• My First 4 Weeks at Linux Academy

    Today marks the 4-week mark for me working at Linux Academy. The time has flown by, and while it seems like a bit of a blur, it’s enough time to get a good idea what working at the company is like.

  • Passing the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate Exam

    During the last month or so I’ve started and continued a tradition. I want to sit all of the AWS exams, and write an overview style blog post to help people know what to expect before they arrive. It’s designed to supplement quality online training such as that provided by

  • Passing the AWS Certified Developer Associate Exam


    Back in March 2018 I sat the new Associate Solutions Architect Exam; I even blogged about it here. I already had all the associate certs but I wanted to experience the new architecture focus of the exam. I was so impressed with how AWS had improved the new test over the old one, I wanted to experience the same for the refresh of the Developer - Associate exam.

    In this article, I’ll detail my thoughts together with hints and tips on how to achieve a solid pass mark.

  • Passing the new AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Exam


    A few months ago, on the 8th of March I decided to sit the new AWS Solutions Architect - Associate exam (SAA-C01). I didn’t need to take it, I have both of the professional exams and when I pass or re-certify in those the associates are automatically renewed too. I did it because I make courses in this space and because I wanted to give something back to the community and provide data that others could use to help prepare for their exam, either for the first time, or as a recertification.

  • The power of consistency

    One thing I’ve learned over the past few years is that people in general undervalue consistency. We live in a culture of big life-changing events, new-years resolutions and have a growing need for instant gratification. Now don’t misunderstand me, big changes are great. The problem, is they very rarely stick. I didn’t really understand this until recently. I’m approaching 40, and my body isn’t able to deal with my unhealthy habits as well as it used to.

  • Ten ways this blog will let you down!

    This may be(is) the seventh time I’ve restarted this blog. I want to blog but I can’t seem to make it stick. I’ve tried doing it ad-hoc and failed, I’ve tried doing it for monetary rewards but gave-up. I even tried making it a regular habit– but it didn’t happen regularly.

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