Do you have my iPod?

This is a message for the person who found my iPod Nano on an American Airlines plane in May, or otherwise ended up with it. Unless your name is also Eric Mason, you have to know it’s not yours, since it has “Eric Mason” engraved on the back of it. Please leave a comment here if you have it.

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Boot EC2 Instances from an EBS volume

Shlomo Swidler has a great writeup on booting an EC2 instance from an EBS drive. In my case I wanted to run our development server only during business hours, and possibly only when someone actually needs it.  This way we can save both money and time by running a faster instance type (think Rails unit tests), but only for 1/3 of the time.  Since the EBS volume persists across instances, any software upgrades and configuration changes will persist as well.

I’ve been thinking I should figure this out for a while, but it seems Mr. Swidler figured it out for me.  Thanks!

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Cape Cod

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Lay Family Reunion

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Costa Rica

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Samantha

We had a nice visit with Jen’s little cousin Samantha, who was on her first trip to Florida.

 

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Murphy Meets New Friends

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Obama and Chavez

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Brothers In Arms?

Our president laughs and shakes hands with a brutal socialist dictator.   The change we deserve!

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Tea Party Protest

Lots of people turned out for the Fort Lauderdale’s version of the Tea Party protest against excessive government spending, overreaching, socialism, etc.  Most of the protesters actually seemed like normal people.  At one point the crowd even started singing “God Bless America.”

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Apt-get upgrade wants to replace my compiled packages.

I was getting some messages from my daily apt-get upgrade script telling me some of my ffmpeg debs needed to be upgraded.   Continue reading

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