What I Learned by Quitting Amazon Web Services (AWS)

In January 2021 I thought I had finally made it. I had been hired by Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a Cloud Support Engineer II. Even though there had been a few red flags along the way, I told myself this was a pinnacle moment in my career. This company was even sending me a MacBook Pro! Most other companies would send out Windows laptops. Everything felt different about this role. It even felt like I had “made it.”

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Splunk Universal Forwarder Script

Recently, in my new role of Splunk Admin, I took over maintaining our list of installed Universal Forwarders installed on Windows servers. In order to make my job and life a little bit easier, I dove into the world of PowerShell scripting. After many hours I came up with a simple script that would allow me to call a function called “UFCheck”, give it a server name, and the script would do the rest.

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How to Reflash a Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway (USG)

A few weeks back we had a power outage at our home. Electricity was restored a few hours later and we all thought nothing of it. Everything turned back on and my home network seemed to function correctly.

About a week later, I logged in to my Ubiquiti Network Manager Controller and saw that my Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway (USG) was no longer sending over data to the controller software. I still thought little of this issue, since the USG was still routing and blocking unsolicited traffic.

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3… 2… 1… Failure to Launch

In 2017 I was one-half of a small startup, here in Louisiana. A a new startup, we were going to join the ranks of companies that were ready to dream and create the Internet of Things (IoT) industry. At the time, smart mirrors were still homemade projects which relied on multidisciplinary hobbyists that understood framing, technology, and software engineering. As one might imagine, there are not many people that can combine all three requirements to create something that they may only use or a few times a day.

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