April 2011

Amazon EC2 Outage

From April 21 through April 24, Amazon has been recovering from a major outage in it's server business. I had 4 servers on Amazon EC2's data centre in Virginia, the affected Region.  Of my four servers, one server experienced an outage.

The process of recovery involved waiting for access to my volumes, then restarting a new server in a different zone than the original server, and recovering a data backup snapshot.  While the process of recovery was quite simple once I had access, I could not reach the volumes for 2 days.

Community as Twitter as Community

Twitter seems weird and useless until you get it.  And getting it is something that when you don't, seems like a mystery.  Do I twit or tweet or do a tweet?  Funny language.

A tweet is a message.  People tweet about random thoughts, news, images, articles, and snippets to add to the community conversation.  They do so with 140 characters, URL shorteners, and #hashtags.

Performance Outcomes

I am a victim of to-do lists.  Yep.  It feels like I can't help myself but to make to-do lists and then live my life from them.  Saturday morning. What's there to do today? Make a list. Do it.

Then there are days I get tired of writing to-do lists. So what I do is rebel. No list. Just do what I want. That works for a single day.  String a couple of those days together though and I produce no results.

How to be an extraordinary person - Landmark Education

Take the Landmark Forum and learn the following:
  • Be Racket-Free: give up being right - even when you know you were.
  • Be Powerful: be straight in your communication and take what you get.
  • Be Courageous: acknowledge your fear (not necessarily get rid of it) and then act.
  • Be Peaceful: give up the interpretation that there's something wrong.
  • Be Charismatic: give up trying to get somewhere. Be entirely fulfilled in the present moment.
  • Be Enrolling: share your new possibilities in such a way that others are touched, moved and inspired.
  • Be Unreasonable: in expectations of yourself and others beyond what you would think they are capable of.

How to be an extraordinary person - Landmark Education

Take the Landmark Forum and learn the following:
  • Be Racket-Free: give up being right - even when you know you were.
  • Be Powerful: be straight in your communication and take what you get.
  • Be Courageous: acknowledge your fear (not necessarily get rid of it) and then act.
  • Be Peaceful: give up the interpretation that there's something wrong.
  • Be Charismatic: give up trying to get somewhere. Be entirely fulfilled in the present moment.
  • Be Enrolling: share your new possibilities in such a way that others are touched, moved and inspired.
  • Be Unreasonable: in expectations of yourself and others beyond what you would think they are capable of.