Fedora Cloud 28+ on GCE

Alt: Documenting the process of getting Fedora onto a GCE instance. Unlike EC2, there are no official Fedora images for use on GCE. CentOS7 is a reasonable alternative, but I was used to having the latest and greatest packages, pretty much by default. Which meant that I wanted to get Fedora. Thankfully, there’s a way […]

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A First Look at Google Cloud Datastore

Note: This is a continuation of my post on exploring Google Cloud Platform. There is also a mirror of it on dev.to. At first glance, Datastore is equivalent to DynamoDB. I personally think that Datastore is better compared to SimpleDB. Unfortunately, SimpleDB isn’t accepting new customers/isn’t being deployed to new regions, so it’s not a […]

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A First Look at Google Cloud Storage

Note: This is a continuation of my post on exploring Google Cloud Platform. There is also a mirror of it on dev.to. Storage price wise, S3 and GCS are mostly comparable, with a note that GCS bandwidth is more expensive, and you don’t really get a choice of what rate you want to pay. GCS […]

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A First Look at Google Compute Engine

Note: This is a continuation of my post on exploring Google Cloud Platform. There is also a mirror of it on dev.to. Compute Engine is one of the more important services for me. While I’d love to have all my stuff on managed services like Lambda/Cloud Functions, it’s not possible. The fundamentals of GCE are […]

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A First Look at Google Cloud Platform

This got really long, so I broke it up into parts. Feel free to skip to the parts you’re interested in. * Setting up, Organization differences & IAM/Authentication (this post) (dev.to mirror) * Google Compute Engine (dev.to mirror) * Google Cloud Storage (dev.to mirror) * Google Cloud Datastore (dev.to mirror) I have a bunch of […]

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Moving to the US

I’m moving to the US, and as part of that I’m wrapping up a host of legal things. I have some of this documented for my own benefit, and some friends are talking about similar things, so I decided to just write it all down. Disclaimer first: I am not a lawyer, do not take […]

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Exploring AWS Organizations

When AWS Organizations went GA, I was really happy. While I’ve had my personal AWS account for a while, I have a bunch of sites that aren’t personal in nature, and I wanted to spin them off into another account with the intention of having enough isolation that I could apply Terraform to those accounts […]

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Terraform import with AWS profiles other than default

I’ll come back and clean this up, but for now: Undocumented: It will use the default AWS profile – it will pull in your shared credientials, and use the default values if specified. As per code, use AWS_PROFILE=<name> terraform import aws_db_instance.default <id> to import using a AWS profile that isn’t default. ELB holds onto subnets […]

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Printing the table structure of a SQLite Database in Android

I’m doing some Android app development, and as part of it, I hit some issues with the database. My first plan was to download the database and open it in SQLite, but having to re-establish my ADB debug session each time I downoaded the file got annoying, so I decided to write a short snippet […]

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Quick and Dirty Shoestring Startup Infra

At the University of Waterloo, we have a Final Year Design Project/Capstone project. My group is working on a conference management suite called Calligre. We’ve been approaching it as kind of a startup – we presented a pitch at a competition and won! While sorting out admin details with the judges after, they were oddly […]

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