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. Whew. See you cats at AWS re:invent in November.

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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.

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Why Video Chats Don’t Work

I was talking to a friend earlier today about video chats and why they don’t work. She said she really didn’t like to do video chats. Actually, come to think of it, I don’t really know many people that like to video chat. I am a refugee of Generation X. I don’t know anyone in GenX that actually enjoys video chatting. Face time is irreplaceable. I mean time that is spent face-to-face, not Apple’s FaceTime.

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Pixar is releasing RenderMan for free!

Pixar is releasing RenderMan, the 3D tool behind its films, for free… noncommercial use only. Make a note to pick it up around SIGGRAPH 2014!

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The Tone of the WWDC Keynote

One thing I wanted to mention in my post about WWDC last night… did anyone feel that the tone of the overall keynote was different? It felt a little more relaxed and fun. It seems like Tim Cook has encouraged his staff to be more relaxed and at ease with what they are doing. There was more humor and more open honesty. I think Tim is trying to strike a keen balance between old school Apple secrecy and a new humane approach to the work they are doing.

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OS X 10.10 and iOS 8 Thoughts

I should be at WWDC 2014 this year, but I’m not. I work for a Microsoft-centric shoppe right now and they just don’t see the value in it. Nevertheless, I put my name in for the lottery and I didn’t win anyway. I watched most of the keynote from afar and parts of the State of the Union address. All of it is ultra exciting. If they get Continuity, iCloud Drive (FINALLY OMG) and Messages right, this will be a killer OS combo with iPhones, iPads and Macs.

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Owies

I’ve had a challenging few weeks. It started off with a typical sinus infection… or allergies, I’m not sure which exactly. All I know is that I had a sore throat, stuffy nose and semi-regular headaches. I managed it with cold medicine and nose spray the best I could. I continued my normal workout regimen because usually, working out actually helps with congestion. This wasn’t the case this time around.

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Microsoft’s Settled for Relevance

This post summarizes my thoughts on Nadella’s Microsoft very nicely. When OneDrive gets provider-side encryption and an API that puts it on par with Dropbox… the war is really on.

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Sick

I really don’t like being sick. Nevertheless, the seasonal sinus fairy came to visit. My poor liver.

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A Reminder from the Terminal Cow

This morning, my terminal cow had to remind me of something fundamental. ___________________________________ / You have literary talent that you \ \ should take pains to develop. / ———————————– \ ^^ \ (oo)_____ (__)\ )\/\ ||—-w | || ||

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