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Python Lambdas in AWS

Using python in amazon web service lambdas can be tricky in the following scenarios.

  • There are some dependencies that are not included in the aws python lambda executor
  • There are some dependencies that require binaries (Packages such as numpy, sklearn e.t.c.)

For the first topic it is still possible to develop on your laptop and to send the lambda via s3. For dependencies with binaries you have to work with a real ec2.

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Using AWS to build a personal VPN

Personal VPNs can be really useful in the following scenarios:

  • You want to secure your connection because you are using a free internet hotspot.
  • You want to access forbidden sites such as google from countries that block it.
  • You want to use a service that is not available in your country and that has an IP geo location filter

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Kibana 5.5 Region Map

Kibana 5.5 is out, and there is a nice new visualizer that lets you colorise a full country depending on the value of the record. It is really interesting for me as I developed such a plugin because I required the exact same functionality here.

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Playing with the 6502 in 2017

For people born in the seventies, 6502 is a magic number. It was the name of one of the most used processors in electronic devices of the eighties such as the Apple 2, the commodore 64, the nintendo NES e.t.c.

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ELK 5.4 Released

Elastic search released the latest version of its stack. There are of course a lot of cool new things, but we also feel that they, one step after the other push people to a licence model. I have no problem with that but it makes the life of people that want to keep a licence free stack more difficult.

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Linking Node Red and various MQs

Node red is a really nice framework that lets you build IoTs workflows. It is in fact far more interesting than that because you can use it in order to create small workflow integrations as you would do with a product like Mule or Camel. Of course you should not use it if you want to handle critical financial messages using a MQ Series transaction but it can handle most of the less critical cases.

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Testing ELK 5.2

ELK 5.2 has arrived and there are some nice additions. Please find below a complete docker-compose file that let’s you quickly play with the latest versions of elastic search, kibana and a few additional tools used to monitor the system.

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Monitoring Docker 2

There are a lot of tools that can be used to monitor docker as explained in this previous post, but it could be interesting to keep the history of the CPU and memory used by each individual container.

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Playing With Kairos DB

KairosDB is a time series database built on top of Cassandra, one of the top NoSQL database. It has a very simple API and a nice Grafana plugin in order to display the time series.

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