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View node-on-ec2-port-80.txt
## The Problem
Standard practices say no non-root process gets to talk to the Internet on a port less than 1024. How, then, could I get Node talking on port 80 on EC2? (I wanted it to go as fast as possible and use the smallest possible share of my teeny tiny little micro-instance's resources, so proxying through nginx or Apache seemed suboptimal.)
## The temptingly easy but ultimately wrong solution:
Alter the port the script talks to from 8000 to 80:
@author Bommarito Consulting, LLC
@date 20120622
Identify and, if requested, remove orphaned snapshots from an EC2 account.
# Imports
import boto
tsabat /
Created Feb 22, 2014
delete unused ebs volumes
#! env python
from boto import ec2
conn = ec2.connect_to_region('us-west-2')
vols = conn.get_all_volumes(filters={'status': 'available'})
for vol in vols:
print 'checking vol:',, 'status:', vol.status, 'attachment_id:', vol.attach_data.status
tsabat /
Last active Aug 29, 2015
rails stack from start to finish
  • create a root user >
  • Install ruby via rbenv >
  • Install phusion passenger >
  • Set up capistrano in your project's Gemfile >
  • change your nginx/default server
  • set up capistrano
  • install node >

Creating a dynamic site-to-site VPN with OpenSwan on Ubuntu 10.04 on EC2

Wes Winham

There are many tutorials floating around the web that almost get you a dynamic VPN in EC2. The goal of this tutorial is to be a one-stop-shop for this specific setup.


remove all but last 5. Run this from the releases directory.

sudo rm -rf `ls -t | awk 'NR>5'`
toretore / _etc_dbus-1_system.d_Upstart.conf
Last active Dec 15, 2015
Upstart config for running thin (or anything else, I guess) through rbenv Chances are your OS hasn't enables so-called user jobs by default and you'll have to edit the upstart config for this to work. I've included the upstart config file I've used. Upstart also won't run any user jobs by default because they won't hav been loaded into its syste…
View _etc_dbus-1_system.d_Upstart.conf
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<!DOCTYPE busconfig PUBLIC
"-//freedesktop//DTD D-BUS Bus Configuration 1.0//EN"
<!-- Only the root user can own the Upstart name -->
<policy user="root">
<allow own="com.ubuntu.Upstart" />
View cleanup_snapshots
#!/usr/bin/env ruby
# Cleanup EC2 EBS snapshots.
# Originally from:
require 'rubygems'
require 'right_aws'
View redis.markdown

Running redis using upstart on Ubuntu

I've been trying to understand how to setup systems from the ground up on Ubuntu. I just installed redis onto the box and here's how I did it and some things to look out for.

To install:

Last active Feb 12, 2018
Vagrant snippet to set VirtualBox guest CPU count to the number of host cores on Linux or OS X (broken 2018)
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gem 'concurrent'