• Amazon Web Services

    Amazon Web Services, AWS, is a very powerful service and if you need Cloud hosting is something well worth looking at. I have used it for a some time and utilised heir small free tier hosting server for the past year. I haven’t done a huge amount with it over the past year just ran the server with a few websites.

    There is a lot that can be done with the environments and recently I decided to do more with the servers and expand the sites. I am running a mix of WordPress and Drupal and sometimes have found that I am running out of memory. The micro servers only came with 512mb to no wonder. So time to look at the options on offer and the associated pricing. Having decided on a medium sized server which will not be too pricey each month I them looked at how to move the sites in a safe easy way.

    In the past when I have moved sites from one server to another it has been very painful and has meant setting up the new server, attaching a test DNS entry, get the copy running and test it then eventually switch over the main domain to the new server. This time though I had the new server up and running in less than 45 minutes and that wasn’t moving very quickly!

    First with the existing server I took a snapshot of the storage and left the existing site running. Then I created a new EC2 instance and attached it to the snapshot storage just created. Assigned this a temporary Elastic IP, updated my hosts files to point to the temporary IP and tested the sites on the new server. There they were working without any other input from me. I then moved the existing Elastic IP over to the new server, shutdown the old server and it was done!

    Incredibly easy and took no time at all. Very impressive and will now do far more with AWS over the coming year.

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  • 2% of the population

    Thought this was good.

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  • Audible

    Sign In to Audible  For many years I have not bothered downloading Audible books, much prefer to read them. But the reality of life and a busy work schedule means that I was reading less and less. So a few months back I registered with Amazon Audible and started downloading different books to listen to. Driving back and forth each week from home to the flat I have a good 3 to 4 hours usually driving along so I tend to listen to something from Audible. The books I find most entertaining are those which are narrated by the author themselves always very entertaining. I’ve listened to several so far but one of the best is The Fry Chronicles. If you do a lot of travelling this is well worth considering or if you simply want to hear the dulcet tones of the narrators then another good reason to subscribe.

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  • Matt, Albert and Mongolia

    An excellent blog to read over the coming year is this one, Matt Givertz does 60. I’ve known Matt for a few years and he has done some very interesting trips and is certainly a dab hand at photography. One thing for sure is that you will find it extremely entertaining and enjoyable. So here is a picture of Albert and to meet Matt head over to his blog.

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  • ERSA Schools Race

    Last weekend it was back to the summer season racing with the first race at Ipswich , the third ERSA schools race. This is one of the hardest and most time consuming race to organise and for the last two years it has been down to just a few of us to get it sorted on top of the other races. Last year we said that unless we got help there wouldn’t be one this year. Fortunately there was a great response and in stepped a few people to help get things going this year and it made it a lot easier to get things done and on the day have a great time.

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    This year the race took place at the Ipswich ski centre and it was an incredibly hot day, which was a surprise considering the weather either side of the race, so much so that I and a couple of others managed to get sunburnt! Still a bit tender this week.

    There was a bit of concern about numbers this year as we have moved the race from Welwyn just to try something different and several schools in Hertfordshire decided it was too far to travel, but there was nothing to worry about in the end and we had just as many as last year. Almost 290 registered for the race but as always we had a few drop out at the last minute. The other thing we did differently was hold the u12 race through stubbies in the morning with about 130 racers and the rest of the racers, u14 and above in the afternoon. So we ended up running two races in one day, tiring but well worth it.

    It is madness leading up to the race but on race day it runs perfectly and is a lot of fun and good to catch up with people you haven’t seen much off over the winter. It is also clear that the kids love it to and that is what makes it worthwhile. Below is a bunch of kids from Littlegarth school.

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    Overall the day went of very smoothly and for the first race of the season was an amazing success. There will be another one next year and you never know we may even expand on it. But for now we are preparing for the next set of races. Another first and something different next weekend is that we are running two ERSA races in one weekend, Welwyn on Saturday followed by Hemel on Sunday. Long and tiring weekend but should be fun.

    The one weekend I am looking forward to a lot is the Norfolk and Ipswich weekend when some of us will be heading to Trongs for dinner, always delightful pleasure.

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  • Working from the Nexus

    So this is the first time I have installed the WordPress app on the Nexus and thought I would see how good it is working on here to publish something. So far so good although not sure how I will get photos into a post. What it will do is make it easier to do more posts rather than lugging the laptop around.

    I’ve had a Nexus 10 for a couple of weeks now and love it far more than the Nexus 7 I have, this is so much more flexible especially the keyboard. So here goes let’s see how the photo insertion works.

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    So as you can see I am sipping away at great pint of beer down at the pub, Adnams Ghostship. Always tastes good and is a good place to think things through away from the main PC.

    Time to post and see what it looks like all from the Nexus

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  • Paris

    So recently spent a few days in Pairs and loved it, haven’t been there for a few years now and that was on business a couple of times. It was a long weekend with lots of walking around which is the best way to see Paris. Took lots of photos of all sorts of things from the buildings to F1 cars to the wonderful cat fast asleep in the Shakesphere and Company and Paris certainly looks amazing at night. Definitely fancy another trip back there but have to wait until December.

    Just a few odd pics from the time there.

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  • Simple Food

    IMAG0946The days are long and challenging but fun, so cooking in the evening can be relaxing when I have the time. It’s also good to do something simple and just what I fancy so tonight was no different, fancied a bit of cajun chicken in a wrap or two.

    Things have got to be simple for me to cook that is for sure and you can’t go wrong with something like this :) Not sure about tomorrow night though see what the day brings.

     

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  • Annoying Tesco car parking

    So what is it about so many UK drivers that they just don’t know how to park a car? When I park in a supermarket car park such as Tesco I always park further away from the door where there are plenty of spaces so that no one is parked next to me and therefore no chance of anyone scratching the car. Great in theory but so often when I come out of the shop some numpty has decided it would be a great idea to park next to me, why when there are so many free spaces nearby?

    So when in France last week and as normal do the same in a car park, where there are plenty of spaces. Come back at the end of skiing and what do I find? Yep some numpty has parked next to me and there are still loads of spaces nearby and what makes it worse is that it is a UK driver! Same happened another day.

    Grrrrr rant over :)

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  • Synology

    Recently my IOMega NAS drive gave up the ghost and stopped working. It’s the second one to give up in four years, very disappointing and will be the last time I go for one of those. The Buffalo drive continues to hum along nicely though. Repair work on the IOMega didn’t bring it back to life. So time to get something more reliable and so the hunt started.

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    I know a few people who have Synology drives and after spending time looking through the various options I went for the Synology DS214+ with 2 * 3TB drives. Having had the drive for the past few weeks I am annoyed that I didn’t give one a try a long time ago. They are excellent. Really well made, small and incredibly quiet. I set my drives up as Raid 1 and now have most of the things on there I need. Performance is brilliant and you can see the difference in the speed on the network. It has 2 USB 3 ports on the back and if you plug an external USB drive in there you can copy from the NAS to the USB at exceptional speeds. They come with built in management software which is very extensive, easy to use and well featured. All I have to do now is get the remote access working through the router, that is proving easier said than done though.

    So if you need a NAS device it is well worth spending the extra money and going for something like the Synology.

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