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Drupal in the Cloud, Part 2A - Amazon's Web Services

In Drupal in the Cloud: Part 1 I went over some basic background for why I wanted to use the cloud. If you are planning on using Amazon's Web Services, or AWS, start here.

AWS is a tricky beast. Nothing is truly external, at least not without some authorization keys. I'm not going to go over signup completely, but be warned- it involves a phone call, a credit card, and your first born son. Ok, maybe not the last one, but it sure feels like it.

Once you are signed up, you'll see a bunch of services they offer. The one that we are looking for is EC2, which stands for Elastic Computing Cloud. This is essentially their "cloud server", which they refer to as an Instance.

  • From the EC2 Console Dashboard, click on the Launch Instance button.
  • There are three options to choose from, select the Classic Wizard and continue
  • Depending on your budget and needs you can select a different instance type, but for me the 613MiB RAM Micro instance will be just fine. If you have a Zone preference you can select that as well, but the Micro instances are limited to only a few zones.
  • Select the most recent Ubuntu LTS release, which is 12.04 at the time of this writing.
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Disabling HDMI Audio Passthrough in XBMC

I don't know exactly what worked, and I will try to clean this post up later, but here are the sites where I found the answers: http://ossnotebook.blogspot.com/2010/07/ubuntu-1001-maverick-on-lenovo-q150.html http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=10638836#post10638836 http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1876296 http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?s=8f341bcee7634816d4630bef9f61fd22&p=1424122#post1424122
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Auto-Mounting SSHFS at Startup

Mounting SSHFS at Startup

This tutorial was created using information from the following sites:
Connecting SSH Without Using A Password
How To Automount SSHFS Filesystems Automatically at Startup

Background
There are two reasons why I did this. The first is that I constantly move files back and forth between systems using the command line, and SSHFS is the easiest way to do it. The second is that I am connecting my XBMC's together using MySQL for the database, but thumbnail files need to stay in the .xbmc/userdata folder on each machine. This will also setup an easy rsync without having to create an SSH connection on the fly.

SSH Passwordless Login

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What I Want From Lucid

For the past few months (since 9.10) I've been running with Linux Mint almost exclusively on my desktop. The server still gets Ubuntu, and the latest re-do of the server resulted in me giving it a gui this time ;-). My secondary has Ubuntu, but ever since I found out my main machine is x64 compatible, I've been on Linux Mint 7 x64. I know, I couldn't wait for the LM 8 x64 release, and I'm not about to go with 8 while 9 is right around the corner...

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