Automated AWS provisioning with Fabric

One of these days I decided to give a try to an opensource project which happens to run only on Linux. This sounds like nothing special unless your development machine happens to be Windows 7 and you don’t want to bother with downloading and maintaining virtual images. True, Vagrant would be a good option but getting it (and VirtualBox) to work with my enterprise-grade proxy access is a real PITA. Add to that the less-than-maintained vagrant-proxyconf plugin and the zillions of tools every one with own config files for proxies (gradle, git, maven, you-name-it)… Not at least, a local virtual machine is local and we’re heading to a cloud-based society right? So, AWS to go! Continue reading

Me and my Paperwhite – a kind(le) of review

I’m a very late newcomer to the e-books revolution, it wasn’t even a revolution anymore when I got in. It just happens that one of my favorite websites, New Scientist, announced they’d issue a magazine called “Arc” – was it one year ago? A collection of science for dummies, futurology and SF, sounded fine so I looked for ways to read it. Being proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy S2 (in a love-hate relationship but that’s another story) the options were quite a few. First: download via Google Play… neee, no Google Play Books in me country. Second: in Zinio… nice but can you imagine cramming a full-blown newspaper page on a smartphone screen? You either can’t read it, or you fumble like crazy trying to focus your reading window on the current text. So Kindle was the single real option, at least on my smartphone. So this is how it all started, although… battery goes down SO quick! Anyway, after I got to read some more Kindle books on that phone I decided I had enough with the black bars of the Kindle app coming over your text every second second and I should try the real deal: an e-book reader.

Enter Paperwhite. Continue reading