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 investors where cost isn’t as…

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.

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.

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.