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.

02 Mar 2013

New to Corporate Blogging? Make Every Post Count

I wasn’t actually planning on writing this post, but was inspired by a friend whose tech company has decided to enter the blogging space. He was an infrequent blogger before, waiting until he felt he had something he really needed to say. Then he’d spend hours and hours on a

26 Feb 2013

Asian Spammers Ate My Bandwidth

Because I’m a giant loser who thinks that analyzing apache logs is an awesome way to spend a Friday night, I’ve noticed a huge upswing in the amount of traffic coming from IP addresses in China – to the degree that it’s actually eating up huge amounts of bandwidth.

21 Feb 2013

Tools to Visualize Time Wasted in Meetings

If your company is anything like mine, you probably spend too much time in meetings. And you may even have meetings about how to be more efficient in meetings, and more meetings to emphasize how we are scheduling too many meetings.

20 Feb 2013

Tumblr in Meatspace Experiment

We came up with a neat, cheap idea at the creative agency where I work that I thought I’d share. We were brainstorming about ways we can make the agency better – how we can make everyone in the company feel more involved and invested, and really leverage the wealth