06 Mar 2015

Start-Up Scaling on a Budget

When I talk to people about their start-ups, most¬†engineers fall into one of two camps: “We’re too small (or broke) to worry about scale yet” or “We have¬†eleventy-billion servers, now we just need users.” I tend to see the latter in well-seeded startups or those who have already secured angel

27 Mar 2013

Sending Mail Using PHP and Amazon SES on Centos/AWS Linux

If you find yourself using Amazon SES for sending outgoing emails in a PHP web app, getting everything set up is much simpler than it may seem. In my case, this was on an AWS Linux image, but it will work on any Fedora/CentOS AMI.

05 Mar 2013

Itemized Billing by Project/Client on AWS Using PivotTables in Excel

I love AWS, but the way my company works, we often find ourselves in a position where we have to pass hosting costs through to the client, and Amazon doesn’t give you any basic utility in the console to do just that.

19 Feb 2013

Hilarious & Awesome Tech Tumblrs & Twitters

While there are tons of good blogs on Tumblr, only a handful have the ability to have me howling with laughter as tears run down my face. These are my gift to you to get you through your Tuesday.

09 Oct 2012

The Way Techops Works in Large Companies is Stupid

For the fourth time in as many weeks, I have just spent at least several hours explaining DNS, IP addresses, SSL or TXT records to the marketing business owner at a very large client company. This is fucking stupid.