Author: devopsunleashed

Blink(1) USB Light

I just got my Blink(1) in the mail today.  Its a cool indicator light that hooks into your USB port.

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There is a ton of potential with this device.  You can utilize the Blink1Control2 application to setup event polling triggers or just play around with the colors. (e.g. Show red color when a specific email is received)

Or you can enable your device to listen on a specific port, which would allow you to update the device remotely via a curl command. (e.g. Jenkin job failure)  You can find the URL summary here.

Another option to using the light is to integrate it into a program, which would allow for more customizations.  Pretty easy to do with Python.  The Blink Python lib can be found here.

AWS SAA Certification Prep – 2018

I’m getting ready to take the AWS Solutions Architect Associate 2018 test.  Below are some final items I need to review before the exam.

AWS FAQ’s:

Specific Items:

  • Spot vs Spot Block
  • Application ELB vs Classic ELB
  • Convertible vs. Standard Reserved Instances
  • EBS Cost vs Performance
  • EC2 reverse proxy (link) (link)
  • Glacier Retrieval Options
  • Beanstalk vs. NGINX
  • Cross-region snapshots for databases

SSDT 2017 and Backwards Compatibility

If you are working with SSDT 2017 and creating reports for earlier versions of SSRS, please read the following article!

I really think MS did a great job here with the “TargetServerVersion” property functionality, which allows reports to convert to previous SSRS formats during deployment.

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