Tech Lead – Characteristics

So what makes a good tech lead.  In my opinion its something that warrants a type of framework or guide.  Its to easy to forget about the little things that make up a good tech lead.

After some researching and brainstorming, I came up with the following matrix\chart to better clarify expectations and help guide others to success.

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It will be a good reminder for those leads out there to periodically look at this diagram and take action as needed.

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