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  1. Jane, Part three: "Plug Me In..."

    As I'm designing this virtual assistant thing, I'm realizing that I want to use a plugin architecture. I want to easily separate the varied functions (whether it be what resources get connected, like Google Calendar, Weather, etc., input and output, storage, logging, etc.) from the core processing functions of the …

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  2. Jane Project, Part Two: Data Storage

    Part One of this series went into some detail on the components that make up this virtual assistant. I've hit an interesting inflection point that I wanted to talk about. As I've been digging into this project, I've realized that how I store the data needed by, and generated by …

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  3. Jane Project, Part One

    I've been working a bit at the beginnings of this project, and I've outlined the components I'm working on in some docs, and I figured I'd go through it here.

    There are the following components to this project:

    Speech to Text

    This is the component which converts text to speech …

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  4. Joplin As Evernote Replacement

    I signed up for Evernote way back when it was a Mac only product and in open beta back in 2008. I've been a paying member pretty much since you could be a paying member. But in April, when my current subscription runs out, I'm letting it lapse, and migrating …

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  5. NetSuite and Python

    Sorry it's been a while since I've posted - but I'm working on a posting calendar, and hope to be much more regular in my posting.

    I spent quite a bit of time recently, working on trying to get data to and from NetSuite using Python. There was so little information …

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  6. Introducing Simple AWS

    I've talked about Boto3 before. Boto3 is the main SDK that most people use to connect with AWS resources with python. Boto3 itself relies on Botocore, the lowest-level interface for AWS.

    What I learned in the process of spending 2 years focused on AWS is that first, Boto3 is not …

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  7. Azure vs. Google Cloud vs. AWS Part 1

    I've been very deeply involved in the AWS cloud landscape for almost two years now, and before that, I had casually used a couple of AWS cloud resources - EC2 and S3 since pretty much the very beginning of their existence. Although I have spent far, far less time with the …

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  8. Open Source Virtual Assistants, Part One

    Many, many years ago, I was reading a science fiction novel (I no longer remember which one,) and there was a scene I still remember. The protagonist walks into her home, sits down, and says to her house, "Any messages?" The house responds with something like "You have 12 new …

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  9. Boto3 for Simple Queue Service

    There are a variety of ways python applications can talk to each other. APIs might be the most common way, but APIs have a fair bit of overhead - there has to be something there listening all the time. One other way is asychronous communication via a message broker.

    I'd not …

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  10. Boto3 for DynamoDB

    As I described in my last post, Boto3 is the higher level SDK for AWS services. One of the services I've used quite a lot is DynamoDB. DynamoDB is a NoSQL key-value store. It's a little out of the scope of this blog entry to dive into details of DynamoDB …

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  11. Drupal 8 First Impressions

    I took a break from Drupal development for about 2 years, and decided recently (largely for practical purposes) to dive back in. I had spent many years developing websites in Drupal - I started back in 2005 using Drupal 4.7, and I have developed websites on every version since, except …

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  12. gspread vs. pygsheets

    I'm doing a very cool project for OpenIssue, LLC, a company I have been connected to for a number of years. This project involves a lot of API work, including Salesforce, varied database systems, and lots of AWS resources. I expect during the course of this project to get to …

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  13. What is This Blog?

    I've been a blogger for a long time. My first blog, called "Pearlbear's blog" was started in 2002. I've had a lot of different blogs, and I currently have 3, this being the one focused on tech. I can't seem to help it.

    A long time ago I had a …

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  14. Deployment of Static Sites on S3

    Amazon Web Services "Simple Storage Service" or S3 is probably the cheapest and easiest way to serve static web content. There are 3 requirements:

    1. Your S3 bucket is set to host html content.
    2. Route 53 is configured to route traffic to your domain. (Although you could use a domain redirect …
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