Week 5: 2/18 – 2/24

What did you do this past week?

This past week was really a catch up week. I had some tests, but coasted through pretty easily, and now I feel confident going forward in the semester about how my grades are looking. I got my SWE group together, and out of all of us, I can do the most push-ups so it’s pretty obvious who’s going to have to carry the group. We still can’t think of a cool group name, but we’re making some headway. Our first idea got denied, but I still think it has some commercial use so I’m probably just gonna make it on my own time. We also already bought TuneAustin so we can’t let that yearly dollar fee go to waste, like that’s dinner money. I gave up meals for that.

What’s in your way?

Other than my complete lack of understanding of any technical skills required for SWE except for than a little Python and some SQL, nothing is in my way. Also I don’t really know AWS, which I should probably figure out pretty soon considering that my internship for the summer is on AWS. I also really need to buy some more HEB veggie pasta, because currently it’s my only form of sustenance.

What will you do next week?

I’m gonna make some serious headway on this SWE project. Our group decided on AWS so I bought another 5 monitors so I can multitask and learn it as fast as possible. I also have to leave on Friday to be the TD for the NCWA wrestling national conference, so I have to make sure to get everything done before I do that. My family’s coming in town for the first time in a couple months this weekend, which I get to see my little brother Jon. He’s been facebook messaging me telling me about the different ways he’s gonna beat me in chess, and honestly every time I get one of those texts, I break into a cold sweat. Jon’s 6 years old and is currently the undefeated scholastic regional champion of North Texas. I’ve got my work cut out for me.

What did you think of the talk by Ed on GCP and Hannah on AWS?

I feel pretty bad about the GCP talk. The guy comes out and asks what Google got their letter colors from, and I impulsively stated “the rainbow” without thinking about it. Also, someone asked him at the end of the lecture why we would use GCP over AWS and I just hurt for him. It was a devastating blow. Hannah’s talk on AWS was thorough, informative, and even though it didn’t talk about everything AWS had to offer (they have like 30 something products, there’s no way she could’ve covered it in 50 minutes, unless she tried really hard), it was enough to show me exactly what I need to do to get our project going. Hannah’s talk was enough to convince us to go with AWS, and I think she did a really good job with it.

What’s your pick-of-the-week or tip-of-the-week?

I’ve been doing some research on AWS, and my tip-of-the-week is to use AWS Lightsail over EC2 just for the project. EC2 is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but it’s meant for enterprise-grade software, and Lightsail is better for lower-scale developments which just need virtual private servers. Coming with VMs, SSD storage, static IPs, Dev-Test environments, and an extremely edgy name, Lightsail is definitely the way to go for this assignment.

chris_w_jonellaThis is a big week for me, so I made this picture as big as possible this time

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