How to use Let's Encrypt SSL certificates with Heroku and AWS CloudFront

Earlier this year, Let’s Encrypt launched, first with a closed beta and more recently, a public beta.

This is fabulous news for all concerned (except, probably, for the SSL certificate issuers that charge $$).

Not only does Let’s Encrypt let you create an entire certificate from the command line, but it’s totally free. It’s now entirely possible to automate SSL certificate generation, so worrying about renewing your cert and having to sort it out after it’s already expired (who hasn’t been there?) could be a thing of the past.

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Remote working - collaboration tools

At Talis we have a distributed team. We have people in multiple countries, in different timezones and supporting everyone is a problem we have to solve. We’re always looking for ways to improve how we go about communicating between the teams and ensuring everyone feels included.

Our latest Hackday focused on this - making it easier for remote workers to connect, not just with other remotees, but with their office-bound colleagues.

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Putting Amazon Lambda to work with Kinesis

13 February 2015

At AWS re:Invent 2014, Werner Vogels (Amazon CTO) announced Amazon Lambda. He described it as “an event-driven computing service for dynamic applications” and it’s going to change the way you think about computing resources forever!

Instead of having dedicated resources on all the time to process code (via a cron / job queue / whatever), you can now have Lambda functions execute if and only if events happen. Triggering these events is as simple as uploading a file to an S3 bucket, or adding records to a DynamoDB or Kinesis stream.

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