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Get in CloudFormation; A Timeline learning IaC for AWS

 A big shoutout to Pluralsight for their free weekend, and James Millar for a great introductory course . For the longest time, I couldn't see how people found this easy, but this helped. (Why did we make up so many programming languages that only work based upon the correct formatting of spaces and tabs? Readability is important, but when you're just beginning, how I learn, I'm interested in 'it works' first and 'it's pretty' second). Anyway, let's see what I learned from CloudFormation. You can use a nifty GUI getup to drag and drop elements to create a JSON file;     It's not as easy at it seems, as I had to ask myself important questions:   What's the difference between a host and an instance? Minutia ; One's more expensive per hour.    This required me to make Mac Virtual Machines; A first. It seems to only be avaiable in the East Virginia region through EC2; No word on if it's the same in CloudFormation. If I have an EC2 Instanc

Case Study: The Disappearing Data of T-Mobile

NOTE : The problem has repeated itself. So this doubles as an off the cuff case study in level 1 troubleshooting, looking at data, comparing information at different locations.  Also - I wrote it, and I'm not wasting my time by not publishing it.  I have the Samsung Galaxy A12, and the service through T-Mobile is pretty good. While the infrastructure around our nation is fair at best, it's showing it's age and weakness in storms - and that may apply to private towers owned by T-Mobile as well.  I turn on data, and either: It works The symbol in the upper right does not show up and it's not working. The symbol shows up and the data still doesn't work.     Here's a demo; Other videos are available upon request. Now, there is a setting where I can change the mobile band (2G/3G, 3G/4G) my phone uses, something I was unaware of until a cool Twitter user let me know. This alleviates the problem sometimes, but if I go hours without using data, the problem returns.  Cou

Paint 3D: The Hidden Fun in Windows 10

 You may have no need to use Paint 3D, pre-installed software on Windows 10, for any reason than to have fun. And that's reason enough. Here for a fun time, not a long time.

Business Bonus: Disney. Just Disney.

 The Mouse House is in the news, for some changes people are calling rat-like. If you missed the wheeling and dealing of the release of Scarlett Johansson suing Disney for shortchanging her 'Black Widow' pay, it's one for the history books. But Disney recently released something that may hit closer to home. A pay-per-ride system, Genie+, will be implemented in US parks in the near future. It's reminiscent of the ticket books DisneyLand used in the 60s. Now, it's digital, and apparently similar to MaxPass? Truthfully, I haven't been in a Disney park since about 2012. I'm not a Disney Parks person; I like other aspects of Disney; The Animated Canon and some TV shows. It's a dream of mine to stay at a Deluxe Resort - Riviera or Animal Kingdom's Jambo House. But any further than that, is fun I'll leave for someone else. But I do follow multiple Disney news outlets - and several Disney social media accounts - and most park guests fall into 3 categor

Deploying Docker Containers in AWS and Wandering Around Clusters

  Or, at least learning more about each. And self-learning is the important part, right? And welcome back to not only AWS, but Docker as well. This is a bit of an older post, as I have more experience with Terraform's containerized environments in Azure over AWS. Instructions There is a Console First Run Wizard, here . I have an exceedingly vague idea of what this means in full. Cluster is essentially the pack of what you need to run something. Bing (Yes, Bing), says it's a 'logical grouping of tasks or services'. So 'containers' are the 'physical' grouping, if we consider 'physical = code'. We can define a service, which allows us to run and maintain a specified number of simultaneous instances of a task definition. It sounds a little like a limited pool of IP addresses. This is the free tier, AWS only gives us one. The instructions emphasize Elastic Load Balancing...which took me a while to realize and find. And now the

Using Windows Media Library as A Media Server (Ft. Visio)

 Disclaimer: This was a few months ago, and the image of the TV's file system is unavailable.    The TV? e500i-b1 by Visio. A couple of years old. I also took the time to update some firmware before doing this. You can make your own standalone Media Server with some 3rd party software to be 1337 ....or you can use Windows 10 built in Media Streaming Options. In an uncanny turn of events, Visio already had an app in place for this very situation: The DLNA Multimedia App , accessed by that large V I've never bothered clicking on the remote.                                                     It's between the volume and channel buttons.  After sharing the appropriate library, it does open a file system with my videos and music. It did work pretty well besides one finale hurdle: It wouldn't play the 20+ minute video. Shorter clips - think a few seconds - worked quickly enough to repeat several times as the television took seconds to read my input of "Next screen".

Winning Multiple Data Scholarships

  In April, I was selected - 1 of 1000, out of 10,000 - by the Blacks in Technology Foundation for Python for Data Science. I used SQL to parse and analyze data. Truth - Python isn't my favorite - but I want to learn to tolerate it - I told them this and was still selected. So glad to see an organization accept honesty! In June, the train kept rolling with Intro to Data Science - Granted to me by Women in Cloud, though a partnership with Microsoft. While I didn't make it to the second round of the BiT scholarship, the first part encouraged me to learn more about data and python on my own. It certainly wasn't a waste. If there are any other data scholarships you know of that are open to people out of school, transitioning industries, or just with a curiosity, please let me know - I'm happy to share them!

Totally Terraform (Or, Introducing Terraform DevOps Cloud Engineer Proceedures to A Company)

Hey, I have a per-small-project job - Contracted to build things in Terraform and push them to Azure to a company building out their Azure department. 80% of the time, it's pretty fun. I had to teach myself Terraform, but that's what this entire blog is about; Teaching myself things and hoping for work sometimes to make money and being employed by multiple people. You can be the next one! Anyway, what do I like about Terraform? A lot. Check out my live-post troubleshooting on a specific issue here .   Likes:   It clearly tells you what an error is! Troubleshooting was mostly such a breeze, and since I wasn't getting [too] annoyed, I could more easily learn where the mistakes where. For instance, the first line in the main code ('provider') - the 'azurerm' part is not a random name; provider " azurerm " It's an actual thing that connects to Azure.   You can make variables in a different file and use them in the main code. You will need 3 files

Using Azure Data Studio and SQL Database

    As part of one of my Data Science Scholarships, I am allowed to download the database files. So I thought, why not stick them in a database on Azure for some learning.  They didn't say I couldn't.  LEARN LEARN LEARN. After opening Azure Data Studio, hit 'New Connection'. In order to get the entire server name, go back to azure and your SQL Database, and under 'Settings' on the far left, hit 'Connection Strings'.

The Emoji Ideal; Apple's Memoji and Samsung Galaxy's AR Emoji

I'm here to compare.   Galaxy's AR emoji were a surprise to me, when placing images for contacts. I realized I saw one multiple times on a website someone was using for personal branding. Besides that, I'm not sure I've ever seen them in the wild. Maybe because I can't figure out how to get to the app on my phone without going to my contacts section - and no one else can either. Because of their simplicity of the smooth heads, emotions on Apple's people emoji - memoji - look better to me.  

Connecting VMs Together in a Virtual Network (Azure)

Here - Don't be dismayed by the instructions. Today's Events: Configure a network security group + security rules using Powershell. The application server should connect to the database server over HTTP. BUT the database server shouldn't use HTTP to connect to the application server.

Webinar: Building B2B vs B2C Products by Spotify Sr PM Aisha Ishak

Ever wondered what the difference is between B2B and B2C Product Management ? Enterprise Product Management has different challenges and rewards than consumer products and while you may find that consumer products are more exciting, working on an enterprise product is extremely fascinating as well. Learn the differences here. Aisha Ishak is a Senior Product Manager leading the strategy, development, and launch of innovative and customer-centric products at Spotify.   My first instinct is to say that B2B uses  jargon, and B2C aims to be friendly and human because - say it with me - People buy from humans . *

My Shoes Have Bluetooth and I Must Scream: UnderArmor's Hovr and MapMyRun

 Other potential titles included "Walking With the Enemy" and "Internet of Shoestrings". I'm not against the concept of the Internet of Things - IoT - but the severe lack of security installed on a commercial level, the lack of education for end users, and the growing reliance on technology in our world. The people who are best at their job have hobbies away from the machine. Some of mine include exercise, running, walking - I go through sneakers quick and hard. So I got some cool shoes - Under Armor HOVR .    They're not on the site but here they are. I got them from an outlet mall, could be discontinued.   I didn't realize until I got home that they had the Bluetooth insignia both within them and on the box.  

Dartwood 2K QHD USB Webcam with Built-in Microphone

    There are few reviews about this product across the web - Target has the most, and the "company's" own site has none . Makes me think this is sold under various names. It was less expensive than the initial webcam I was looking at and easily returnable. Does the low price pay off?

Explore the Art World using APIs

I am pleased to offer you today 👇 The first Microsoft Learn module based on Museum APIs! 👩‍🎨 Enjoy. I'm THAT mom who will drag your rear to the museums and you'll LIKE it ☕️ https://t.co/EnEdso0yDL pic.twitter.com/eOcniPq2IM — Jen Looper (@jenlooper) January 21, 2021     There's a lot of nonsense on my machine with "Your organization is controlling some settings." as of late.   What organization? Me ? I think it may be using the DNS settings I get from my ISP, but that shouldn't prevent me from connecting my phone to my laptop if I so chose to (I don't).  

Galaxy Buds + Review

  Earbuds have become a hot commodity. It's awesome to have them act independently of each other while still playing music. The Galaxy Buds+ is a wireless earbud that has made its name by combining features of some of the top competitors in the market at a lower price-point - To mixed results. Before I got to buying Buds, let's walk down my history of audio devices.  The Personal History of Morgan's Audio While I enjoy my Soundpeats Wired-But-Also-Technically-Wireless Earphones, I wanted earbuds for 2 reasons: They have microphones.  They won't snap in half if I charge them in my car, forget they're plugged in, put them on my ears, and attempt to exit. That's a mistake you only make once. Sennheiser Momentum On-Ears - After about a year, one ear cup began to die, and Sennheiser sent me a refurbished set. They still work, but the over ear puts pressure on your ears, which isn't fun after hours of use. I use them on occasion. There's a muffled quality on

Using Azure Web Apps to Host a Landing Site (#CloudGuruChallenge)

The video is really a Creative Agency webpage, but I followed along and repurposed it for my own ends. I got this out during the time of the #CloudResumeChallenge on LI! The parameters for the challenge are here . I found this page after I created the site. Hey, still learned something. Isn't the entire point of tech thinking outside the box and figuring stuff out anyway? Technologies used : Azure, HTML, CSS, Javascript, GitHub, Deployment Tokens, Twitter, Canva, Talking to People Resources : Tyler Potts' Creative Agency webpage with edits to make it an online portfolio - resume. Why Make a Landing Site? It's a brief site where a potential client or employer can quickly get the idea of what I do. You see it, and it's less overwhelming than a LinkedIn profile, or a blog with long posts. I had a similar site made in Webflow, and a links landing page made in Canva. Fine options, however -  - I couldn't get the Webflow elements lined up properly - An issue you'll

Zendesk Againdesk

I'm sure it's been updated in the year since I had to use it; Let's see how. If not, let's just refresh ourselves together.   Zendesk walks you through it's own tutorial, so that's helpful.  It's short enough, so we can quickly move through and start sending ourselves support tickets to give it a shot! This is the automated response. I found how to change the auto responder title : Admin (The gear on the left) > Manage > Ticket Fields. There are others, but I haven't found the one to change the generic response body . Any insight? Open the dashboard; Here's what you get: And when you respond, you get: That could be you, working with me . I came across some other interesting parts: "By default, Zendesk Support reads the HTML part of incoming email and displays rich content in resulting tickets and comments. Images and formatting in email will appear in comments in tickets. If you prefer to see plain text messages, disable this option.&q

A look at Google Colaboratory (While Building a Stock Portfolio)

    After the group effort heard 'round the world in 2021, stocks are on everyone's minds. I didn't have money in GameStop, but I did have money in AMC from 2020. I bought it right as most theaters were closing from the Coronavirus pandemic and it was extremely cheap.   Why? I like the moviegoing experience! As of March 6th 2021, many AMC Theaters in New York City and State are reopening at 25% capacity. I'm still holding onto the stock - It never rose as high as GameStop's - but you won't see me at any theaters so soon. Onto today's topic: Google Colaboratory is a cool tool, allowing you to run Python scripts right in the browser.  You can even install things into the environment! Is it a little container environment running my program? 

Creating with Glide - The App Creator in Google Sheets

 From nappy.co I stan the Google office suite. Specifically Docs - I have been using the SaaS for 10 years to write and rewrite resumes and save internet comments. In 2020, I came across Glide - Where I could make an app using Google Sheets.

Exploring Azure for System Admins

Throughout my travels, I've come across some interesting things in Azure. This is not a comprehensive list; In fact, it's rather scrappy. I'd go "Oh, neat idea." and stick it into this blog post over months. Azure Storage Explorer A lot of information came from this video by HarvestingClouds.

Podcast: WPBuffs w/ Joe Howard

    I am on (another) podcast! NOTES: The two comic book Youtube channels I mention: Atop The Fourth Wall   Comic Tropes .   The Funko Pop I show: Birds of Prey Black Canary The Mug I Show: TERVIS: Disney Villains - Hades

Business Bonus: LinkedIn down, Internet Clowns

  When the world's .... strangest networking site when down on Feb. 23rd, people were quick with the jokes. Some of my peers find value in LinkedIn; After 4 years, I see it as a soundboard for everything wrong with the modern workforce, a giant conference for people with no empathy, wearing 16-hour workdays as badges of honor. Besides their abysmal censoring of black professionals and the rampant bigotry of the userbase, LinkedIn (Owned by Microsoft), have been posting more articles that empower the jobseeker.  And, slowly, people on the site have been changing too - For the better. They're being deprogrammed, learning that their job doesn't really warrant a 40-hour week, that their company could absolutely pay them the same for less hours, that they too can have a happier, more balanced life if they push for it. But we still had THE JOKES.  Only my tweets are directly embedded; If you see yours here and would like me to embed them, contact me on Twitter. Society wh

Business Bonus: Oh, Paypal, Where Art Thou (Currency Conversion)? (Up. 4/19)

Imagine being the largest online money transfer company in the world. You deal with international payments and multiple currencies. You charge a fee in exchange for benefits like one-click transaction, and people are happy to oblige.You were spearheaded to glory by Elon Musk himself. You are Paypal. And a big part of your business is broken.    Feb. 24th - The Issue was fixed for me, though I am hearing reports that it wasn't for everyone. In fact, the error came back for me once again . The work arounds do not work. If the system remains up and operation for a week , I will edit. Starting February 11th, 2021, people have been reporting that they cannot convert currency. People supporting friends, family, and commerce abroad find their money stuck in the native currency.  It's reported for at least 10 people on Paypal's forums.  Several people on Twitter have also reported the issue. Note the dates; Feb 17th through 20th. I have an inkling on how software and database chan

New Website Concepts - Made in Figma + Wireframing

   I had a 'Website Refresh' draft in my portal here - At a year old, I thought "I might as well make another post," I said (In September 2020) and here we are (Feb 2021).  I decided to take a short Figma course (Also September 2020). I'd say "Why am I not on time?" but who says there was a "time"? My understanding of Figma...Well, I made these pages! Is it perfect? No, but the general idea is here.  2/2021 : I have added Wireframing for more ideas. The Wireframes do not match the concepts in Figma.  Every icon sans the blog logo is from Evericons . The linked 'Concept #' lead to the actual Figma file, so take a look at it!

The Many Forms of An Image Gallery, ft HTML, CSS, and Sass

Going from v.1 to the completed v.3 I collect Disney mugs (and some non Disney ones). One from every Canon film . I want to put all (35? 37?) in a grid.  Much of the base code for V1. came from the CSS Grid page here , at W3 Schools. Version 1 I wanted to have more than 3 entries per row. I thought sticking a new grid container (grid-cont) would fix that problem.  

Logically Planning a Network ft. Shopify

 " We are designing a new workspace with 3 floors. On average, there will be 100 devices on each floor that require wired and wireless connectivity. Submit a network design including: (1.) A network diagram (2.) Hardware choices (3.) VLAN and subnetting information (4.) Anything else you think is relevant. "    This was a question for a position at Shopify. While it was publicly available, I decided to wait and post this when the position closed. The Methodology/Framework Break it into chunks. Separate it by something, in this instance, the floors. Determine the departments. Subnets per floor - I'm not using CIDR. Pick the hardware. Ask other questions.

Book: The Bootcamper's Guide to Web Accessibility by Lindsey Kopacz

As a human being in the 21st century, I realize how important it is to make sure my websites are accessible to everyone. I make webpages, and I know they can stand to be improved on the accessibility front. I know about alt text in images — and will use them more in the future. I need to integrate them more into my development flow — it’s 2021. There’s no excuse. And that is only the tip of the iceberg. I was generously gifted this book by marktechson on Twitter - Thank you 👋🏾! I revisited the book several times - It's a lot of information I'm not familiar with, and wouldn't feel okay with recapping, especially as you can buy the book over here .

Configuring the JunOS CLI (Standalone vMX)

Happy 2021! A lot of the information came from this video by Network Direction. It also showed me how to use these virtual labs. Usually I just showed up, clicked random buttons, and moved onto local .iso because I knew how to get those started. Use Juniper vLabs for an online lab space to work in. Let the setup commence, click the arrow, then SSH!