Experiments with Cloud Computing

I’ve wanted to setup my own blog for quite a while to rant and rave about all things SaaS, Cloud, Infrastructure and IT Operations related. I’ve been playing with different options to host a solution, from converting an old HP desktop into a small…

I’ve wanted to setup my own blog for quite a while to rant and rave about all things SaaS, Cloud, Infrastructure and IT Operations related.  I’ve been playing with different options to host a solution, from converting an old HP desktop into a small linux server to looking at cloud options.The process has been quite entertaining as the current implementation of cloud computing is more complicated then it really should be. If it wasn’t for numerous blogs and how to’s, i’m not sure I ever would have figured out my way around Amazon’s elastic compute cloud.I’ll detail each of the solutions I tried in a future post, but my final choice ended up being slicehost.  I’m incredibly impressed how fast even my small instance runs so far, with lightning fast downloads and fantastic performance of this application. It also provided some unique features that I didn’t see with Amazon, and the pricing was much cheaper then amazon. If you can manage a linux system (as windows isn’t available today on slicehost), I would highly recommend it.I’m also really pleased with WordPress for this blog, it was incredibly easy to setup on top of LAMP. I’m not happy with the overall theme yet, but for a project I started this afternoon and about 4 hours total, i’m very happy with how far I have gotten.Stay tuned for future posts.

Imac’s and Ebay

So i’ve been looking for a used Imac for the last 2 months on Ebay. My wife really wants one for christmas for her ScrapBook room and with the new baby on the way it will be a good computer for her to mess with photos, printouts and page layouts w…

So i’ve been looking for a used Imac for the last 2 months on Ebay. My wife really wants one for christmas for her ScrapBook room and with the new baby on the way it will be a good computer for her to mess with photos, printouts and page layouts while being in close to the baby. I’m pretty familiar with Mac’s as my first computer was a Mac SE when I was a kid and my family had Mac’s until they did away with the powercomputing clones.A new shiny Imac is a bit tight for the budget these days with the economy and so i’m looking for a used unit. On ebay I see apple products going all the way back to Apple G4 units which are Preintel days. I’ve already decided it has to be intel, as it allows me to dual boot into windows, just in case my wife hates it. I’ve had great success on ebay buying used items for what I considered a fair market price. However, i’m just amazed at the price used Apple equipment goes for on Ebay.For instance this lovely 24″ imac with 3.0ghz intel chip:http://cgi.ebay.com/iMac-24-3-06-GHz-Core-2-Duo_W0QQitemZ280279277990QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item280279277990On ebay, current bid is $1,975 dollars, an equally configured unit on the apple store is $2200 dollars!! Why buy used? I almost wonder if Apple is scowering ebay and making sure they jack the prices up on these things, and then buy them and sell them on their refurb store which is overpriced as well.A more suitable unit for us would be the 17″ imac with a 1.75ghz processor, but i’m even seeing these units go for $900 dollars, and this unit is easily 2 years old. Try to sell your used Dell computer for that price on Ebay! Its not going to happen. I’m not giving up on ebay yet and i might get this 17″ imac for a price less than $600 bucks, but i’m not holding my breath at this point!Or maybe Pystar won’t get sued into oblivion by apple and will continue to sell a very reasonable configuration for about $600 bucks…. which would be way better than paying $2000+ for an official unit from apple for the same specs. But i’m not holding my breath for Pystar to win their case against apple.

My New Car

Well after two years of drooling over the Acura RL, I finally have one. Its a blue with black interior 2005 model. My wife is relieved that i’ll stop mentioning how I want one, and my hour and a half commute will be in much better style then my Fo…

Well after two years of drooling over the Acura RL, I finally have one. Its a blue with black interior 2005 model. My wife is relieved that i’ll stop mentioning how I want one, and my hour and a half commute will be in much better style then my Ford Mustang I used to own.