LUV Talk about Cloud Computing

Last week I gave a talk for the Linux Users of Victoria about Cloud Computing and Amazon EC2 [1]. I was a little nervous as I was still frantically typing the notes a matter of minutes before my talk was due to start (which isn’t ideal). But it went well. There were many good questions […]

EC2 and IP Addresses

One of the exciting things about having a cloud computing service is how to talk to the rest of the world. It’s all very well to have a varying number of machines in various locations, but you need constant DNS names at least (and sometimes constant IP addresses) to do most useful things.

I have […]

Support Gay Marriage in case You Become Gay

A common idea among the less educated people who call themselves “conservative” seems to be that they should oppose tax cuts for themselves and support tax cuts for the rich because they might become rich and they want to prepare for that possibility.

The US census data [1] shows that less than 1% of males […]

Basics of EC2

I have previously written about my work packaging the tools to manage Amazon EC2 [1].

First you need to login and create a certificate (you can upload your own certificate – but this is probably only beneficial if you have two EC2 accounts and want to use the same certificate for both). Download the X509 […]

Christian Principles in an Election Year

The National Council of Churches in the US [1] has produced some advice for Christian voters titled Christian Principles in an Election Year [2]. It starts by saying “Your church, your communion, and the National Council of Churches USA do not endorse any political party or any candidate” (which is in bold in their text) […]

Types of Cloud Computing

The term Cloud Computing seems to be poorly defined at the moment, as an example the Wikipedia page about it is rather incoherent [1].

The one area in which all definitions of the term agree is that a service is provided by a varying number of servers of which the details are unknown to the […]

Integrity and Mailing Lists

One significant dividing factor between mailing lists is the difference between summary lists (where the person who asks a question receives replies off-list and then sends a summary to the list) and the majority of mailing lists which are discussion lists (where every reply goes to the list by default).

I have seen an argument […]