I will say AWS isn’t so bad once I learned how to use it. I think its console is an abomination (the fact that you can’t get a list of every *thing* you control on AWS is absurd, they obviously have that list since they bill you for it) but the actual services are nifty
Like I really enjoy that I can set up a S2 instance (basically like my beloved Virtual Private Servers of old, only they bill by the hour)and the path is automatically populated with the AWS command line credentials so I can integrate immediate w other services
I’m still not convinced that this is any *better* than just ranting a f*cking private server and installing the things I want to run remotely in it
I know AWS is supposed to help you manage overloading services too much/cycle your stuff down so you don’t get charged when it’s not in use

But it seems like there’s a HUGE excluded middle of use cases, which I fall squarely within
By which I mean:
1) for the purpose of furthering my career, I can afford probably up to $15-20 a month for a server, and if things got intense, like I was hosting an actual app, I could pay a bit more
2) AWS used the way I intend will probably involve 3-5 services costing $15/mo
So that’s fine and all, but there’s always the concern of “what if I get DDOSed” or “why exactly is it even better to run all of these things separately” so it feels like in a lot of ways that
3) a virtual private server from Linode would suit my needs better; HOWEVER
4) nobody hires people with experience in Virtual Private Servers these days, and they do hire people with experience in AWS
(I mean, yes, VPS is being a “systems administrator” so that’s a sort of experience, but I’m aiming for data science and software development jobs, which list AWS but not systems administration)
It seems like the actual deal is AWS is great for someone who needs exactly one service, like a Linux server they spin up very rarely for calculations, or a database they want cloud access to; but it’s much less ideal for someone who kinda medium uses a bunch of stuff
By which I mean when I had a Linode VPS I paid $20 a month for a setup on which I hosted a forum that averaged 20-30 users daily, the backend databases it relied upon, two parallel blogs and a personal website, and also I used the VPS for coding and experiments
Every one of those functions as a separate service on AWS would cost way more than $20, and my usage rarely dropped low enough that using just AWS for the most variable elements of it (like traffic to the forum and blogs) would have made much of a difference

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