been a leetle foggy in the cloud



Attention has become a currency now

“Attention has become a currency now, because everyone gives everything away for free.”

–Chris Hardwick

Proclaiming these annexed unto its rule accursed

But with the morrow’s dawn there came the tidings,

How that a crafty, freedom-loathing race.

Its schemes unmasked, had come from out its hidings.

And flung defiance in its Suzerain’s face.

Then on his open territories burst.

Proclaiming these annexed unto its rule accursed.

Bah humbug

I hate when this happens…

messingaroudwiththecloud@ubuntu:~$ sudo
sudo: >>> /etc/sudoers: syntax error near line 8 <<<
sudo: parser error in /etc/sudoers near line line 8
sudo: no valid sudoers sources found, quitting
sudo: unable to initialize policy plugin

Now put that keyboard away!   Merry Christmas!

HP Cloud Services Portfolio and Service Offerings Update

HP Cloud Services Portfolio and Service Offerings Update

Today we are excited to announce that HP is moving HP Cloud Compute to general availability with a Service Level Agreement (SLA), after maturing the service through a public Beta period. Additionally, HP Cloud Block Storage is moving from private beta to public beta.We are particularly grateful for your business and feedback as we build HP Cloud Services’ portfolio and service offerings.Organizations need a public cloud environment that provides a secure, enterprise-grade quality of service backed by customer support. The HP Cloud Services public cloud platform, built on OpenStack technology, provides organizations of all sizes with the confidence to run and operate cloud-based services at scale.

New features and functionality enhancements advance HP’s open, scalable, integrated Infrastructure-as-a-Service offerings:

  • The general availability of HP Cloud Compute. Starting at $0.04 per hour, the service will be offered at prices advertised on www.hpcloud/pricing, with a service level agreement of at least 99.95 percent on a monthly basis or fewer than 30 minutes downtime per month. In appreciation of your engagement through the Beta period, we continue to offer the service at a 50% discount off the list price for the month of December, through December 31, 2012. The full list prices shall apply starting January 1, 2013.
  • The advancement of HP Cloud Block Storage to public beta. Starting at $0.10 per GB per month, HP Cloud Block Storage allows users to easily move data from one compute instance to another. This high-performance, persistent storage solution is ideal for applications requiring frequent data access such as web applications. The service will be discounted 50% during the public beta period. If you are a current private beta user of Block Storage, you will not be charged for our public Beta service until January 1, 2013.
HP Cloud Promotional Public Beta Pricing
Block Storage (provisioned) Standard Pricing Promotional Public Beta Pricing
Block Storage $0.10 per GB/mo. $0.05 per GB/mo.
I/O Requests $0.10 per 1 million requests $0.05 per 1 million requests
(stored in HP Cloud Block Storage)
$0.10 per GB/mo.
(per block snapshot volume provisioned)
$0.05 per GB/mo.
(per block snapshot volume provisioned)
Volume Backups
(stored in HP Cloud Object Storage)
$0.12 per GB/mo.
(based on actual HP Cloud Object Storage used after compression)
(Standard HP Cloud Object Storage pricing – in general availability and not subject to promotional pricing)
For further details on our SLAs for HP Cloud, visit We would be glad to answer any questions you might have.Thank you for your continued support and patience while we improve HP Cloud Services. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback please contact our Support Team via email at, Live Chat from your Management Console, or by submitting a support request at HP Cloud Services representatives are available 24×7 to assist you.Regards,

The HP Cloud team

The Nineteen Steps To Get Windows Web Server Up And Running On The HP public cloud

The Nineteen Steps To Get Windows Web Server Up And Running On The HP public cloud.

Pre-requisites: You’ve gotten your Server 2008 R2 server up, running, updated. You can rdp to the desktop. You know the public IP address. If not do these 23 steps first.

If you haven’t disabled initial configuration tasks yet (the giant window on your screen) you can get started from there, but I’ll assume its not being shown at logon any more.

1. Click on the Server Manager icon on the taskbar, then on Roles and then Add Roles.

2. Next through Before You Begin…, then check Web Server (IIS) at Server Roles and Next.

3. Next past the Introduction.

4. Next past Role Services.

5. Install. Close after Installation Succeeds (about a minute).

6. Click on the Action Center (little white flag on right side of taskbar).  Click on Windows update and check for updates.  Install the 1 important update.

7. Restart now. Go pet the cat for about 5 minutes.

8. Open up a browser window, and enter your public IP address ( in this instance) in the address bar. What do you know, you see the IIS7 Welcome screen:

The Server 2008 R2 IIS Default Page

9. Server manager will have restarted, so expand Roles + Web Server (IIS) + Internet Information Services Manager, then click on WIN-NOSEBLEED (or whatever random name you got) + Sites + Default Web Site.  (I know that seems a lot longer than one step).

10. Double click on Default Document.

11. Click on index.html, then click the arrows to move it to the top of the list.

12.  Close Server Manager and click on the File Manager icon on the taskbar.

13.  Over on the navigation pane (the left), click on Computer + Local Disk (C:) +inetpub + wwwroot.

14.  Left click on the white area, then right click and New > Text Document.

15.  Edit the text document to put some minimal html in it, like:

Say hello at

then save it as index.html and close it.

Since this is a Microsoft product, any time a task risks becoming too simple and understandable it must be punished, and Server 2008 makes no exceptions to this rule.  In this case, Server will not let you change the text document you just created into an html document (i.e. change the extension).   So….

16.  Left click on the white area, then while holding down the SHIFT key, right click on it.  You should see the right key menu open with a new option, ‘Open a command window here’.  Click that.

17.  Type dir and return, and you should see a file called index.html.txt.  Type ren index.html.txt index.html and hit return.  Type dir and return again to verify the file was renamed.

18.  Go back to your browser and reload your web page to see your message on a field of white.

19.  You’re done!  You might want to take a half hour or so and learn the rest of html and css, and maybe skip a coffee break to pick up sql and e-commerce.  I can try to answer questions (you know the email) but I’m building an Airbus 380 in my garage the rest of this week…

The odds must be astronomical…I’ve used stackato, and now I see an ad for it!

What are the odds?

 How to see this blog on your kindle

Pre-requisites:  You have a kindle, registered it with amazon, and set up to use wifi.

The method that requires you to use the kindle keyboard:

1.  Press the menu button, then Experimental, then launch browser

2.  type in

The method that does not require you to use the kindle keyboard:

1.  Go to, log in and go to ‘Manage Your Kindle’.

2.  Under Personal Document Settings, note the email address for your kindle.  It will be something like

3.  Don’t use that email address.

4.  Use  This forces it to use the wifi instead of the phone network.

5.  Make sure your regular email address is listed under ‘Approved Personal Document E-mail list.  Add it if it isn’t, and anyone else you might want to get docs from. is another place you can push to kindle from.

6.  Paste that url in a text document, attach it and mail it to your kindle address.

7.  This also works for the kindle app on your android tablet.  For some reason they show up at the kindle (a few minutes) faster than at the kindle app (can be many minutes).

The 23 steps to get Server 2008 R2 up and running on the HP public cloud

The 23 steps to get Server 2008 R2 up and running on the HP public cloud

Your local computer is Win XP or Win 7,
You have gone to with your credit card and signed up for an account,
You’re familiar with using RDP to remote into another computer. Really, practice it a few times on a couple of networked local machines,
You have created a new empty text document in Notepad with word wrap unchecked.

1. Login to

2. You should be at the Dashboard (, click on Manage Servers

3. Click on Key Pairs

4. Click on Add Key Pair

5. Make up a key name. It can be short and easy to remember, it doesn’t affect key strength. Leave Public Key blank.

6. Click Create Key. It will look like this:

7. Copy the key into your new text document. A couple lines below that, type “login Administrator pw”

8. Click on Security Groups, then Add Group. Make up a name and description.

9. Start editing it (by clicking Add Rule) until it looks like this:

IP Protocol From Port To Port Type CIDR IPS Group
tcp 22 22 IPs
tcp 80 80 IPs
tcp 443 443 IPs
tcp 3389 3389 IPs
(you’ll have to imagine a world where those columns line up under the column headings)
and Save Changes (you have to save changes each time you do a row). This says that only ssh (command line), http, https and rdp can get in and out of the computer (don’t worry, you can change it later).

10. Click on Servers. Your flavor is going to be standard.xsmall (aka the cheapest)

11. Check Install Image windows box and select 2008 R2 from the menu. (R2 is Win 7 and the other two are Vista. You don’t want Vista.)

12. Click on Create and in about a minute your instance will become active.

13. Click on Connect, then paste in your private key from notepad and get the Administrator password. If it doesn’t work, the first usual reason is that you inserted hidden line feeds or returns into your private key when you saved it. The second usual reason is that it just needs a couple more minutes to finish booting. (Update:  I was getting unable to retrieve password errors after pasting in the private key until the server had been alive 4 minutes, then it worked)

14. When you get your password, copy it into your text document in the place you prepared for it after ‘pw’.

15. On the Desktop, Click on the Start Button (or is it the ‘Orb’?) and type in mstsc and hit return. (it stands for microsoft terminal services client).

16. When Remote Desktop Connection Starts, type in the public IP Address, (15.185.something.something) (HP is so old they were giving out IP’s by hand, on stone tablet, back in the day so it will always be start with a 15)

17. Under the Experience tab, select a fast speed like 10MBPS even if your connection isn’t (in XP). This is an important step. Win 7 will be set to automatic, which is fine.

17. Put Administrator for username, paste in the password, check ‘Allow me to save credentials’. Click Save As, make up a name and save it to your desktop.

18. Click on Connect. Yes, you do trust this remote connection.

19. You’re in! You’ll be looking at the desktop and the Initial Configuration Tasks screen. Windows may say it’s not activated, but in a couple minutes it will activate by itself.

20. Now you can do all the normal new install tasks. I recommend creating a 2nd administrator, installing updates, installing microsoft security essentials (free) and making friends with server manager.

21. Internet Explorer will be useless until you disable enhanced security configuration (server mgr > Configure IE ESC) but you need it to download a better browser :/

22. Don’t forget to copy the rdp.shortcut and the text document to a safe place. You will not be able recover the private key if you lose it (ask me how I know).

23. Do not create an image, terminate the instance, then expect to restore it from the image (ask me how I know).

This entry was posted on November 16, 2012. 1 Comment

Windows instances are here!

Windows instances are here!

Windows instances are here!












Cool!  And it looks like the interface has been enhanced so you can use other people’s instances.  (I don’t know about you but I’ve changed the default Unity close window icon from the upper left corner to the upper right corner enough times thank you very much)

Sorry about the lax posting but I’ve been studying for a test that requires you to know things like “The deduction for a casualty loss is the lesser of the purchase price or the fair market value, unless the property was partially used for business then it’s the lesser of the purchase price, fair market value or adjusted basis, then subtract 10% (not 7.5%) of the AGI and then subtract another $100”.  (Yes, I did type that from memory.  On the plus side, I did have…fun…this election season during political discussions whenever an incautious yearling sought to edify me on the subject of taxes).

On the down side, I’ve never actually used Win Server 2008.  Is it like XP?

Test drive HP Cloud Services with our free* trial offer

Here’s my bill so far:

Billing history for: 2012 Account ID: OU812B4I81

Invoice Date      Amount Payments Balance

10/01/2012       $1.90     $0.00       $1.90

09/01/2012       $2.90     $2.90       $0.00

08/01/2012       $2.04     $2.04       $0.00


You can see it’s not much. The key (besides a 1/2 price sale) is to terminate or stop your instances when you’re not using them. I also have a container with a short text file in it. (actually more like used to have a container – they don’t work well if you intentionally delete the key pair)

Intentionally deleting key pairs in use?  Bad idea.

Intentionally deleting key pairs in use? Bad idea.

At any rate , they’re running a great offer now for a free trial:

Test drive HP Cloud Services with our free* trial offer. What does the trial include? How about:
Up to 1,000 unit-hours/month of on-demand compute, or
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1,000 unit-hours is enough to run an XS instance 24×7 for the entire month!
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All you need is a credit card…give it a whirl.

Looks like they changed the interface…

Looks like they changed the interface...

Looks like they changed the interface… (click on Manage Servers)

Oops, looks like I created an instance and left it running…(Click on 392675)

I'll just terminate it...

Think I’ll just terminate it…(Click on Terminate)

This entry was posted on September 29, 2012. 1 Comment