New – CloudWatch Events for EBS Snapshots

Cloud computing can improve upon traditional IT operations by giving you the power to automate complex high-level operations that were formerly kept in a runbook or passed along as tribal knowledge. Far too many of these operations involve backup and recovery operations, especially in smaller and less mature organizations.
Many AWS customers make great use of Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes, especially given the ease with which they can generate and manage snapshot backups. They are also copying snapshots between regions on a regular basis for disaster recovery and other operational reasons.
Today we are bringing the benefits of automation to EBS with the addition of new CloudWatch Events for EBS snapshots. You can use these events to add additional automation to your cloud-based backup environment. Here are the new events:
createSnapshot – Fired after the status of a newly created EBS snapshot changes to Complete.
copySnapshot –

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How to practically use your Linux terminal (part 2)

Quite a while ago, we had published a post that showcased four examples of how Linux users can utilize their terminal to perform simple daily tasks and fulfill common everyday use needs. Of course, the use case possibilities for the Linux terminal are nearly endless, so we’re naturally back for a second part containing more practical examples.

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EC2 Price Reduction (C4, M4, and T2 Instances)

I am happy to be able to announce that an EC2 price reduction will go in to effect on December 1, 2016, just in time to make your holiday season just a little bit more cheerful! Our engineering investments, coupled with our scale and our time-tested ability to manage our capacity, allow us to identify and pass on the cost savings to you.
We are reducing the On-Demand, Reserved Instance (Standard and Convertible) and Dedicated Host prices for C4, M4, and T2 instances by up to 25%, depending on region and platform (Linux, RHEL, SUSE, Windows, and so forth):
C4 – Reductions of up to 5% in US East (Northern Virginia) and EU (Ireland) and 20% in Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and Asia Pacific (Sydney).
M4  – Reductions of up to 10% in US East (Northern Virginia), EU (Ireland), and EU (Frankfurt) and 25% in Asia Pacific (Singapore).

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Linux dash: A beautiful web dashboard for Linux

A simple, low-overhead web dashboard for Linux

Check out what’s coming in Linux Dash v2.0: in Fall 2016.

Demo  | 
Features  | 

Installation  | 


A beautiful, simple web-based dashboard for monitoring a linux server
Only ~1MB on disk! (.git removed)
Live graphs, refresh-able widgets, and a growing # of supported modules
Drop-in installation for PHP, Node.js, Python, and Go

Step 1: Download Linux Dash

Clone the git repo

git clone

Or download it here.

Step 2: Secure Linux Dash

Linux Dash does not provide any security or authentication features.

It is strongly recommended that all Linux Dash installations be protected via a security measure of your choice.

Step 3: Start Linux Dash

Linux Dash can be run in: Node.js, PHP, Go, or Python.

* Node.js is the recommended platform since it has native support for websockets and fast I/O.

First, navigate to the linux-dash folder you downloaded or cloned.

Then, refer

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Visual Studio for Mac

At Connect(); in November, Microsoft is launching a preview of Visual Studio for Mac. This is an exciting development, evolving the mobile-centric Xamarin Studio IDE into a true mobile-first, cloud-first development tool for .NET and C#, and bringing the Visual Studio development experience to the Mac.
A New Member of the Visual Studio Family
At its heart, Visual Studio for Mac is a macOS counterpart of the Windows version of Visual Studio. If you enjoy the Visual Studio development experience, but need or want to use macOS, you should feel right at home. Its UX is inspired by Visual Studio, yet designed to look and feel like a native citizen of macOS. And like Visual Studio for Windows, it’s complemented by Visual Studio Code for times when you don’t need a full IDE, but want a lightweight yet rich standalone source editor.
Below the surface, Visual Studio for Mac also

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