Where Is It 5 O’Clock Pt: 4

As much as I’ve scratched my head working on this project it has been fun to learn some new things and build something that isn’t infrastructure automation. I’ve learned some frontend web development some backend development and utilized some new Amazon Web Services products. With all that nice stuff said I’m proud to announce that… Continue reading Where Is It 5 O’Clock Pt: 4

Where Is It Five O’Clock Pt: 3

So I left this project at a point where I felt it needed to be re-architected based on the fact that Flask only executes the function once and not every time the page loads. I re-architected the application in my head to include an API that calls the Lambda function and returns a list of… Continue reading Where Is It Five O’Clock Pt: 3

Where Is It 5 O’Clock Pt: 2

So I spend the evening deploying this web application to Amazon Web Services. In my test environment, everything appeared to be working great because every time I reloaded the page it reloaded the function as well. When I transferred this over to a live environment I realized the Python function only ran every time I… Continue reading Where Is It 5 O’Clock Pt: 2

Where Is It Five O’Clock Pt: 1

I bought the domain whereisitfiveoclock.net a while back and have been sitting on it for quite some time. I had an idea to make a web application that would tell you where it is five o’clock. Yes, this is a drinking website. I saw this project as a way to learn more Python skills, as… Continue reading Where Is It Five O’Clock Pt: 1

EC2 Action Slack Notification

I took a brief break from my Lambda function creation journey to go on vacation but, now i’m back! This function will notify a Slack channel of your choosing when an EC2 instance enters “Starting, Stopping, Stopped, or Shutting-Down” status. I thought this might be useful for instances that reside under a load balancer. It… Continue reading EC2 Action Slack Notification

Check EC2 Instance Tags on Launch

In my ever-growing quest to automate my AWS infrastructure deployments, I realized that just checking my tags wasn’t good enough. I should force myself to put tags in otherwise my instances won’t launch at all. I find this particularly useful because I utilize AWS Backup to do automated snapshots nightly of all of my instances.… Continue reading Check EC2 Instance Tags on Launch

Automatically Transcribing Audio Files with Amazon Web Services

I wrote this Lambda function to automatically transcribe audio files that are uploaded to an S3 bucket. This is written in Python3 and utilizes the Boto3 library. You will need to give your Lambda function permissions to access S3, Transcribe and CloudWatch. The script will create an AWS Transcribe job with the format: ‘filetranscription’+YYYYMMDD-HHMMSS I… Continue reading Automatically Transcribing Audio Files with Amazon Web Services

The Security Specialty Certification

Today I sat the AWS Security Specialty Exam. While I didn’t pass I thought to provide some commentary on the experience in relation to the training that I sought out to assist myself in the process. I have been a big fan of ACloudGuru.¬†They helped me pass my Solutions Architect exam last year so naturally,… Continue reading The Security Specialty Certification