Friday, March 15, 2013

The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away

Amazon have released the AWS Console for iPhone, an app that summarizes the status of your EC2 instances, CloudWatch alarms, total service charges, and AWS Service Health. I got a chance to use it in anger yesterday as we got a CloudWatch alarm on the auction server around lunchtime due to a sudden rush of traffic. It is usefulish but not great. It is strange to think that words with friends does a better job of notifying me on iPhone when it is my turn in a game than Amazon does with letting me know my cloud infrastructure is creaking. AWS Console for Android has been out for a while, and I certainly feel that the burglar's Samsung Galaxy Note has a much wider range of handy sysop and management apps than my iPhone does. Real time Google Analytics seems particularly handy on it from what he tells me.

I learned of the AWS Console for iPhone from the invaluable Google Reader, on the same day the SOB's said they were going to close it. Interwebs, I share your pain.
“Google drives all RSS services out of business by making Reader free. Then shuts down Google Reader. This isn’t about ‘evil’, but trust,” said Benedict Evans, analyst at research house Enders.

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