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AWS recently announced a significant update to their associate-level operations certificate — the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate. The new version of the exam SOA-C02 is launching in beta in early 2021, and will no doubt replace the SOA-C01 after a few months.

Right now, your only option is to sit the current version. If you are thinking of tackling the SysOps in 2021 though, you might want to start preparing for the new topics, features and exam format which the latest version brings.

Details are limited right now since nobody (myself included) has sat the exam. Still, with what we do know, and how AWS handled the previous major update to the Solutions Architect Associate Exam, we can make some predictions and get ahead of the pack. …


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Full disclosure — I create online training courses for AWS, I currently have one for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate one for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Professional and a Bundle containing both. This article (I think) contains unbiased opinions & experiences, but I wanted to be clear about my perspective right at the start.

On March 23rd 2020 AWS Released a new version of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate (CSAA) exam. The exam was given a new code SAA-C02, a departure from the usual minor incremental changes to exams which AWS is known for. …


I recently bought a pair of TREZOR Model T’s not because I needed them, but as a new toy. I have some crypto currency investments and secure them via two sets of two Ledger Wallets ( you can never have too much in the way of resilience).

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I didn’t expect to use the TREZOR Model T as my primary crypto wallet, nor did I expect to like the TREZOR as much as I do. …


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Get used to these macros

Almost two weeks ago I wrote this — the start of my journey into a strict and monitored 90 day (minimum) ketogenic diet. I also promised regular and public updates. I’ve been semi-true to that goal — I’ve been doing regular updates over on twitter https://twitter.com/adriancantrill and I’ve even made my measurements spreadsheet public. What I haven’t done is blog; because blogging is hard and I really haven’t felt like doing it for a few weeks.

Weight And Fat

As it stands right now after 12 days, Ive dropped 3.3 Kg & 0.3% of fat — although at this stage since i’m using a connected scale to measure you have to assume a 2% margin of error — lets talk again in 2 additional weeks. …


This week I start a 3-month ‘test’ of the ketogenic diet

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Many fats, some proteins, wow, few carbs

I’m not unhealthy, I don’t need to lose weight — at ~90kg with a 6'4" (190cm) frame I’m pretty close to good in that department. I row 10KM 3–4 times a week, lift weights every-other-day and manage to do 30 minutes of walking in the sun on most days. So please keep in mind for the rest of this topic — either this article, or the next 3-months if you are keeping track — I’m not doing this out of a desire to lose weight. …


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As I write this is 05:43 on the morning of #triplecertmonday — when I, and a bunch of AWS/Tech obsessed friends attempt 3 of AWS’ new 3-hour specialty exams in one day.

The first — security is at 07.30 until 10.30am. The second — advanced networking starts at 11.30am and finishes 2.30pm. The last — big data starts at 3.30pm and finishes at 6.30pm at the latest.

It’s going to be a huge day — pretty nervous at this point, but if you are interested keep an eye on the A Cloud Guru publication for blog posts on each exam over the next few days and of course the #triplecertmonday hashtag on twitter for semi-live updates.

I must be ‘crazy’ — no other explanation.


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I find that my decision to quit and become a freelance content creator is very often the topic of my conversations recently — and not initiated by me!

I don’t mind telling the story — I think it helps me as much as it informs others. It gives me a chance to re-confirm my logic for doing this every time I tell the story — and so far no regrets. The conversation inevitably changes in most cases to focus on the person I’m talking too. About how much the other person wishes he or she was in a position to try it. …


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Just over a month ago I wrote on medium about quitting my full-time job. four weeks later I finished up and for the last two-weeks or so I’ve been a tech freelancer. I’m not sure how I view it yet — do I have a real job? do I run my own business? is it real?

Labelling things is hard, and I’m not sure anything really fits at the moment.

TL;dr as background for those who didn’t read my previous posts — I’m 37 and a huge tech enthusiast. I’ve worked in IT for 17 years, 10 of them in the cloud space (AWS, Azure, Google). I love learning, getting certified and mentoring others. …


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I want to start this post with statement— if it seems like this is just a ‘sales pitch’ please give me the benefit of the doubt and assume it isn't, at least until you have read it all. I’d also love it if you could share this post far and wide :) social buttons are at the bottom and you can like it on medium.

Sharing, liking and recommending helps :) please share

I’m not sure if anyone on here is aware, but I recently resigned my full time job and started making online video training courses full time (I blogged about it here). …


…and some pretty unique requirements

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Let me set the scene. I create online courses — specifically in the cloud/IT field. I work at home full-time; but also need to be able to work remotely. My workflow consists of a number of stages:-

  1. Research a topic or group of topics
  2. Create a course outline
  3. For each lesson — create the slide-based content, any code, and prepare any demos
  4. Record the lesson (screencast) — either slides+talking, or demo (recording of me creating or doing something)
  5. Edit the recordings, tidy up, and re-record if needed
  6. Generate MP4 files from the raw screen recordings
  7. Upload the MP4 to cloud storage and the learning management platform its going to be hosted on (I currently do all my work for acloud.guru

About

Adrian Cantrill

Technical Trainer, Cloud Architect, Tech, Productivity & Efficiency Obsessed wannabe minimalist.

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