of their hazard filled world to the exit.
I got to thinking the other day, I played a lot of lemmings during my early computer stages. The game came out when I was 10. I loved the puzzles. And I still love them now.
It teaches you to think quickly, it teaches you to manage resources. It teaches you logic and sometimes it teaches you to defy logic. You’ve got a limited amount of climbers and builders so you may well have to change your strategy part way through a level or start again.
Found this really interesting article on it today.
Anyway. The reason that lemmings has come back to the forefront is that Sony have recently released their mobile version. It’s laden with in app purchases but it is possible to play without spending a penny as long as you’re willing to limit your time playing to 20 mins here and there (actions cost energy and energy is limited).
The levels aren’t as clever or intricate as DMAs were. I’m pretty sure that they’re randomly generated to be fair. But they work. And they’re fun. Rather than assign roles to lemmings you assign them to squares on the screen. Tell it where you want stairs and the next lemming to hit that square will build them for you. Floaters with umbrellas? Just stick a floater space in. Every lemming that falls through it will glide softly to the bottom. Be careful though, effects wear off as soon as they touch the ground again so you might find yourself needing tiered floaters to get down safely.
At first I didn’t like the new control system. After a little while I realised there was no other way this could be done on a small touch screen.
Lemmings is available here on the App Store and I heavily recommend it.
Just one week until I start my new job. Excited is an understatement. Can’t wait to get going. My playing around with bamboo was in preparation for this, and it seems to be running pretty well – it’s updating and rebooting both of my ec2 instances nightly using AWS tasks and emailing me using SES to let me know whether the job has passed or failed.
Everything seems fairly stable. Bamboo itself is the biggest server I’ve got running in ec2, but it’s Java – and Java likes to eat all of the RAM so, it is what it is.
Make sure that bamboo isn’t backed off to the RDS instance you deleted, and if it is, make sure you take that final snapshot so that you can easily move it over. Oh, also be aware that mariadb isn’t compatible with bamboo unless you throw in some startup arguments.
Since we’ve got a dedicated DB server, not running as a spot instance now (so it shouldn’t just disappear whenever the hell it wants) and we’re not running RDS, I’ve re-implemented nightly sql backups to S3.
The only way to use Amazon’s free SSL certificates is if you pipe them through something like cloudformation, use them with cloudfront or a load balancer.
Tried that for December and it turns out its fairly expensive to run an ELB for a month – it’s all fine and dandy whilst I’ve got EDU credit to burn through but I can’t afford $20 a month to shortcut an easy way to SSL cert up the site.
I started to look at certbot and lets encrypt as an automatic way of getting a cert in place, changed my apache config and here we are – running through a straight connection on port 443 to the web server.
To be fair, it was a little silly having a load balancer in front of a single web server, but I didn’t have the time to do anything else with it.
I’ve got a little bit of time now, so setting things up properly.
It’s always a good idea not to forget your password. Especially to your blog, especially when you haven’t posted to it for months.
So, yeah, it’s also a good idea to not remember your password and then be fooled by it not working because you’ve locked your account out yet there’s no visual feedback of having done so.
I find more and more that I’m just letting my phone randomly create a password for me/store it in my keychain – seems better that way, plus when I do actually start forgetting important things it won’t matter, because my phone will for all intents and purposes be me anyway.