Quick one liners describing Amazon’s cloud services

Since I’m mostly in the Microsoft and Azure world, the names of the Amazon services tend to be a mystery to me. Here is a simple decoder :

https://adayinthelifeof.nl/2020/05/20/aws.html

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Fighting disinformation…

AP News Fact Check

Financial Times – Global Coronavirus Death Toll could be much higher…

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COVID-19 resources

These are up-to-date values for Rt, a key measure of how fast the virus is growing. It’s the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. If Rt is above 1.0, the virus will spread quickly. When Rt is below 1.0, the virus will stop spreading: https://rt.live/.  As of today (4/20/2020), Florida is just below 1.0 – let’s hope we can push it down (but our Governor has just re-opened the beaches, so let’s see where we are in two weeks).

The COVID-19 dashboard from Johns Hopkins – contains worldwide information: Coronavirus COVID-19

Another dashboard from Johns Hopkins – US focused – that has county level breakdowns.  COVID-19 United States Cases


Added on 5/3/2020:

This data from the New York Times (free login required) shows a state by state breakdown of the rate of new infections.  As of today, we can see the flattening of the curve, which is leading to several states to open back up – slowly.  This link goes to the Florida cases, but you can click on the States menu to switch:   New York Times Coronvirus Interactive Map and Case Count

As of May 3rd, 2020:

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A Horrifying Look into Dev Hiring

This post by Jared Nelson is a look into the modern hiring practices of large technology companies.

I have to say that his summary items at the end are especially damning – organizations are hammering people on algorithms that they know not only that they will never use, but aren’t even remotely close to relevant.

I know when I’m hiring a developer I care much less about their ability to implement any particular algorithm – chances are someone already has it wrapped up in a library for free and easy use. What matters is that they know how to understand that what they’re trying to do is probably a solved problem that they just need to go find the solution for.

Another item to consider is the type of company you’re looking at. I imagine most companies looking for someone to develop a standard line of business app will be a lot less focused on algorithms and more focused on more relevant, actionable skills.

Anyway, Jared’s post is long, but very much worth taking the time to read!

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China’s Economy Slows Sharply (NY Times)

Very interesting article.  The impact of tariff’s is affecting both American businesses, but also hammering manufacturers in China.

The NY Times article : China’s Economy Slows Sharply, in Challenge for Xi Jinping

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Flushing DNS cache on MacOS Mojave

Something I need to do every now and then.  Open a terminal, paste the command below and hit enter.  You’ll need to enter your administrator password.

sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder; sleep 2;

Once control returns, you’re all set.

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How Tampa Turned Around

Here’s hoping this all comes off as planned.  It was sad seeing Riverwalk be mostly closed businesses the last time we were down there…

https://urbanland.uli.org/development-business/how-tampa-turned-around/

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Phishers and scammers are getting very clever

Everyone should read this.  No matter how good you are, there are people out there who’s “job” it is, is to rip you off.  They are very good at it.  Be careful, and be suspicious.  Never give out anything to an unexpected caller, no matter how well informed they seem.  When in doubt, you can always call the bank or credit card company and ask them if they were trying to get in touch with you.

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Quick SQL Cheatsheet (on GitHub)

https://github.com/enochtangg/quick-SQL-cheatsheet

Keeping it handy to refer people to!

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Facebook uses 2 factor authentication phone numbers for marketing

There really is no bottom to how low these advertising companies will go.

 

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