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Networking is Hard

Aug 23, 2018 | by Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer | Tags: Cloud

It’s back to school season, and for me that meant helping my eldest daughter move into her first apartment with roommates and … cable internet.  Few industries garner as much universal hatred as residential Internet service providers (ISPs).  The previous residents, in their well-earned distrust of the local provider, told her that it would be much cheaper to purchase her own modem and router than to lease.  And so, she bought reasonably-priced (translation: the cheapest) models from Amazon.  


Observability in Distributed Systems

Jul 19, 2018 | by Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer | Tags: Cloud

Whether you’re working with a single-instance application or a complex deployment of dozens of orchestrated microservices, it is important to know that the code is working the way it should, and how people and outside systems are interacting with it. I’ve written before about instrumentation of applications and even showed a toy example using amazon X-Ray, but I thought I should devote some space to observability and why it is important.


Hands-On With Amazon AWS DeepLens

Jun 21, 2018 | by Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer | Tags: Cloud

I recently received my AWS DeepLens device.  I’m by no means a machine learning expert.  However, Andy Jassy’s announcement of the device at 2017’s AWS re:Invent implied that the DeepLens would put Machine Learning and Computer Vision in the hands of non-experts and make it easy.  So, let’s try out one of AWS’s pre-trained samples to see just how easy this device is to use.


Using Amazon Athena to Query Large Datasets

May 24, 2018 | by Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer | Tags: Cloud

One of the great leveling factors of cloud technology is the ability for small companies and individuals to do things that, not that long ago, would have required the support of a larger IT organization’s infrastructure, and doing them quickly and affordably. One of the most powerful yet simple of these technologies is ad hoc querying of data offered by Amazon Athena.