AWS customer service

I must admit I’m a bit surprised. This morning, I tweeted about a DNS issues I was seeing on some EC2 instances (which turned out to be a Godaddy problem) Amazon responded to my tweet by opening up a support case: Hello, I am sorry to hear that you are having issues with DNS Services,… Continue reading AWS customer service

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Raspberry Pi case made from cardboard, cardstock, paper or plastic

A few months ago I designed a case for my Raspberry Pi that I could cut out of cardstock with a Silhouette Cameo. (this case is cut out of an overhead projector slide)   It was inspired by the Punnet case.  Except I wanted something that didn’t require glue to assemble and was a little… Continue reading Raspberry Pi case made from cardboard, cardstock, paper or plastic

Scribe on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx (10.04)

I needed scribe for a bunch of servers that I’m setting up. I found good howtos here http://snippets.notmyidea.org/2009/07/29/howto-install-scribe-the-facebook-log-system-on-debian/ and here http://tomdzk.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/how-to-install-scribe-with-hdfs-support-on-ubuntu-karmic/ Then I found this page on how to build .debs for ubuntu. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=51003 Long story short. Here are scribe packages to save you some time in getting it installed and running… And here are… Continue reading Scribe on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx (10.04)

How I installed Kubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) on an HP Mini 110 with full disk encryption

Get a USB drive and make a boot disk from the kubuntu 10.04 CD image as detailed here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick Be sure to select persistent storage, “When starting up from this disk, documents and settings will be: ‘Stored in reserved extra space’” I allocated approx 1GB of space for this (You’ll need more than the default… Continue reading How I installed Kubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) on an HP Mini 110 with full disk encryption

Why I prefer Ubuntu

Yet another draft post that I found recently.  Yes, I’m still a fan of Ubuntu. As many of my colleagues know, I’m a huge Debian fan. I love the stability and ease of package management. The primary thing I don’t like about Debian is it’s lack of a release schedule. Their attitude is, “We’ll release… Continue reading Why I prefer Ubuntu

OCR processing millions of images on Amazon’s EC2

Note: I wrote this post nearly 2 years ago and recently discovered it in my drafts, some of the info is outdated. Recently, I was tasked with running OCR on a huge set of images (3.4 million.) I’m going to post some brief details on how we processed these images in about a week. Initially,… Continue reading OCR processing millions of images on Amazon’s EC2

Easy self-signed certificate generation

A simple command generates a self signed certificate ready for use by your Ubuntu Apache server (already referenced to in sites-available/default-ssl) make-ssl-cert generate-default-snakeoil –force-overwrite After that, all you have to do is enable ssl.conf and ssl.load in mods-enabled, restart apache and your off and running! [ad name=”ssl_certificates”]

Trouble with Sharding

I’ve never been a big fan of sharding and here is a good article that lists a bunch of reasons why: http://highscalability.com/blog/2010/10/15/troubles-with-sharding-what-can-we-learn-from-the-foursquare.html