AWS GovCloud and CloudFormation

Be careful when you’re working with CloudFormation in the AWS GovCloud region. Almost every code snippet available on the Internet refers to the public regions of AWS. If you’re making resources in GovCloud with a Cloudformation templates, there are subtle differences.

For instance, referring to an S3 bucket in a code snippet is:

“Resource”: { “Fn::Join” : [“”, [“arn:aws:s3:::”, { “Ref” : “myExampleBucket” } , “/*” ]]},

But if your bucket is in GovCloud, your arn is different:

“Resource”: { “Fn::Join” : [“”, [“arn:aws-us-gov:s3:::”, { “Ref” : “myExampleBucket” } , “/*” ]]},

Subtle things like that can make CloudFormation development a real hoot. Be careful.

AWS Solutions Architect Pro Test

Yesterday I sat for the most difficult IT certification test I’ve ever attempted – the AWS Solutions Architect Professional test.

I passed it… by the skin of my teeth.

I’ve essentially studied for this test for two years or more. I took the Solutions Architect Associate test two years ago and I’ve been involved with AWS projects ever since. Actually I was involved in AWS projects since before that test.

I also attended an advanced Solutions Architect Professional bootcamp and another training class provided to AWS partners that I can’t remember right now.

None of them prepared me for the absolute difficulty of this exam.

I’m glad it’s over. But I’m already looking forward to 2018, when I have to take it again to keep the certification current. Sigh.

iCloud for Windows 5.1 Update Problem

If you’re plagued by the Apple Software Update popping up every day to remind you that iCloud for Windows 5.1 is available to install… even when you already have it installed… you need to go registry-diving.

This community post on the Apple site worked for me. Whew. Finally. That was super annoying.

Hope you’re all well. Reach out to me and let me know how your life is going.

Microsoft is doing better

It looks like Satya Nadella’s strategies are paying off. Microsoft reported some gains in Windows 10 and its cloud business.

That’s good news for overall competition. I’ve also witnessed Microsoft become more and more “Internet friendly,” by way of embracing multi-platform applications and developers. This is what needed to happen.

Just think if Ballmer was still around… maybe Microsoft would be folding by now.

They do need to do something about the Windows handset business, but I’m betting that Satya has a plan for that.

Still, I’m firmly entrenched in my Apple camp because with this hardware, I can have the best of all of the OS worlds. If Microsoft could arrange licensing for OS X to run on their hardware, they would really have my attention.

“The Earth Just Shook”

So now the world’s most petulant child… I mean, leader, has a hydrogen bomb?

That’s not good news.

Origin/EA/Xbox Live Accounts

Holy clusterfuck Batman, get your shit together Origin/EA. Trying to get my kids to play Battlefront with me on the Xbox is a nightmare.

So far, this is the best guide I’ve come across. What a shitshow. Please fix this. Now we all have 200 billion accounts spread across all these damn networks. What a disaster.

Let’s Try Again

My love affair with blogging has significantly diminished over the years, as I’m sure you can tell by the lack of activity on my blogs. WordPress was quite busy while I slept. They created and updated the Jetpack plugin and released a desktop editor that is actually quite nice. I like how it aggregates all of the useful features of any WordPress site that I run into a single window.

This is useful.

It just might bring me back.

Unpopular Opinion Post: Microsoft Azure is toast (as a public service)

I really think Microsoft Azure is screwed.

It’ll still be around to power Microsoft’s backend services, but as a public offering to compete against AWS… it’s toast.

Also… OneDrive… seriously, wtf?

AWS Solutions Architect Associate Level

Today (kind of on a lark) I drove to Chattanooga, TN to take the AWS solutions architect associate level test. I passed by the skin of my teeth.

Decided to come to Hooter’s to chill out and have lunch before the drive home.


See you cats at AWS re:invent in November.

Time for new adventures

Today is the last day of the job that has preoccupied me for about 2.5 years.

…I start a new one on Monday after a three day weekend.

That’s really all I have to say about that.