Hackers and Slackers


Configuring server-side infrastructure, cloud architecture, and sometimes even networks.

MongoDB Cloud: "Backend as a Service" with Atlas & Stitch

MongoDB's silent transformation from an open-source database to enterprise cloud provider

Unless you've been living under a rock (or only visit this site via work-related Google Searches, like most people) you've probably heard me drone on here and there about MongoDB Atlas and MongoDB Stitch. I even went so far as

NoSQL Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Nov 15

Reselling AWS Load Balancing

Providing Cloud Load Balancing for your customers; My ultimatum

Let's say we have a hosting service for users who bring their own domain name. In this scenario we'd like to be able to service customers no matter who manages their DNS records. Be it GoDaddy, Namecheap, Google, Hostgator, some

AWS Author imageRyan Rosado Author imagexodz Nov 11

Deploy Application Containers with GCP App Engine

Doing everything to avoid server configuration or any mild discomfort.

We've been on a bit of a tear lately on Google Cloud lately (or at least I have) , and I have no desire to stop any time soon. I probably should though...  our own analytics show that half our viewers

Google Cloud Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Oct 25

Compile Frontend JavaScript with Babel and Gulp

Using ECMAScript functions on the frontend the quick and dirty way.

As you may have already deduced from the occasional glaring holes in my programming knowledge, I haven’t spent as much of my life programming than, well, anybody who haphazardly threw away an 8-year product management career. Apparently, a lot

JavaScript Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Oct 06

Creating an AMI with HashiCorp Packer

HashiCorp's version control for infrastructure

Why use Packer? Infrastructure as code has become part of the buzzword bingo surrounding operational teams and their desired optimal workflows.

One could theoretically just start with a base AMI and manually update it and then re-save it as a

DevOps Author imageDavid Aquino Author imagedavid Oct 03

So You've Fucked up your Python Path

A timeless hazing ritual for new Python devs, and how to fix it

I remember back to when I first learned Python. It was a strange decision for a happily employed post-graduate to make, especially for a time when many were screaming for the death of the language with Guido's (outrageous?) grand reveal

Python Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Sep 12

My First Experience with Docker

Reboot EC2 instances with Docker

We have a .NET application that has been running for years, but once a week, the application fails to recover and needs the server needs to be rebooted .  To preemptively reboot the EC2 instance nightly we decided to use Docker

DevOps Author imageDavid Aquino Author imagedavid Sep 05

Connect to your Google Cloud Compute Engine

Configuring SSH and file transfers in Google Cloud

So you've taken a leap and decided to host your VPS on Google Cloud: let me be the first to congratulate you on joining the clearly superior cloud platform of our modern era. I would apologize for being so openly

Google Cloud Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Sep 05