How to understand VPCs, subnets and IGWs…


Still trying to really grasp the concept of VPCs and route table. This diagram, which contains actual clouds really brought everything together for me. Also, it was pretty relaxing drawing everything out and then coloring everything in. I think I’m going to draw out a few more of these diagrams.


How to learn AWS:revisited

When I first started my AWS journey, I wanted some additional learning resources. I initially subscribed to Cloud Academy because of their bomb student discount. I loved most of the content, particularly the labs and most of the lectures. I liked how all the content was categorized and you could choose your learning path. Some of the lectures were confusing and the quizzes left me feeling super lost. I was already looking for another resource but one day I logged on and quite a bit of the content had been labeled outdated.

I came across A Cloud Guru in one of the AWS sub-reddits and decided to give it a try. They were offering the complete Solutions Architect course for $29, so I went ahead and bought it. I pretty happy with it so far. I’m not sure if the information is easier to digest because I’m familiar with it or if the course content is just explained better. Either way, the lessons and labs are easy for me to follow and I’m really feeling like my knowledge is progressing.

How to mix mindfulness with tech…


I feel like my Magic Mirror project was a bit of a metaphor for my life. It had so many pieces and moving parts. One minute it seems like I’m heading in the right direction towards completion and then an unexpected thing happens and everything falls apart. Its easy to look at this as a failure and wish I hadn’t wasted so much time and energy on it, but I could also look at the bigger picture. The lessons I learned while trying to build this project. I could stop and really evaluate what went wrong. What do I need to do better? A mindful space. Now for my Mirror project I probably just burned  out the power board for the monitor. The simple fix for this is either a different monitor or a new power board. Taking the time to step back and assess the situation without going into defeatist or panic mode. I mean this works for life too. Everything could be all good one minute, and then your monitor stops working. How do you deal? Getting into a mindful space  and just being persistent and determined. Thinking clearly, letting that creative, problem solving energy flow through you. Steve Jobs mediated, I think? Are other people in the tech world utilizing mindfulness? Does this hippy, new age stuff merge well with the logical thinking of the technology field? Just some random observations.