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Sending SMSes from Python

    6 minute read     Technology

In yet another article in the series of ‘playing with Python’, today we’re looking at sending text messages! In Australia, Telstra allows you to evaluate and develop with their API services for free, up to a limit of 1000 SMS per month and at most 100 in a single day.

2018 in review

    3 minute read     Personal

Whenever I look back at the recent past, I often forget a lot of the things I’ve done, or gloss over them in my thoughts and don’t give them the personal significance they really deserve. Consequently, I thought I’d make a summary post of some of the different things I’ve done in 2018 to remind myself of some of what...

Setting up Jenkins in AWS

    7 minute read     Technology

This is a bit of a follow-up post related to my earlier one about setting up AWS and Jekyll. In this instalment, I set up a Jenkins server to automate building and deploying my Jekyll blog. Overview AWS provides some great documentation on how to set up a Jenkins build server (click ‘Get Started with the Project Guide’). However, the...

Push notifications with Python

    5 minute read     Technology

Recently, I’ve had an interest in using push notifications to keep me updated. These are extremely common nowadays, but they’re surprisingly difficult to implement as a hobbyist. I wasn’t opposed to installing an app on my phone or laptop, but I did want whatever service I picked to be reasonably low-cost and easy to use.

Email on your own domain

    6 minute read     Technology

In the last few days I’ve wanted to set up a domain for myself where I can host this blog and also get emails. The simple solution to the hosting problem is to buy a domain and set up S3 static serving as I discussed in an earlier post. However, the email problem presents a few more traps.

Selling on eBay

    8 minute read     Personal

Recently I’ve tried my hand at selling some of my old electronics on eBay. While I’ve frequently purchased items from eBay in the past, I’ve not yet used it to sell anything. As a result, it was a bit of a new experience for me. Thankfully, what I was selling was pretty straight-forward and I was fortunate that I could...

AWS and Jekyll

    11 minute read     Technology

This first post will detail some of the steps I went through to set up a working Jekyll-based blog hosted on Amazon S3. The steps will be messy and some details might not be correct - I apologise in advance for these. I would like to go through my own instructions again from scratch with a clean setup to check...