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Streaming Steam games from Amazon EC2 to Steam Link over OpenVPN tunnel featuring Pfsense and VMware

Oh have I longed to write this blog post, ever since I bought a Steam Link for myself as a christmas gift I’ve been wanting to make use of it. I’m the kind of person who sometimes (a bit too often) buys stuff first and motivates the purchase later (sometimes with a bit too much infrastructure). Anyways this blog post was a starting point for me: Revised and much faster, run your own high-end cloud gaming service on EC2!

Cloud Computing Economies of Scale

Just watched a very interesting session on Cloud Computing by James Hamilton from MIX10. http://channel9.msdn.com/events/MIX/MIX10/EX01 Really interesting about why you should use cloud computing instead of buying servers. Personally I already run my personal stuff in EC2, S3 and GAE and I will not go back to running an SMTP-server in the closet. Also my ISP had a 10 day outage this summer and emails don’t like that ;)

Solving the UTC problem again and again... (Setting default time zone in JVM)

I the world of weather everything is done according to UTC and this causes problems, time zones always does. Yesterday I was debugging an error (not related to weather) in a Spring/GWT/Hibernate app where we are scheduling things. Everything works perfect in the development and test environments but as soon as it is deployed to EC2 it fails. I had a hunch that this was time zone related (EC2 servers on Ireland).