Starting a new job at a new company, sort of

Yesterday I was a Lead Platform Engineer at DigIO, but today I am a Principal Consultant at CMD Solutions. So, if I actually had business cards they would show I’ve got a new title and work at a different company. Which is sort of true, but also very much not.

🎙️ - Melbourne AWS User Group Podcast - Episode 21

In this month’s episode Arjen, JM, and Guy discuss the news from January 2022. Well, everything announced after re:Invent really, but that’s mostly from January. There are good announcements all over; from a new Console Home to unpronounceable instance types, but there is also some news around the podcast that’s either good or bad depending on how you interpret it.

Using the CLI with AWS SSO

In an interesting discussion at work today, someone mentioned a tool that would allow you to only log in once for AWS accounts in an AWS Organization. Which surprised me, as that is built into the way the CLI works with AWS SSO. It turns out that many people were unaware of this. As I tend to complain about SSO, I figured I might as well point out one of the parts I really enjoy about it.

AWS and Patching: Easily keep your instances up to date

When it comes to computers in any form there is one task that it’s hard to find anyone who enjoys it, and that is patching. While updating a system in order to get new capabilities can be fun because of what it will enable you to do, patching means spending time to maintain the status quo. Which is both boring and frustrating. Luckily cloud infrastructure allows us to more easily automate this, so let’s have a look at how that works when running on AWS.

Over on the CMD blog, I wrote about how to make it easy to patch your EC2 instances in an automated manner. If you’re interested, you should read it.

CMD Solutions is the AWS focused brand within Mantel Group, which DigIO (my employer) is also a part of. Because of my status as AWS APN Ambassador, I represent CMD as well. Which also means that for some of my blogposts1, those focused on some small part of AWS for example, CMD is the better outlet. This is a good example of that.


  1. At least those that I write as a representive of my company. Obviously, the best place for anything I write is right here ;). ↩︎

aws-sdk-go-v2 is finally GA

I wrote about version 2 of the Go SDK for AWS over 3 years ago. At the time it was just available in beta/preview mode and I expected it to become GA a bit quicker than it did. But now it's finally here!