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Friday, December 11, 2009

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I'm guessing he's a climatologist.

4 Comments:

Blogger Largo said...

Would you be interested in splitting the cost of a virtual machine running in the Amazon cloud?
- Largo

6:01 AM  
Blogger ManiaC Provost said...

I might be tempted, but I'm unemployed and homeless right now. Are there really economies of scale in that sort of thing? Seems like you could get a virtual machine with half the specs for half the price, since it doesn't really exist. But then you have pricing schemes to deal with.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Largo said...

Sorry to hear that your homeless. Been there myself, to some degree.

No way to do it with half the specs. Amazon S3 storage services scale beautifully. About ten cents per GB per month is good, and even with that I think smaller usage is charged pro rata.

But as for running a virtual machine, the fee is hourly, and restarting the machine five times within one hour incurs a five hour charge. Reboots are free, but every powerup counts as a minimum of an hour.

What is lovely (though far beyond my needs right now) is that you can have an unlimited number of virtual machines -- tens, hundreds, thousands -- in a suspended state (no running charge and minimal storage fee, see above) that can be activated in seconds as a backup to another machine going down, for load balancing, etc.

If I can justify getting one later, I will let you know. If you would like to run some processes on it, it may be worth my while for a few pennies, or just for the practice of setting something up for you. (My interests are somewhat similar to yours perhaps. Mainly, I would like to have my own tombstone server, ala Neil Stephenson.)

Condolences on your legal hassles, BTW. Sounds like it was a bitch. What sort of engineering to you do, anyway?

8:16 AM  
Blogger ManiaC Provost said...

I'm supposed to be a mechanical engineer, but since I've never actually had a job I guess I'm nothing. Well, it only took me 10 months to find a job last time, but then I had money saved up. Tomorrow I'm applying at Fry's electronics.. don't really have any hope, but since everything I used to own was from there, maybe I can get an employee discount or something.

10:59 AM  

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