Category Archives: Setup From Scratch

AWS – Your own machine image

Until you start to actually use Amazon storage (elastic block store) you end up repeating yourself a lot getting your machine images into a working state.  This  might be something really simple such as adding your world class html code … Continue reading

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AWS – Setting up EC2

Elastic compute cloud A EC2 – an elastic compute cloud – is just a simple virtual machine.  Amazon does have a lot of really interesting ways of using virtual machines to solve problems.  The first step is to create an … Continue reading

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AWS – Setting up a VPC

I would rather talk about the actual compute engine (EC2) but that oddly enough you need a network before you can really create one.  Rather than talking about the default VPC I will discuss about the networking a bit right … Continue reading

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AWS – Cloud computing with Amazon

I recently started looking at cloud computing by looking at OpenStack.  OpenStack allows you to take a lot of common hardware and create your own cloud server on your own hardware.  Once the software is setup it is easy for … Continue reading

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lo-resolution fun – setting up a minecraft server

I remember playing computer games on 640×480 resolution and it was a lot of fun. Computer graphics has now improved to the point that some of the games are virtually photo-realistic. With all of this in mind it didn’t make … Continue reading

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installing maven on linux

Maven offers quite a bit as a enterprise build tool.  It can help ensure that standards are followed and offers support for automated testing.  This tool is actually really simple to install.  It is just a matter of unpacking it … Continue reading

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Got a new tablet for the price of fastfood meal …

… well, that is a bit of an exaggeration.  I owned a Samsung Galaxy S tablet which no longer worked.  It had the darndest symptoms. doesn’t charge past 77 % takes a day to get to 77% spontaneously restarts shortly … Continue reading

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Virtual hardware -better than the real thing

One of the really neat things about the here and now is all those spare CPU cycles that are available.  With enough CPU power it is possible to create special effects such as adding dinosaurs to movies, bringing historical figures … Continue reading

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Reuse a Pi – Proxy server

The Raspberry Pi was (and still is) an incredible computer. It was the size of a small deck of cards, ran Linux, could manipulate other devices via the GPIO pins, cost only 35 dollars and is just as capable as … Continue reading

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From computers to microcontrollers

I kept telling Mikhail that the big advantage to using the Raspberry Pi was no matter what project I put it into I could set it on the window sill and ssh to it.  It was a fast small and … Continue reading

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