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Hosting a static site at S3

Subtitle: especially when your domains are registered at Hover.

It was recently brought to my attention that different people have different definitions for the term “Lifetime”. As such Joyent notified me that my “Lifetime” hosting plan was been terminated and I had 76 days to move my websites before they pulled the plug.

Now, I’m a man of limited needs, particularly when in comes to website hosting. I just have a handful of static sites a couple of DNS settings that I need to find a new home for. And after eight some odd years of no monthly hosting bill I was reluctant to sign up a $20/mo. Mediatemple plan or similar. 

So on the off chance that this is useful to one other person, here’s what I did. 

  1. Transfered all my domains to Hover. Hover has this great “Valet” transfer service where you give them your credentials at your registrar and they do all the dirty work. Sounds great, right? Well, the never called my back so I ended up transferring everything myself. Still not *too* painful though. And Hover has a friendly interface for fairly robust DNS management so I could handle all of those shenanigans there as well.  
  2. With my vanity urls pointed at tumblr and google apps again I just needed to find a new host for my static sites. AWS S3 FTW. 
  3. First, I Signed up for AWS and set up an S3 bucket to host a static site. Like so.
  4. Then I uploaded my site to S3. Coda 2 supports uploading to S3 directly. So that’s nice.
  5. With Hover, I pointed my domain + www to S3 via a CNAME. My biggest mistake of this whole party was copy & pasting the S3 bucket’s endpoint without looking too closely, I initially had the http:// and a trailing / in there. This seemed to break things. Removing those fixed it.
  6. Set up a redirect with Hover to point my ‘naked’ domain (ie without www) to the domain + www, that in turns point to S3. Serious question: Is it a problem that this is a 302 redirect and not a 301?
  7. Opened a beer and basked in my success. (AKA waiting for things to break)
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parislemon:

thedailywhat:

First Look of the Day: Daniel Day-Lewis channels the Great Emancipator for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, in theaters November 9 — just in time for awards season.
Entertainment Weekly offers a peek on set:

There are numerous reports about Day-Lewis attempting to fully immerse himself in the mindset of someone who lived during the mid-1860s by avoiding the trappings of 21st — not to mention 20th — century life during the shoot, but Spielberg says his star never delved so deeply into character that he refused to acknowledge the modern world.
“Daniel was always conscious of his contemporary surroundings,” Spielberg says. “Daniel never went into a fugue state. … All that stuff is just more about gossip than it is about technique.”
People on set did refer to the actor as “Mr. President,” including Spielberg, but the director says that was just part of the effort to maintain atmosphere. “I was calling [all] the actors by their character names,” he says. “That was something I felt was important to establish a little authenticity, maybe even more for me than for them.”

[bleedingcool]

The image is amazing. Undoubtedly, the film will be as well.

parislemon:

thedailywhat:

First Look of the Day: Daniel Day-Lewis channels the Great Emancipator for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, in theaters November 9 — just in time for awards season.

Entertainment Weekly offers a peek on set:

There are numerous reports about Day-Lewis attempting to fully immerse himself in the mindset of someone who lived during the mid-1860s by avoiding the trappings of 21st — not to mention 20th — century life during the shoot, but Spielberg says his star never delved so deeply into character that he refused to acknowledge the modern world.

“Daniel was always conscious of his contemporary surroundings,” Spielberg says. “Daniel never went into a fugue state. … All that stuff is just more about gossip than it is about technique.”

People on set did refer to the actor as “Mr. President,” including Spielberg, but the director says that was just part of the effort to maintain atmosphere. “I was calling [all] the actors by their character names,” he says. “That was something I felt was important to establish a little authenticity, maybe even more for me than for them.”

[bleedingcool]

The image is amazing. Undoubtedly, the film will be as well.

(Source: thedailywhat)

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How Apple describes themselves at the bottom of each press release.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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justinwatt:

In enterprise, Apple is David. The Goliath in enterprise that is Microsoft wants Apple’s market in mobile enterprise. Apple hasn’t entrenched itself nearly deep enough in enterprise. Microsoft has the ability to successfully corner the mobile enterprise market just as it has with the desktop enterprise market. Goliath is bringing the Surface to the table and inside of the enterprise market, it has a fighting chance of succeeding. Outside of enterprise, I think it’s a different story. I think the Surface will fail miserably, but that’s another post I intend on publishing later this week.

(Source: justinwatt)

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"In each case, we have resources that were once dedicated to advertising instead being used to enhance a customer’s experience, and proving far more beneficial both to the customer and the business. Traditional advertising grew up in an industrial age world dominated by mass-manufacture and products. As we shift into a connected age built on services and customer relationships, savvy businesses are those that recognize money is best spent not cramming messages down people’s throats, but tirelessly figuring out how to enhance the service experience"

Why UX is better marketing than marketing : peterme.com

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mrgan:

Thought for the day: the wise designer knows to use Neutraface very carefully, and the wiser knows to always use Neutraface No. 2.

mrgan:

Thought for the day: the wise designer knows to use Neutraface very carefully, and the wiser knows to always use Neutraface No. 2.

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"When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again."

—  Ernest Hemingway, in a terrific 1958 interview with George Plimpton

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When someone cancels a meeting at the last minute and I find myself with an unallocated hour, I’m like

runningastartup:

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The new job title of “Growth Hacker” is integrating itself into Silicon Valley’s culture, emphasizing that coding and technical chops are now an essential part of being a great marketer. Growth hackers are a hybrid of marketer and coder, one who looks at the traditional question of “How do I get customers for my product?” and answers with A/B tests, landing pages, viral factor, email deliverability, and Open Graph. On top of this, they layer the discipline of direct marketing, with its emphasis on quantitative measurement, scenario modeling via spreadsheets, and a lot of database queries. If a startup is pre-product/market fit, growth hackers can make sure virality is embedded at the core of a product. After product/market fit, they can help run up the score on what’s already working.

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Yesterday AirBnB announced that they raised $100M at a $1B valuation. This is a huge, huge accomplishment – but a lot of entrepreneurs are probably asking how they did it. Was it their awesome design? Excellent idea? Was it their uncanny business acumen? Just dumb luck?

My Answer: Craigslist Spam!

I believe AirBnB used multiple gmail accounts to spam craigslist and grow their site to a one billion dollar valuation.

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newyorker:

Shouts & Murmurs: Honest Pinterest Boards

Stuff I Want Things I Super-Need Presents I Want You to Want Me to Have Dear Christ, Please Let These Items Go on Sale Décor for My Pretend House Seed Husks in Mason Jars Cute Crafts for Three Pounds of Waxed Acorns I Ordered Online I Am TOO Going to Keep Chickens, David When I Get an Embosser… Crushingly Expensive Ribbon For No Reason: Jean Shrimpton

- For the rest of Ann Hodgman’s honest Pinterest boards: http://nyr.kr/IJ8C4w 

newyorker:

Shouts & Murmurs: Honest Pinterest Boards

Stuff I Want
Things I Super-Need
Presents I Want You to Want Me to Have
Dear Christ, Please Let These Items Go on Sale
Décor for My Pretend House
Seed Husks in Mason Jars
Cute Crafts for Three Pounds of Waxed Acorns I Ordered Online
I Am TOO Going to Keep Chickens, David
When I Get an Embosser…
Crushingly Expensive Ribbon
For No Reason: Jean Shrimpton

- For the rest of Ann Hodgman’s honest Pinterest boards: http://nyr.kr/IJ8C4w 
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new-aesthetic:

“The Descriptive Camera works a lot like a regular camera—point it at subject and press the shutter button to capture the scene. However, instead of producing an image, this prototype outputs a text description of the scene.”
Descriptive Camera, via Tom T
(Uses Mechanical Turk to create human descriptions of photographs.)

new-aesthetic:

“The Descriptive Camera works a lot like a regular camera—point it at subject and press the shutter button to capture the scene. However, instead of producing an image, this prototype outputs a text description of the scene.”

Descriptive Camera, via Tom T

(Uses Mechanical Turk to create human descriptions of photographs.)

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beardedstudio:

Recently at Bearded we made a pretty drastic decision in terms of our web design process: we’re not creating mock-ups anymore.