Microsoft Paint is dead

Microsoft will be killing off “Microsoft Paint” in the next release of Windows 10 (the so-called “Fall Creator’s Update”).

This article on the Verge points out the various things that are being shed. Microsoft Paint seems to be the most significant user-facing thing, but I can imagine some enterprises will have difficulty with other changes.

All users reset

I’ve deleted all of the users that were in this site. I had to do it. There were over 3000 spam accounts in the database and I just had to kill them all.

If you had a user account on here and you commented on previous articles, sorry. You can use a G+, Facebook, or wordpress.com account to post. I will not be allowing user registration on this site any longer.

Yeah, ok, back on WordPress

I got tired of wrestling with Hugo and the static site generators. At some point, when you’re too old and have too much to do, you just punt to what worked in the past. WordPress is still slow, clunky, and the wordpress.com app is just incredibly lethargic.

Sigh.

But I’m trying to move to an iPad on iOS 11 as much as possible and I just needed something that would work. I was able to hook things up over git with Lambda (see earlier post). Sometimes, though, things would just break for no reason at all. I don’t know why. I also don’t know why wordpress.com and the Dreamhost MySQL backends are just slow as hell.

If I had the money I’d move my WordPress sites out to AWS and use CloudFront. But I just don’t have that kind of cash, sadly, so I’ll keep them on Dreamhost for now.

Sorry about the shifting. If anyone is still around and reading this blog, please speak up and say hello.

Publish from Github to S3

If you’ve visited this site recently, you’ll discover that I’m really sick of WordPress. I’m trying to get WordPress out of my life completely. I’m sick of the security issues, the overhead, the ridiculousness, the databases… all of it. I’m just sick of it. I wanted to go back to something more static and more simple. WordPress is all well and good and easy to use, but it also suffers from some really nasty performance and security issues. I know there are ways around the performance issues, but I shouldn’t have to deal with that. If I wanted to deal with that for a simple website, then maybe I would stand up something a little more WordPress-esque for multiple authors. But this is my own personal site and there’s just no reason to do it that way.

Born Again

It’s time for this blog to be born again. I’m moving everything to a static site generator (Hugo). I’m personally quite sick of the garbage security bullshit that comes with WordPress. I’ll be migrating my older posts into this new blog over time. You should see old posts trickle in as I have time to get them into place. Hopefully this will let me regenerate my interest in blogging.

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.