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The Next Episode

Burnout. I wouldn't say that I had the most extreme case, but having been continuously employed since 15, including during my computer science studies at CU Boulder, I was feeling the burn. Motivation has never been one of my issues, and yet I had become unproductive, moody, and uncooperative. I quit my last job in March and I've been on break since.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes! WhaleTech is closing.

The last three years have been quite the ride, but now, like all good things, WhaleTech is coming to an end.

Secure credentials for ECS tasks using the EC2 Parameter Store

In case you haven't been following along, AWS ECS has improved dramatically since my first hands-on experience with it back in 2014. While still not as fully featured and certainly not as pluggable as Kubernetes, I believe that ECS is now the best choice for most containerized workloads. The integration with other services (IAM, ALB, ECR) are hard to accomplish with any other system, and you're relieved of any and all cluster management. And I would wager that it's easier to get security right with ECS than with any other container scheduler.

Tooling around with CloudFormation helpers

Pretty much everybody can agree that working with CloudFormation is a bit, shall we say, cumbersome. Dare I attempt to recite its shortcomings? No, I dare not. Okay, maybe just a few...

Blue moon update

Full time consulting life working at home turns out be, well, quite a lot of work! But finally I'll make time for a few thoughts and updates.