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Microsoft Azure

So I finally fired up a trial account on Azure to check it out. I’m impressed by the overall UX; it’s a lot nicer than AWS (though that’s not saying much). Spun up a Windows 2012 instance to test some issues we’ve been encountering with upgrades and was pleased with how straightforward it all was, though I did have to use Microsoft’s own Remote Desktop software for Mac OS X (available via the App Store) as the default Mac RDP software wouldn’t permit a connection due to certificate issues. Neither would CoRD but it didn’t give any error messages at all…

The only real issue I have found is with Oracle software. I tried to be clever and spin up a Windows 2008 instance with Oracle 11g EE from the gallery. It does warn you that this will incur costs that are not covered by the free credit given in the trial (that free credit is a pretty good £130 worth, incidentally) and that this can cause your subscription to be paused/disabled until you enable overage charges. I tried it anyway without issue, but when I came back the next day to check up on the VMs, sure enough my subscription had been disabled. Fine, I thought, I’ll just delete the Oracle instance as I didn’t really need it anyway.

Here’s the catch: you can’t delete instances until you re-enable your account. You can’t re-enable the account without accepting overage charges (in other words actually starting up your account fully - though you can still use up your trial’s free credit). Probably not a big deal for most people particularly since you can use a “pay as you go” plan, but still annoying. Not sure why you wouldn’t be allowed to delete VMs on a disabled subscription.

Anyway, still happy with it so far. Despite the follow-up sales call I received today from a Microsoft salesperson asking how I intended to use it…

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RegExr is an online tool to learn, build, & test Regular Expressions (RegEx / RegExp). Results update in real-time as you type. Roll over a match or expression for details.

Very handy little utility if you ever need a quick refresher on regular expressions.

(Source: onethingwell)

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This would make a great coffee table book.

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History. It repeats.

For some reason I don’t feel so bad about my selfies now…

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On this Presidents’ Day, let’s all marvel at the fact that our 10th president John Tyler, who was born in 1790, has TWO LIVING GRANDSONS.

President’s Cray.

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mentalflossr:

On this Presidents’ Day, let’s all marvel at the fact that our 10th president John Tyler, who was born in 1790, has TWO LIVING GRANDSONS.

President’s Cray.

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One of The Onion’s hits. Interesting times ahead at MS…

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Apple all over.

Just got myself a new Mac for the first time in about 7 years: a 2013 model 13” Macbook Air. Picked it up via gumtree along with an Apple TV. Pretty happy with my reasonably minimal setup in the apartment now, but more importantly finally might be able to use a Mac for work as well, which would be a very nice change. We’ll see how it goes.

Now I just need to find someone to shift my monster of a desktop machine onto…

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Cmder is a software package created out of pure frustration over absence of nice console emulator on Windows. It is based on amazing software, spiced up with Monokai color scheme and custom prompt layout.

The ‘full’ version includes git and a bevy of Unix commands; both versions are portable, so you can pop them on a USB stick.


Lovely looking console for Windows.

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Cmder is a software package created out of pure frustration over absence of nice console emulator on Windows. It is based on amazing software, spiced up with Monokai color scheme and custom prompt layout.

The ‘full’ version includes git and a bevy of Unix commands; both versions are portable, so you can pop them on a USB stick.

Lovely looking console for Windows.

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For years I’ve used YSlow and PageSpeed to profile page performance on 4chan. Page performance has always been important to me for two big reasons: 1) I browse 4chan daily and can’t stand slow websites (especially one I control!), and 2) the site is both operated on a shoe-string budget…

Takes me back to my short-lived but interesting (and painful!) time optimising a set of web servers in preparation for a huge spike in traffic. Funny that volumes I couldn’t even get my head around at the time are probably miniscule to these guys.

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Great reference site.