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AMI on EC2 vs. CentOS on Linode

What I learned in migrating from CentOS on Linode to Amazon AMI Linux on EC2. Note: Amazon Lightsail is probably a better comparison, but it is not available in the region we need it in, so EC2 is required for now. Update: Lightsail is now available in more regions. VPS Hosting and Operating System A […]

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OpenVPN on Amazon Linux

See also OpenVPN on ChromeOS and Android OpenVPN on an AWS EC2 T2.Nano Instance The T2.Nano instance is the smallest instance generally available for AWS EC2. As of 17-June-2017, the Nano includes the following resources: - 512mb RAM - 1 vcpu (30 credits + 3/hr, up to 72 credits) - 1gb network out traffic Alternatively, […]

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Amazon Customers, Markets, Resources

Amazon is different than other companies. From the outside, this difference can appear as anomolies, odd things that stand out. I belive that there is a fundamental way of understanding the current state and dynamo of change within Amazon. Customer Centrism Amazon is meant to be the most customer-centric company on Earth. Likely when we […]

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Thoughts on Amazon Echo Show

The new Amazon Echo Show looks great. Watching the video, it is striking that the interface appears so clean. This is obvious when using voice, since buttons don't really count. Also, the fact that this is not just a piece of hardware and natural language interface, these are applications being shown. In terms of video/voice […]

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Mainstream RHEL Derivatives

Spending time looking into AMI (Amazon Linux), it is as usual with the plethora of Amazon products, sometimes hard to get info about what it is. I take this not as a bad thing (though it does take time) but rather a feature that emerges from the *let's develop lots of stuff all at once" […]

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Amazon WorkMail, WorkDocs

When dealing with cloud-based office productivity applications (documents and spreadsheets), the main contenders are obvious: - Apple iWork - Google Docs, Apps, Drive, GSuite - Microsoft Office365 While Apple's offering is relatively unknown (little noted, therefore little discussed), the real sleeper is Amazon's WorkDocs and WorkMail The Kit and the Kaboodle Here I will deal […]

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Amazon UCC128 Barcode

Updated 24-Nov-2018 Publishing Toolchain/Workflow Notes Syntax for ISBN .eps ./bookland -o 978-0-9822972-7-8.eps 978-0-9822972-7-8 Syntax for Amazon ASIN (effectively a hyphen-less ISBN-10 of the ISBN-13) encode128 0982297270 Take output and use Code128 Font to display The Amazon Barcode Note for revision: the latest version of encode128 is using different start/stop characters than what is displayed/discussed below. […]

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Apple Software Updates 20-Sep-2014

In the past three days I've had iOS, AppleTV and OSX updates (though the OSX is not the anticipated Yosemite, rather a 10.9.5 + Safari 7.1 + Xcode 6.0.1 + (10 days ago) iTunes 11.4. I'm actually excited about these updates, whereas with previous Microsoft updates, all was fear. And even with Wordpress, too many […]

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What still Sucks at Apple 08-08-14

First, I am an increasingly intensive user of Apple products, so this is not a hater perspective, but a user perspective. Also, it validates my own mishmash of hardware/software/services. In simple terms, Apple is great about hardware and the iOS and OSX operating system. These are all fantastic. (more…)

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The Problem with Apple Leadership

The basic problem with Apple Computer is one of leadership. In particular, it is not the financial engineering, or the desire to keep everything secret, or even the slow rate of innovation, including buggy Apple TV, Itunes, and the virtually unusable iCloud. It is not the poor performance of the new versions of iOS. The […]

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