Configuring DynamoDB VPC Endpoints with AWS CloudFormation

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VPC Endpoints on Amazon Web Services (AWS) are a service that allows you to create a private connection between your VPC and a service that supports VPC endpoints without being required to traverse a NAT device, proxy server, or other similar service. Since their launch in May 2015, VPC endpoints have only been available for connectivity to Amazon Simple Storage …

Why site blocking doesn’t work

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Recently Village Roadshow commenced proceedings in the Australian Federal Court to block customers of some of Australia’s largest ISPs (including Telstra, Optus, TPG + subsidiaries, and others) from accessing a raft of sites associated with online piracy. The court ordered the ISPs to block access to these web sites using one or more of the following steps: DNS blocking by …

Review: Heathrow Express

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Running every 15 minutes, the Heathrow Express is the fastest and certainly a most comfortable way to get from London’s Heathrow Airport into the city. Starting at T5 with a brief stop at the station serving terminals T1, T2, and T3, the trip to London’s Paddington Station takes approximately 15 minutes. From there it’s a quick tube ride to almost …

Review: Shanghai Maglev Train

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The Shanghai Maglev train whisks passengers between the Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Longyang Road station in the outskirts of Central Pudong. A journey that would take at least 30 minutes by car (without traffic) takes only 7 minutes when travelling at up to 431km/hr, making the Maglev a fast and efficient service for getting between the airport and Pudong. …

Uber scheduled rides now in Australia

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In June I reported that Uber had launched scheduled rides but at the time it was only available in Seattle. As a regular user of Uber, one of the biggest downsides I’ve found is that you need to request a driver at the time you wish to travel. While it gives you the flexibility to change your schedule, sometimes when plans …

Uber launches scheduled rides

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As a regular user of Uber, I find that one of the biggest downsides is that I still need to find and maintain relationships with drivers when I want the knowledge that someone will be ready and waiting for me when I really need a car — typically on those trips to and from the airport. For that reason I’m …

Review: Sofitel Brisbane

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Having had an extensive refurbishment less than three years ago, the Sofitel Brisbane is a stunning property in the heart of the Brisbane CBD. Located directly above Central Station, the Sofitel is only a 25 minute train trip directly to the domestic terminal or roughly about the same time by car — and with a perfectly timed train combined with …

Qantas to bring inflight Internet to Australia

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Qantas announced today that they expect to commence trials of in-flight Wi-Fi in late 2016 under a partnership with broadband services provider ViaSat. The trial will use a single Boeing 737 aircraft with a rollout across the entire domestic fleet of Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft. The service will use NBN’s Sky Muster service which provides coverage across most …