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I’m currently working on a project that requires a Lambda function to connect to RDS and also connect to the outside world. It seems to be overly complex, but that’s probably because I don’t know much about networking. Here’s my attempt at setting it up.

Here is the final repo of what I go through below: https://github.com/geoffdutton/serverless-rds-aws-structure

There are a few ways of doing this, such as using one Lambda function (A) that’s not on the RDS subnet, and one (B) that is which receives data from A. For my purposes, I don’t want to do it that way.

The…


NVM is awesome, especially at the rate new versions of Node are coming out. If you don’t have it, you should get it. It allows you to instantly switch between any version of Node.

Hoarding ALL the Node versions!

If you didn’t already know, you can include a .nvmrc file in a project directory with the contents of the intended Node version, so like:

# .nvmrc (Note: NVM doesn't recognize comments, so remove this line)
8

Or if you need a more specific version:

# .nvmrc (Note: NVM doesn't recognize comments, so remove this line)
v7.10.1

Now if I’m in ~/Projects/my-cool-thing, I can just run…


You’ve heard the saying “I feel like a million bucks”, or some variation of it. But is it still relevant?

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An unscientific Google Books search brings up a use of it from 1967. It is probably older, but let’s run with that. If we pop that into Wolfram Alpha, we see that we should be saying “I feel like 7.4 million bucks” due to inflation.

So next time someone proclaims, “I feel like a million bucks!”, your response should be, “I’m sorry to hear that. Is something the matter?”


Rant time. None of my friends regularly use Twitter (voluntarily), and it is always the same argument. “Why does anyone care if I’m eating a sandwich?” Correct, no one cares if you’re eating a sandwich, so don’t post that.

I started using Twitter to follow people and organizations that post interesting stuff. Before Twitter, I never could get in the habit of reading the news using RSS feeds or something other means. My Google Reader is just a mess, 90% of the posts I don’t want to read. This required a lot of effort to sort through and find what…


Note: This is all from memory; I will try to get around to looking up exact details with sources some other time.

If you look at the history of the personal computer industry, starting when Apple created the Apple I, you will notice it starts with a bunch of companies trying to push their proprietary hardware and software. From what I know (however I was born in 1987, so I’m still young), throughout the 1980s, personal computers were very complicated and required a lot of additional support to even be remotely useful. There was not really a single platform for…


The other day as I was zoning out in a class, I started thinking about the progression of communication in the past hundred or so years. Before the telephone, the cost of communicating a message, especially long range was extremely high in both time and money costs. Because of this, only the ideas of the most capable people were spread around. The only way to collaborate was with people in your local town while sitting in the same room or area. The messenger boy industry was thriving at this point.

Even writing a letter was expensive in the sense that…


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Ah yes, the iPad. Where to even start… I guess I should start by saying that I am not an Apple fanboy and that I probably won’t be buying an iPad anytime soon. However, I do have an iPod Touch, and I’ve used Macs before, so I’m basically an expert, therefore my opinions are extremely valid. I went to a local Best Buy to finally lay my hands on Steve Jobs’ newest child. To be honest, I was a bit let down. After reading what others have said, I was honestly afraid…


Apparently there’s a new iPhone coming out dubbed the iPhone 4. (I wonder how long it took to come up with that name?) Steve Borsch of Minnov8 gives a solid overview of it. As you might know, I am not an Apple fanboy at all, but even I am tempted by the iPhone 4. The thing just looks badass.

A nice chunk of steel (maybe this will put Pittsburgh back on the map — lol just kidding.), two cameras to boot, HD recording (uh oh, sorry FlipCam) and all the 3G awesomeness you could ever dream of. Especially with the…


I had a game-changing revelation the other day. I was thinking about my childhood among a million other things, and I realized there’s a pretty solid analogy between bootstrapping as an entrepreneur and building crap when I was in my younger days.

To give a quick background, I grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. My father was a home builder for most of my younger life, so I always had access to tools and scrap wood. I basically grew up with a hammer in my hand (granted I would usually set it down when I went to bed). My family was…


Warning: this is going to be a self-serving post. (Who am I kidding? All my posts are self-serving.)

One of the most straight forward ways to improve your business is simply asking your customers what they want, or at least making it clear you are always open for new suggestions. On the internet, there are many technologies that make it easy to do so, even something simple like a web form, or just an email. That’s all fine and dandy, but the problem is that we (well most of us) live in the physical world. We still eat food and/or…

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