ntfy

I’ve been using ntfy for some time now and I’m absolutely loving it. It’s very useful for a lot of use-cases.

ntfy brings notification to your shell. It can automatically provide desktop notifications when long running commands finish or it can send push notifications to your phone when a specific command finishes.

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Mobile

Some people know that I don’t really care what platform I’m on, as long as I have access to some sort of shell and a decent package manager. Because of that it’s constantly in the back of my mind that I should be able to move platforms at any given time. I don’t like lock-in, but sometimes there is no other option. One example of lock-in that I experience is my use of 1password, which lacks a native Linux client. If I were to switch to Linux tomorrow I would have to run 1password in Wine, or use it on the web, neither of which are ideal.

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Managed hosting is dead

If you ever feel the need to run your own servers but you lack the skills or time to set up, manage and maintain all of that, you hire a managed hosting company. The managed hosting company will set up your server, configure it for you, install patches, and make sure everything keeps running. You pay them a montly fixed fee for the servers and a variable fee for the maintenance work. Sounds good so far.

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Installing the AWS Cloudwatch Logs Agent on Ubuntu 16.04

Not only can AWS Cloudwatch alert you of problems with your resources, it can also store your log files and make them accesible in the AWS web interface. To make AWS Cloudwatch Logs work you’ll need to install a small agent on your EC2 instances. Currently AWS has support for CentOS, RHEL, Amazon Linux and Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04, among some other distributions.

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No new hardware

The Mac side of the MacRumors buyers guide is a barren wasteland of old hardware. The only thing a sane person could possibly buy right now is a retina MacBook. Potential customers are filling up databases of internet forums with complaints of there not being a Skylake CPU in the MacBook Pro’s. Apple became laughing stock when they updated the Mac Pro in 2013 and neglecting the product afterwards.

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Export and import AWS Cloudsearch data

AWS CloudSearch is a highly scalable and reliable solution to implement search in your application or website. You can feed your search data into the service and never have to worry about performance or in any way scaling it to fit your needs. AWS CloudSearch supports about 34 languages and features such as highlighting, autocomplete and geospatial search.

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An A+ SSL setup using Nginx and Letsencrypt

Back in 2014 I wrote about getting an A+ on SSL Labs using StartSSL. Much has changed since then, for starters we can now use the awesome Letsencrypt to get our certificates.

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What do you do?

A series by my friend Sean Rozekrans about the future prompted me to reflect on who I’ve become, what I’m doing, and where I’m heading.

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Generate CloudFormation templates using Python

Troposphere is a Python library which makes it easier to write and maintain CloudFormation templates. From the README:

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Online gaming is stressful for me (and it shouldn't be)

It’s not often that I have the time to play a game on my PlayStation 4, PC or Wii U. I cherish those moments. In the meantime some of my friends have all the time in the world. They play their games daily, getting better and better and hoarding the best guns and gear in Destiny faster than I ever could.

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