AWS re:Invent Essentials

I had the good fortune of going to AWS re:Invent this year for the first time and have a few takeaways from the event I’d like to share for folks thinking of going in 2018.

First and foremost, I suggest that if you run into Jeff Barr while wearing a penguin suit be sure to say hello…

Fernando with Jeff Barr

New Linux Academy Course - Fullstack Serverless Applications on AWS

I’ve just released a new course on Linux Academy. It’s called Fullstack Serverless Applications on AWS. I think this will be a great course for anyone wanting to learn more about serverless application development on AWS and a great way to add a new project to your portfolio too! You can read more about the course in the official annoucement on the Linux Academy blog.
56 Million Unhashed Passwords

Over the last few months, I’ve tried to reach someone at my ISP about concerns I have regarding password storage practices. Namely, that they store them in a form that makes them vulnerable to being exposed in plain text in the case of a data breach. After some initial research, I discovered that the issue is actually a with a vendor called CSG International and that the passwords of 56 million user accounts are currently stored improperly.

Publishing Serverless Finch

A little while ago I was working on a Serverless Framework project that needed an easy way to deploy and configure files in S3 as a static website. I didn’t want to do this manually and was hoping to keep the scope of everything within the Serverless Framework. After some back and forth I ended up republishing an outdated npm package as serverless-finch and you’re now welcome to use and contribute to it.

When I moved back to the Seattle area from Philadelphia I started riding a prominent Seattle commuter train several times a week. After the first few weeks of commuting I was surprised by how infrequently I saw Seattle ticket enforcement officers. I’ve always paid my fare (and plan to continue doing so because trains are awesome and I support public transit), but I started to wonder, if I were a perfectly rational, amoral decision maker and didn’t care about public transit would I still pay?

Photo of Seattle Light Rail