Ubuntu Gnome on the Dell XPS13 2015

Yesterday I got a new work laptop. Actually when I say new it's really more of an upgrade. I've been using the original Dell XPS13 laptop for the past 3 years as my primary machine. It's one of those "ultrabooks" as they like to call them, basically ...

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Who's connected to the Cisco ASA VPN?

I've just chucked the following onto GitHub should anyone want it. It's a little script that will get you the names of connected users on a Cisco ASA vpn via SNMP.

usage: asausers.py [-h] -f FIREWALL [-i IGNORE] -c COMMUNITY_STRING
                   [-o OUTPUT]

Get connected users from ASA ...
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EBS - or why you may be wasting money on Provisioned IOPs

Up until recently, and by virtue of using AWS for quite a while, I would always err on the side of caution when using EBS in production and punt for Provision IOPs (PIOPs) volumes. Obviously choosing the right number of PIOPs is crucial, although in fairness I think it might ...

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#GamerGate - a flowchart

For the past couple of days I've been ill, so I decided to read about GamerGate. After many hours of scratching my head about it all I came up with the following conclusions. No doubt this will piss some people off shrug

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Autoscaling with EBS volumes

One of the rather nifty things with AWS is the ability to create autoscaling groups to handle surges in traffic when you're operating at scale. However, you don't have to just use auto-scaling to make the number of instances for an application larger, you can also use it ...

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Dynamic DynamoDB and Puppet

Another little bit from work. I've been working on a project that has chosen to use Amazon's NoSQL solution DynamoDB for a specific use case.

The thing is, whilst DynamoDB provides a nice highly distributed solution, you have to configure it based on what sort throughput you require ...

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A little project I knocked up at work

Over the past year I've been working more and more with Amazon. AWS Services are great, but once you start to have more than one account it can become a real pain. This is because the AWS Console on the web only allows indivdual login sessions to one account ...

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