Adjusting Focus

…on our last episode.

Then, he asked a question, “Do you have any pain or discomfort, of any kind, even minor or trivial, anywhere?”

“No, nothing… but honestly, I think I slept on my shoulder wrong… but it’s probably nothing at all…”

“What kind of discomfort? Burning? Pressure? Tearing?”

“None of that,” I’d said, “It’s just a common myalgia — a muscle pain from over-use…”

And then, the very moment when I clarified where it was “…in my right shoulder…” he and I both latched onto that one, single, clue.


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AWS Service Offerings

It’s interesting how AWS service offerings have grown over the last few years. It wasn’t long ago that it was little more than a handful of DB tools and technologies, some Compute concepts, and some mass-storage services.

There are more than a few now.

So, yes, it has grown. No doubt many of the other cloud providers have their equivalent concepts and technologies that match those capabilities found in AWS.

Also, often overlooked, particularly when a month’s bill is received, is that many of those services have different billing concepts.

The current AWS offerings as of 27 January, 2020:


Application Integration


AWS Cost Management


Business Applications


Customer Engagement


Developer Tools

End User Computing

Game Tech

Internet of Things

Machine Learning

Management & Governance

Media Services

Migration & Transfer


Networking & Content Delivery

Quantum Technologies



Security, Identity & Compliance


Segue on the Ongoing Migraine Rant

…on our last episode.

It’s normal to have a fever every now and again. Your body temperature will fluctuate naturally by about a degree — 36C – 38C every single day. A bit higher before bed. A bit lower in the morning. A bit higher after exercise. And so forth. Typically, it’s no issue and often unperceived.

Sometimes, you’ll get a fever while your body fights off some viral or bacterial infections: the “common cold”, flu, strep throat, chickenpox, pneumonia; dehydration; sunburn; some kinds of medications.

We first wait it out to see if it subsides.

If it doesn’t, then we start to look for causes.

I started having a fever. Low-grade. 38C. Wait it out a few days and see how it goes. Maybe it’s a common cold. Maybe it’s flu-season (not in August). Maybe I’m dehydrated (not more than I’ve been for decades, like most of us are). I live in a desert, but I rarely go outside or into direct sun (yes, telecommuter-life), so it’s not sunburn or heat-exhaustion or (worse) heat-stroke.

Still, we’ll simply wait it out for a few days before seeking medical assistance. It rose and stayed at about 39 to 39.5C.

We went through the same initial Q-A to see if we could find a clue. Any clue…

I hadn’t been traveling or out of the country since before the fall. I haven’t been exposed to anything. I live in A/C. I only go out in the early morning or late evening.

Ah, yes, it’s the annoying — dreaded, even — “fever of unknown origin”.


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A Mile an Hour

A different way to run a marathon…

…in about a day. One mile at a time.

More here.

Probably more meaningful than the 4-ish hours that it would take me to complete and certainly more mentally engaging than the the monotony that goes along with distance running.

Now We Know Which it Is…

A week or so ago, I shared my annoyance with the inexplicable “Accessory Not Supported” alerts that I’d begun seeing on my iPad Pro 10.5.

I think I’ve finally pinned down what it was.

Of the three things that have ever been connected to it, the only thing that was connected whenever the error appeared was the smart keyboard.

That the keyboard itself occasionally wasn’t transferring keypresses was a good suggestion that it was likely nearing the end of its useful life.

Two and a half years’ of use wasn’t bad for the keyboard. Bought it new July, 2017. No doubt the failing (failure?) point was the flexible hinge. Honestly, you have to bend it every time you want to use it, so it’s not at all surprising — science hasn’t yet devised a material that would be capable, inexpensive, and robust enough to tolerate constant flexing and bending.

So, good news: I haven’t seen the error appear in a few days that I’ve been running it naked. And, in all honesty, the keyboard does make it slightly more useful, but the first creation I’d ever done with it didn’t even use the keyboard at all with the exception of typing the name of the creation — which I could have just as easily typed with the software keyboard.

I shouldn’t use this keyboard failure as an excuse to replace the lot with an iPad Pro 11.