I'm R.J. and this is my blog, it's a smattering of thoughts around technology, programming, open source software, the Drupal framework, and managing insane clients & projects. Thoughts are my own, read at your own risk, always safe-for-work.

Seven steps to quickly setup an Amazon EC2 web server instance so you can start working

I've been a part-time Linux sysadmin for a number of years and tonight I wanted to play around with Amazon EC2 and see how it works. There is plenty of documentation on how to configure and customize an Amazon EC2 instance and all the options available. However I didn't find a short, succinct summary of the steps required to spin up an EC2 instance from account creation to pointing your A record to it, so here goes.


Another lame Drupal joke

Three drupal devs walk into a bar. The first dev, an academic, said "I created the most elegant and bug free module ever today. I'm going to write and publish a paper on my novel abstraction layer!". The second dev, a consultant, said "I did not have full requirements and specifications for the module and now it’s throwing errors. I need more budget!”. The third dev, who happens to work in a marketing department, said "I have you all beat. My module resulted in a 150% increase in revenue. The module is perfect, I disabled error reporting!"


How to setup a local development environment for Drupal 7 on Ubuntu 12.04 with apache, mysql, php, svn, git, eclipse, dnsmasq, and Drush

My hard drive crashed this last week and I ended up setting up a local dev environment on Ubuntu on a couple machines. Here are the steps I took; this should get anyone to a place where they're ready to start Drupal development on a local machine. In a nutshell, this how-to includes installing and configuring Ubuntu 12.04, Apache 2.2 (including virtual hosts configuration), MySQL 5.5, PHP 5.3.x, phpMyAdmin, SVN 1.7, Git, Eclipse (with PDT, Remote System Explorer, Subclipse, Egit), dnsmasq, and Drush.