How Opal saves me money

· Travel

Sydney is currently rolling out a new contactless smartcard ticketing system across its public transport network. The trial launched in December 2012 on ferry services and started rolling out to trains and buses in 2013.

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How Opal saves me money

Reserving your Entrée before you fly on American Airlines

· Travel

American Airlines now allow all First and Business class passengers to pre-order their meals before their flight between 30 days and 24 hours prior to their scheduled departure.

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Reserving your Entrée before you fly on American Airlines

Amazon EC2 speed and latency from Australia

· AWS, Tech

I recently had a requirement to provision an application within Amazon EC2. The web based application was going to be accessed primarily by Australian users, and as a result I wanted to know which of Amazon’s 7 public regions would be likely to provide the lowest latency for users accessing the application.

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Amazon EC2 speed and latency from Australia

F5 BIG-IP health checks and HTTP errors

· Tech

When a web site or application becomes too large to run on a single server, it’s frequently placed on multiple servers with a load balancer in front of them to spread the load and also to remove faulty servers from the pool.

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F5 BIG-IP health checks and HTTP errors

The insecurity of security questions

· Tech

This morning I discovered that one of my favourite bands had released a new album. As a loyal fan looking for some new music to listen to on a Friday in the office, I promptly clicked “Buy Album”.

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The insecurity of security questions

Clearing the local DNS cache on OS X Lion

· Tech

As someone who works in the hosted services industry, I frequently need to access web sites or other systems that are in the midst of a DNS change.

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Clearing the local DNS cache on OS X Lion

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