If you have projects or goals that involve a computer, especially those attached to the Internet, let's talk. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208 964 0054.
If you're into code, you can see my work on GitHub.
RDS for MySQL on AWS allows you to restore to any point in time for your backup retention period, minus the last 5 minutes or so. Restoration creates a new instance, it does not overwrite whatever instance you’re restoring. AWS’s use of the word restore is a bit confusing because restore often means “take your production database server and overwrite it with data from a backup”. As far as I can tell, Amazon never means this. When you restore, AWS creates another database server and writes all the data to the new instance, both when you’re using restoring to a point-in-time or from a DB snapshot. If you needed to switch servers, you’d have to point your database to the new instance.
I’ve often wanted a way to have access to emergency-use passwords. When I as a database administrator, I didn’t need God-level permissions on my servers for everyday work, I only needed those in dire circumstances such as server failure. Since there wasn’t a good way to ensure I that I could fix stuff during emergencies, I just got God-level permissions. This isn’t the best idea, however. The more people with those permissions, the bigger the risk. In the end, it’s better to have everyday, low-risk permissions but a way to “break the glass” and get root/admin privileges during a crisis. Read more
I just finished my first solo product, Leaderboard, a SaaS app for managing competitions. I’ve done tons of little side projects, but I either abandoned them or I built them only to learn a new language, framework, or stretch my programming ability. I’ve had a lot of things going on in my life since the beginning of the project (just like everybody else). Regardless if I make one cent or not, I’ve finished a product (meaning I got software working to a point that someone could pay me and built-in a way for someone to pay me). Read more
I am a budding software entrepreur from beautiful Boise, Idaho. I like creating software, because our work frees people from meaningless, repetitious tasks, often giving them a lever to move the world. I've worked on everything from a small ERP system, to trucking software, and now I'm on a team with a great group of people writing software for the marketing space. My favorite technologies include MySQL, C#, SQL Server, and Linux (if only Microsoft released a *nix SQL Server).
My non-work hours are filled with family and travelling, hopefully both! (The picture is my beautiful wife and me in Switzerland). I won't say no to either a Homeric epic or a snifter of cognac.
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