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Month: August 2018

We’re in the cloud!

We’re in the cloud!

Technically we were always in the cloud.  I mean, after all, the cloud is just somebody else’s computer, right?

I was using a hosting company called tsohost, been using them for years and years and years.  £50 a year, they manage the underlying infrastructure and I manage the sites and mail and whatnot.

Mail was crap, it was slow, the ssl certs kept erroring and to be honest, I didn’t think I was getting value for money.

A few weeks ago, I started my AWS training in earnest, learning about EC2, S3, elastic beanstalk, Route53 and a whole host of other really cool tech.

Built a wordpress system about 6  different ways – some more manually than others.

It’s amazing the breadth of experience I’ve gained since I first started doing this stuff and first registered my domain way back in 2001.  Things have changed a lot.

This blog will be mainly tech based, see the menu above for different kinds of posts.  This is the preliminary design, its subject to change and I still need to carry on with some bits and pieces in the back end.

More information on what’s powering this thing to follow.

I might even end up sticking some load balancing and auto scaling on – but that may well cost a fortune, so a smallish Linux server with a separate RDS backed MySQL database can do for now.

I should probably go to bed, I’ve been doing this stuff for the last 6 hours since the kids went to bed.

A new site, a new photo

A new site, a new photo

So, I’ve got this new site all set up and running, split into several sections to have a proper separation between tech posts, photography posts and other stuff.  We’ll see how it goes.

Three separate RSS feeds, for three separate areas of interest with varying levels of updatedness.  But hey, if it gets me away from Facebook, that’s good.

Photo was taken at my dad’s 60th birthday celebration the other day. Great little photo of Harry and I.  Kayleigh was outside with Luke trying to keep him entertained.  He did really well being sat still for so long though, so that’s good.

Anyway, that’s enough fluff for now, I’ll probably post something else later.

Well hello there!

Well hello there!

New site, new hosting, new blog, new content.

New hosting that I built myself, I might add, in AWS (woo).  Using my Cloud Engineering skills.

In fact, more to the point, everything that you’re seeing here, this blog, the photoblog, the underlying infrastructure, I built it all from an IPad Pro, tethered to a mobile phone from a caravan on the east coast of England.

Now that is 21st century engineering, yo!

Ordinarily I’d import all of my old blog posts, my moans, my weight loss progress, my general splurge posts.  Not this time.

I haven’t really blogged since 2013.  I used to blog a lot.  I think there were maybe two posts since Sue died and that’s about it.  Bottom line is I’m not the same person I was 5 years ago.  We all evolve and we all change, and it is our ability to cope with that change that defines us.

Pretty sure that mostly I’ll be talking about tech, board games, maybe some ramblings that are a little too long for facebook, but we’ll see.

1st post, here we go.  Woo.