Friday, April 22, 2011



'bout time. See you there.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Free AWS Book Chapters

In my email this morning, from Amazon:
*Free AWS Book Chapters*
Download a free PDF copy of the first three chapters of AWS Evangelist Jeff Barr's book, Host Your Website in the Cloud at Jeff's book covers principal AWS services including EC2, S3, SimpleDB, CloudWatch, and RDS. The book makes use of the AWS SDK for PHP and includes plenty of working examples. Find the book on
If you went to BLUG's AWS-Installfest-in-the-Cloud event, this ties right in. Good book, too.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sort of Balkan Dancers

Another forehead-smacking episode of "Why didn't I think of that?"

HT: Chuck Hipschman

23-and-me one-day sale

23-and-me gives you information about your own DNA. I just became a customer. They're running a sale.

Normally, it's $199, plus a $9 a month subscription to updates for a year (after which you can continue to subscribe or cancel).

Today only: you still have to subscribe, but the $199 is waived, so it's about $100 instead of about $300. I'll find out whether the subscriptions are worth it over the next year.
Note that Federal bureaucrats want to shut them down because they think your DNA is something that only an M.D. should explain to you. Even without that, though, I'd have still bought it.