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Month: February 2019

Social media is bad mmmkay?

Social media is bad mmmkay?

Came across this YouTube video earlier.

If one of the guys involved in putting together facebook (who has since left) is telling you to stay away and not use it, you should probably do that.

Bamboo fixed

Bamboo fixed

Turns out Bamboo wasn’t working properly – I think I’d started to create a test job, and that had broken the DB patch/reboot job. Just re-ran it through and all seems good now.

Need to stop it from emailing me every night and having me just ignore the emails. I might tie it into SNS or something. It’s good to have something to play with.

Tetris 99

Tetris 99

Last week I was on holiday from work, looking after the kids on half term. I found that a new game has hit the Nintendo Switch E-Store – Tetris 99. It’s Tetris meets Fortnite and it’s amazing.

A fast and frantic battle royale with 99 players all playing tetris at the same time, with a slightly updated version of the Tetris theme that we all know and love and with completed lines being sent to opponents that you can target in order to scupper their plans.

It’s very fast, very fun and very pick up and playable. I really should start bringing the switch to work so that I can play on my lunch breaks. Maybe if and when Harry gets his own switch and I don’t feel so bad about taking it away whilst I’m out of the office. We’ll see.

Sounds like it might be a limited free download for Nintendo switch online – you obviously need membership to the online service for this.

https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/tetris-99-switch

$40 a month on EC2 instances

$40 a month on EC2 instances

Looks like my main web server instance is costing less than $2 a month on a T3 Micro. That’s a spot instance with a fairly high bidding price set so that it’s very unlikely to ever be outbid and is still the cheapest way to provision EC2 capacity.

By the same token, my database server is also a T3 micro instance and that’s looking to cost just under $7 a month on demand – same uptime as the web server so you can see there’s a $5 saving.

The bamboo server is having to run on a medium server and that’s used around $27 this month. Don’t you just love java?

Still got $300 of credit in my account so there’s no massive rush to move off the on demand instances right now. Maybe I should think about it though.

Workmail is $4 per user per month plus tax. Route53 is $0.50 per domain per month, there’s no getting around that. If I can keep my monthly bills less than $30 a month that would certainly keep my wallet happy.

Need to do a fair bit more work with bamboo to see if I can get it running on something a little less powerful or spot instance it. We’ll see.

Stability is a wonderful thing

Stability is a wonderful thing

Not a single server outage in the last three weeks. Which is great, it means that I’ve gotten everything set up properly as far as server updates, security groups and maintenance are concerned.

Bamboo seems to be doing what it’s meant to do and is rebooting the servers nightly. Everything seems to be working properly with regards to database backups and everything. I need to double check what the monthly cost is looking like when I start to run out of promotional credit at the end of this year. Could be quite costly.

New job!

New job!

Today I start my new job. I’m really excited.

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.

Long may it last 🙂

SSL redirection – now working

SSL redirection – now working

Thought I was having some apache woes earlier this week. Looks like it was just a red herring and the real issue was the 80 > 443 forced redirection I’d set up.

Properly set up and test now. You never know, I might even start getting traffic.