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Hi everyone. My name is Jeff and my interests are in software engineering, DevOps, cloud architecture, big-data, and natural language processing. In high school I created one of the first software development companies in West Virginia. I am an AWS Community Builder for 2021. The best way to get in touch with me is through LinkedIn.

Recent Posts

  • Factory Restoring the AWS DeepRacer - In a previous post I wrote about how to do a factory restore on the AWS DeepLens camera. Today we’re going to do the AWS DeepRacer! Luckily, the process is really the same. You just want to download the DeepRacer files instead of the DeepLens files. You can get the files from the AWS guide. […]
  • AWS Office Hours - Looking back at the past 10 years there have been lots of people who had an impact on me. Some of them probably have no idea but I don’t think I would have the experience today if it weren’t for their help and assistance over the years. Finding ways to give back can be challenge […]
  • Terraform or CloudFormation? - After the recent HashiTalks 2021 event it brought up an old debate in my mind and often in the minds of companies I work with. When to use Terraform and when to use CloudFormation? (You can read about my HashiTalks 2021 presentation.) As someone who has nearly lived exclusively in the AWS universe for the […]
  • HashiTalks 2021 - For HashiTalks 2021 I was able to present a Terraform project that managed the training and serving of NLP models. Built in AWS and using ECS, S3, DynamoDB, SQS, Lambda, and EventBridge, the project provides a way to do automated containerized NLP model training. You can queue a model for training by describing the model […]
  • Preparing for AWS Certifications - Currently I have 11 AWS certifications. I took my first AWS certification exam back in 2014. Since then I’ve re-certified and taken well more exams than the 11 certifications shows. I get asked a lot how do you prepare for the exams? What study materials do you use? So I thought I’d try to share […]
  • So long, Elasticsearch - The open source community has been rocked by a couple of big changes recently. One of those events was when MongoDB announced a change to their licensing. Initially released under the AGPL, MongoDB changed to their own Server Side License. Why? Because MongoDB was being sold as a product by some cloud providers without contributing […]
  • AWS DeepLens Factory Restore - When getting started with an AWS DeepLens camera it can be helpful to restore the camera to its factory settings, especially if you get a second hand one. Luckily, this is a pretty easy thing to do. The instructions are documented by AWS at Restoring Your AWS DeepLens Device to Factory Settings. I will walk […]
  • I am a 2021 AWS Community Builder for Machine Learning - I was selected as a 2021 AWS Community Builder for machine learning! The AWS Community Builders program selects participants to help share AWS knowledge and resources to the community through engagements such as blog posts, code, and videos. I was selected for machine learning so you can expect to see some upcoming machine learning on […]
  • The Fallacy of Avoiding Cloud Vendor Lock-In - I have worked with many companies to help them either migrate to the cloud or develop new cloud applications for over 10 years. A very common requirement is that the designed architecture avoid using any cloud vendor specific technologies or services. The rationale is usually that although we are running our application on vendor X […]
  • Querqy Chorus - For the past couple of months I have attended occasional presentations about Chrous, an open source stack for search, created by Querqy. The presentations have focused on the stack components of Apache Solr, SMUI (Search Management UI), the search relevancy tool Quepid, among others. There is a decent amount of search-related open source projects out […]