Cartagena, Colombia

Continuing our journey after spending a day in Bogota, the next stop we made was in Cartagena. A friend of mine had been there few months before and this place came highly recommended by him. A quick Google image search and few minutes later, Cartagena was added to our list. We luckily got the last few bunk beds in the hostel called El Viajero. Frankly, this was one of the last available places and we had to quickly make a decision.

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Olympic National Park, WA

Hiking in the Olympic National Park was one of the first agenda items for Summer 2017. Karan had already made plans to fly to Seattle while on his trip to US and Venky, too, applied for a few days of leave. We decided on the second weekend of May which, at the time, seemed like a good time to start exploring the great Washington outdoors. Apparently weather had different plans for us.

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Bogota, Colombia

The planning for a South American backpacking trip started in early January and Chile was the first choice. In fact, Chile was the only choice at that time and we didn’t even want to consider any other options. Reality hit us hard soon enough. It turns out having an Indian passport is a big no-no for a “lot” of countries, even though, surprise surprise, all Indians don’t want to permanently migrate there to take their jobs.

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Amazon S3 operations using signed url's

Amazon S3 is one of the most popular services in AWS suite and has SDK’s available for almost all popular languages and frameworks. One core aspect of our microservice architecture at Shippable is that all services interact with a common API service which serves as the only point of contact for CRUD operations and permission resolution for all objects in the system. One important function of API is to provide credentials to any requesting microservice e.

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Camping at Gothic Basin

It was roughly the last weekend of September 2015 when me and Venky attempted Gothic Basin hike for the first time. Heavy rains and presence of just one car at the trailhead parking lot were discouraging enough for us to abandon our plans. I was longing to go to this place for more than a year now and it was time. I wanted to take it a step further and make this an overnight camping trip.

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On resolutions

It might seem like I’m a bit too late in publishing a post about resolutions but I think this is absolutely the right now. This is because the real effect/outcome of a resolution can only be evaluated after enough time has elapsed since its proclamation. Half a year is good enough time I think. Since lack of anticipation bombed my camping trip(long story), I decided to spend this fine day in a coffee shop and pen down my thoughts on the past six months.

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A New Beginning

I keep getting these moments, rather phases, where I feel like “remodelling” or “restructring” my life and stuff around me. Most of these phases usually go away with a bit of out-of-routine activities like hiking, extensive sleeping, cooking or cleaning up. Sometimes they dont and I end up with this profound feeling of changing something big around me. For me, that means devoting a LOT of time to a cause and see it through the end.

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Hike to Bandera Mountain

First hike of the season, and we decided to Bandera Mountain Turned out to be a normal hike and good one to start the season off. The trail went on a gradual pace before suddenly turning steep at the end. The awesome sights helped relieve the tiredness and we chugged along. This trail has a lot of other famous hikes like Defiance Mountain and Mason lake which we’re planning to cover this summer.

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Vegetable saute

I’ve been struggling with eating healthy food for some time now. The problem is not wanting to eat a healthy meal, it’s making it. For me, its not feasible to prepare food every day and I usually prefer to prepare enough for about four to five meals. I’m trying to cut down completely on rice, white or brown, which doesn’t make things easier because, well, because I love rice. Also, I didn’t want the ‘healthy’ stuff to be bland(or soupy) and feel like I’m having it for the sake of staying alive.

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Setting permissions on Amazon ECR repositories

Setting up permissions for images on Docker hub is pretty straightforward, which follows a simple Github-like model. Amazon (EC2 Container Registry)ECR is a great service for storing the images but setting correct permissions is slightly complicated. This is especially true when configuring user specific permissions on the images. We’ll create a few users and repos and set up repo permissions. We’ll use aws command line tool for this. Using cli makes it easier to script all the steps and automate the entire process.

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