Serverless Go Web Services using AWS

by AlphaGeek
Sun, Feb 19, 2017

Go Webservices Writing web services in Go is terrific! The language is natively compiled and therefore is wicked fast; concurrency is a first class language feature in Go; and there are mature web service frameworks in Go. One of those webservice frameworks in Goa. It is a design first web services framework that generates most of the glue and scaffolding needed to run services in Go for you and lets you concentrate on the business logic.

Hosting a Static Website for Pennies a Month

by AlphaGeek
Sat, Feb 18, 2017

For years I have been running a few very low traffic websites on various platforms. The first versions of these were run on a VM running LAMP that was costing me about $25.00 a month. About 3 years ago, I thought I could do better on cost and performance in EC2. So I bought a reserved t1.micro EC2 instance and a reserved t1.micro RDS instance both on a 3 year term.

My Bout of Touch Disease

by Alpha Geek
Fri, Sep 30, 2016

Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus suffers from a serious illness called “Touch Disease” and my phone suffered from it as well. I bought AppleCare with my phone because I had just dropped my previous phone in the tub and figured it was worth the extra dough to know that I could get it replaced if I did that again.

Were We Really That Excited about Computers in the 70s?

by AlphaGeek
Thu, Sep 15, 2016

In 1977, when I was 9 when my father moved my family to Saudi Arabia. We lived in Dhahran, an American compound for ARAMCO employees named after the Saudi town right outside the gates. Back in The States the microcomputer market was just getting started. There were numerous “kits” that could be purchased that you could use to build a microcomputer of your own. The Apple I was popular but there were many others.

There Should be a Word

by AlphaGeek
Fri, Jan 8, 2016

There should be a word for how computers fear me like there is for people who fear computers: Computerphobia. How about “alphageekphobia”?

Computers can smell fear

by AlphaGeek
Fri, Dec 11, 2015

I found this comic while looking for images for the site.