TIP Adding a Web Application to your Task Bar using Chrome

If you open a lot of web sites every day you will be familiar with the challenge caused by having 20-30 tabs open in a browser and navigating between the tabs, especially because there is no differentiation between a tab that runs a web app and a tab that is simply a web site you opened while performing research or just casual browsing. You could of course close a tab once you are done with it but who has the time to do that?

There is a solution to this problem: You can add your browser tab to your Desktop. HowtoGeek posted a good article on how this can be achieved: https://www.howtogeek.com/141431/how-to-turn-web-apps-into-first-class-desktop-citizens/

TIP: You can also add the web app to your Task Bar by right clicking on the Desktop and selecting “Pin to Taskbar” (Windows 10, but a similar function is available for all other operating systems).

Creating and Managing AWS Snapshots in Powershell

Creating a snapshot of an Amazon Web Services EBS volume is a simple method to back up your AWS instances. For more details on AWS snapshots make sure to read this.

Below is a Powershell script I modified to

  • Create a snapshot of all EBS volumes tagged with “AWSBackupEnabled”=True
  • Tag new snapshots with the backup date (tag=BackupDate) and “AWSBackupEnabled”=True
  • Delete snapshots older than 14 days
  • Write results to a log file
  • Send an email with the log to notify the administrator(s) that the backup has completed.

The critical difference between this script and the original found here is the use of Amazon.EC2.Model.Filter, which is used to identify the assets you are working with. Somehow I could not get this code to work

so I modified it slightly

Here is the script: