Cloud Confusing

Explaining hosting, AWS, Wordpress, static sites, and all manner of cloud solutions.

Google’s BigQuery is a useful tool for quickly exploring a lot of data. One of the nice things about it being part of the large Google Cloud Platform (GCP) stack is that it has good integration into other Google services. This is most prominently seen in Google Analytics’ one-click BigQuery integration using Google’s Product Linking (only for Premium/360 members), but other products can easily transfer data to BigQuery as well. Today we’ll be looking at YouTube.

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November 21st, 2018

Posted In: Google Cloud Platform

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This article will cover some of the initial features you should learn how to use once you get past the absolute basics of Postman. It’s a super useful tool for developments, QA, data scientists, and product managers, so it’s worth digging into. In this article we’ll bypass the basics and get into some of what you’ll want to learn as you dig into the tool.

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November 4th, 2018

Posted In: Web Development

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Yes, Amazon Web Services has a free tier. This free (as in beer) stack is a 12-month program that gives developers who are new to AWS a powerful set of tools, though one that comes with some limitations. It can be seen as a gift from the massive AWS cloud or as a gateway to AWS lock-in, but either way it’s worth checking out.

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October 21st, 2018

Posted In: AWS

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It’s 2018. We live in a world where email is supposedly being replaced by Slack, Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp, and about 100 other services. That said, email is still mission critical for almost every company and if you have a business application with its own domain you almost certainly need an email address associated with it.

It turns out that setting up email for your domain is still a bit of a pain. Here’s the easiest way to handle custom domain emails.

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October 11th, 2018

Posted In: AWS, Google Cloud Platform

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It used to be that hosting WordPress on AWS was a difficult task. You needed to deal with EC2 and the huge AWS management console with its dozens of tools and hundreds of options. Then Amazon introduced the AWS Marketplace and “WordPress powered by BitNami,” which made things easier but left many of the same hurdles in place. Then, finally, Amazon introduces Lightsail, which is basically AWS on easy mode.

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October 8th, 2018

Posted In: AWS

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If you are in the market for an affordable VPS, there is a good chance you are considering Amazon Web Services’s Lightsail and a Digital Ocean droplet. Or perhaps you are already a custom of one and want to learn about other options. Either way, this is a full comparison of the two hosting services that might help you choose between them.

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October 6th, 2018

Posted In: AWS

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The centralization provided by AWS is great — all your web services are in one place with one bill. But if your account is compromised (and you don’t have proper permissioning / IAM) things can go very bad very quickly. So you’re going to want to lock down access to accounts as thoroughly as possible, which means multi-factor authentication of user logins.

And yes, that’s mutli-factor (MFA), not two-factor. Two-factor authentication (TFA or 2FA) is great, but when additional security levels are possible and they can be done almost seamlessly, they make total sense. With the loss of SMS authentication at the end on January 2019 it’s debatable whether Amazon will have multi-factor (as in more than two) or two-factor authentication but we’ll avoid the semantics from this point forward and use the term that seems best in a given scenario.

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September 26th, 2018

Posted In: AWS

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It turns out that staring at back-lit computer monitors for 40+ hours a week might not be the best thing for you. With this in mind many of us have started to look towards alternate technologies, largely e-ink. It’s a nascent market with a limited number of players and it’s not moving very quickly, but it’s important nonetheless.

Here are the basics and some help choosing your first e-ink computer monitor.

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September 18th, 2018

Posted In: Localhost / Environment

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In the market for budget WordPress hosting? The competition for your business is immense, but that doesn’t mean you — as a consumer — will benefit in the end. The hosting business is largely a race-to-the-bottom where price sensitivity has overtaken user experience. Any buyer must go into the purchase in a defensive mindset, with the full expectation that budget hosting is going to come with a few serious catches. This doesn’t mean you need to spend $35 a month to host a WordPress site, but go into the buying decision with your eyes open.

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September 8th, 2018

Posted In: Web Development

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WordPress is great at scheduling articles (posts) to go live, but what if you want to do the opposite — schedule a post to disappear? For that you need an expiration plugin.

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August 21st, 2018

Posted In: Web Development

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