After going to FOSDEM I'm thinking of moving some Web sites to the 'cloud', not just by renting space on a Web host somewhere, but by using the Amazon services to provide the ability to move hosts transparently if something fails, or bring up more mirrors if I get SlashDotted, etc.
Has anyone used the Amazon EC services (and the elastic storage behind it)?
My 45 year old step-son who is no mug BTW, asked his mother if I would assist him in his latest academic endeavour. He never asks me directly but whatever.
He's not mine but, I'm proud of him. Twenty eight years ago he was a "loser".
Anyhoo he's received a temporary promotion PROVIDED he qualifies in XYZ within 12 months at college.
He's for once has kind of met a "brick wall" and needs Daddy's help. I've no problems with that at all BUT it might freak most of us here right out.
It has to do with Mining Sites, GPS and a cunning little computer programme which plots every bloody thing down to less than 1 mm.
It's the last bit which is the problem. I said to Carolyn:
"The only way I can be of help is to do the course in parallel with him".
Yes I need to do that. Google "Raster Logic" for starters.
At my age I need this like I need a hole in the head. He left me his gummint laptop and I made a dog's breakfast of that. I copied his course CD, no problems. I tried to copy his companion programme from the gummint laptop to a USB drive.
It went for about two hours and erased the USB with no data at all. On my PC it now says "reformat drive".
You're not kidding! I use Hootsuite, a Twitter enabler, and it was completely down for more than a day, as it relies on the Amazon cloud. A couple of other sites I use turn out to have outsourced some of their functions there, and THEY are still struggling.