Bad workmen – a Terraform Lambda deployment story

You know the old adage of “a bad workman blames their tools”? Well, guilty as charged… When I built my AWS-cardspotter project with Terraform, the main goal was to learn Terraform, which I had no/limited/not-enough experience with at the time. Looking back at that initial deployment (it’s awful, please don’t judge me, or use as […]

AWS CLI – MFA with aws-vault – making it seamless

Oooof! That’s a long title, but I realised after last post (did you miss last episode? catchup here) that whilst the post covered all the technical requirements for getting aws-vault operational, it missed some steps to truly integrate with your current workflows, without introducing additional cycle. So without additional pre-amble, introducing…… credential_process=…. As it’s name […]

A Northern Geeks trip, well, nowhere

It’s hard to judge time given current non-technical ongoings, but it’s (about) a year since the “A Northern Geeks trip…..” series stayed close to home. That was the inaugural BSides Newcastle, and somehow it came time for the 2020 edition. Which brought about some changes; firstly, C-19 forced the organising team to abandon some amazing […]

[Project] AWS-Card-Spotter – Terraform deployment

tl;dr – this project can now be deployed automatically with a Terraform script Last project update, I introduced my project to leverage AWS resource to identify if pictures uploaded to an S3 bucket might contain images of credit cards, and in turn need special handling under an organisation’s PCI DSS processes. And it worked! But […]

echo "fat" | sed s/a/i

I’m a geek (no surprises there), and thanks to too many hours hunched of the keyboard in the dark coding away into the small hours I’ve come to resemble the stereotype; overweight, four-eyed and (preferably) in black. I always assumed that this was me, and was happy with that; but towards the end of last summer there appeared to be an increase in geeks and hacker-types pushing to get fitter: Hackerrun came and went, and a couple of my clients participated in a local 10k run. So I thought I’d see what all the fuss was about and join in.