Serving Images from Amazon S3

One issue that’s been nagging me as I refactor www.cocktailsrus.com from a RAD site focused on jQuery Mobile to a properly architected site that just happens to use jQuery Mobile is the way I’ve been storing images on the file system. The file system approach is quick and easy and doesn’t clog the database with […]
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Patching the Cloud

Vulnerability CVE-2012-0056 is a nasty one if you’re running a Linux kernel release 2.6.39 through 3.2.1. The exploit is a privilege escalation attack, meaning that the attacker has to get a foothold on your system. But once the attack has an unprivileged process on your system, its privileges can be elevated to root. Game over. […]
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Creating Items and Exploring Tables in Amazon DynamoDB

Having earlier created some tables for our application we will now quickly see how to store some items. Using the AWS SDK it could be done programmatically very simply as follows: Figure 1. Code to populate the Players Table with sample Items. A couple points to reinforced: Not all items need to have the same […]
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Billing Alerts Help Prevent Surprise Bills

Recently I was travelling from my home town Leicester to London by train for a meeting with a consulting client. I arrived at the train station at 6am for a 6.30am train, purchased a ticket and then heard an announcement that the train drivers were on strike and a very limited service was running. A […]
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Amazon AWS Releases Beanstalk for .NET

I have written about Amazon’s Elastic Beanstalk for Java and more recently for PHP. This Platform as a Service (PaaS) is incredibly good and eliminates the need for much of the traditional administration required when running Web applications. For Java and PHP developers, as well as Ruby, Python and other languages, there is a wide […]
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