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AWS - Request Limit Exceeded

We are using Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosting our little project Friended.com. Today, we are down for quite some time. I will be able to know how long the outage took place once Friended.com is back online again, thanks to Pingdom monitoring service. As of this time 5:41pm EST AWS Service Health Dashboard (http://status.aws.amazon.com/) status for North Virginia delays or not accessible.
Amazon CloudWatch (N.Virginia) - Delays is CloudWatch metrics for RDS, ELB and ElasticCache since 12:03 PM PDTAmazon Elastic Compute Cloud (N.Virginia) - Degraded EBS performance in a single Availability Zone since 10:38 AM PDT, still posting updates ...Amazon ElasticCache (N. Virginia) - ElasticCache Cache Nodes experiencing connectivity issues in a single Availability Zone since 11:39 AM PDT ...Amazon Relational Database Service (N. Virginia) - RDS Database instances are experiencing connectivity issues in a single Availability Zone since 11:03 AM PDTAWS Elastic Beanstalk (N. Virginia) - Elevated …

Managing your iCloud Storage

This is a how to guide to manage your iCloud storage. In my situation, I am using a number iPhone's, iPad, and iPod for our family iCloud's account, and I have 20Gb of paid storage ... still not enough. We are using the iCloud storage for sharing pictures within our family. We don't need to backup the email because it is already in the Cloud using Google Apps (see reference below).

Here's what to check using your iPhone, similar approach for iPad and iPod.

In your iPhone, tap "Settings", scroll down to see the iCloud setting.Tap "iCloud", here you can turn OFF the following if you don't need them. I turn off Mail, because my email is already in the cloud. I keep my Contacts ON for now. I turn off my Calendars (this is part of my email cloud). I turn off my Reminders, Safari, Notes, Passbook (I will get back to this setting if I will use this in the future). I turn ON Photo Stream for family to shares our pictures. I turn off "Documents and Da…

Using Office365 for your Printer Scan to Email functionality

I've searched the Internet if someone successfully use the Office365 Microsoft Exchange Online without the use of TLS and SMTP Authentication. I found nothing, so I've decided to write this article so other administrators will benefit and save time. Hopefully give me credit of saving their precious time :)

Office365 (Microsoft Exchange Online) a cloud based email powered by Microsoft Exchange Server with running latest version. SMTP Authentication and TLS protocol are required for your printer to scan and email the result to your corporate intended recipients.


I've tested the SMTP Authentication and TLS settings using Toshiba eStudio printers, and works like a charm. It took a while to configure but it works. See the captured configuration.

I enabled SMTP Client with all certificate without CA, the SSL/TLS as STARTTLS (this is the key to make scan to email using Office365 to work).

My SMTP Server Address is pod51018.outlook.com. Microsoft recommend that you check your SMTP…

Friended.com using Pinboard.

Friended.com is a small project using Pinboard theme from Themify.meFriended.com is a free service to create your own website, news or media, blog or journal website, Art Gallery, Pinboard like Pinterest looking site, and Photo Sharing community. Pinboard theme is an excellent choice compare with other "pinterest" like themes out there. Here's the advantage of using Pinboard theme.
Feature includes infinite scroll, this means other posts is loaded automatically.The auto stacking layout works perfectly and responsively using your desktop, iPad, iPhone or any other smart phone devices. You don't need to use other plugins or customize your website.Multisite integration support which enable users to sign-up. See Friended.com website for the live-demo of multi-site version. And the current version has room for improvement. I discovered other features that can be very useful to be included on their next update. Here's a recommendation.
Integration of comment using …

WordPress Permalinks not working

It took a while for me to solve this issue. I moved my small project Friended.com from GoDaddy 4GH hosting to AWS Amazon, then the permalinks stop working. I research, read, research and keep on searching, but can't find any information to resolve it.

Oh well, it took 6-8 hours of non-stop searching to fix the "wordpress permalinks not working".
In my new AWS Amazon hosting, I need to change the AllowOveride All, (from AllowOveride None). Restart the web service "service httpd restart".
Viola my wordpress permalinks start working ... come check it out, sorry for my shameless advertising please visit Friended.com website.

Moving WordPress to Amazon EC2

I decided to move my small project from GoDaddy 4GH Hosting to Amazon EC2 using their micro instance.

Here's how I did it.

I am an existing Amazon customer, so I decided to use the same email address and password to access AWS Amazon. I am using Amazon S3 for backup, and use my account to buy books.

In EC2 Dashboard, you will see "Launch Instance" to initiate your first server at Amazon cloud.I've used the Classic Wizard to launch  the setup, click continue.In choose an AMI, you have the option to select from the Quick Start, My AMIs, Community AMIs, and Marketplace. For this guide, let's use Amazon Linux AMI 2012.03 package, it includes Linux 3.2, AWS tools, and repository access to multiple version of MySQL. I click Select 64 bit to proceed.Select Launch Instances, availability zone, select default no preference, then click Continue.In Key, I simply use my domain name, click Continue.Select "Create a new Key Pair" using your domain name for simple manag…