If Corona Were the Flu

Trying to understand the Corona virus and how it is affecting society is an exercise in frustration. Sifting through all of the news, blogs, tweets, gossip to get to accurate and useful data is hard. We are getting told "Social Distance", "Stay at Home", "Flatten The Curve". But Read More ›

AWS MySQL Choices: MySQL, RDS, Aurora oh my

My migration to AWS is to the point where I have to decide on what database to use. Or should I say what version of a database to use. Our current DB is MySQL, so I want to stick with compatible options. And there are three: self-managed MySQL, RDS MySQL, RDS Aurora. Which to choose? Read More ›

Can SaltStack do AWS, what's in a name

Two days of aws-formuala being live and I found it was broken. Because of names. More precisely the collision of of names in different VPCs. Aren't VPCs completely independent? Well yes, except for names it appears. The normal methodology for a salt state is to check if something needs to be updated and then update it if it does. It appears that this methodology is breaking down in the AWS state/module. I think this is partly due to how AWS is structured and part to difficulties with the boto module. Read More ›