Wednesday, September 22, 2021

To restore or to delete: Working with IBM Cloud resource reclamation

Resource management
Over the past weeks, I provisioned many resources in my IBM Cloud account. Typical to cloud computing, I also deleted and re-provisioned service instances. As part of that work, I dealt with resource reclamation and sometimes restored services or made sure they were "hard deleted", immediately gone for good.

In this blog post, I am going to give a brief overview of resource reclamation in IBM Cloud and share some tips and tricks from my experience.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Serverless Twitter Bot using IBM Cloud

A Twitterbot at work
Some months ago, I discussed cron-like scheduling on IBM Cloud. One of my personal use cases is to send out tweets. In this post, I am going to look into details, into how I implemented a Twitter bot, deployed it to IBM Cloud Code Engine, and how it is managed.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Password expiration and vacation planning

Ready for vacation: Passwords
The months of July and August are typical vacation times. Many people work with (at least mental) packing list to prepare for some time off. On my list are passwords. I can relax knowing that no password will expire when I am away. The reason is that for some systems it is a big hassle to reset expired password or accounts. Thus, I prepare accounts for vacation.

Monday, July 26, 2021

How to connect from Python to Db2

One of the recurring questions I have seen is "how to connect from Python to Db2". I have blogged about Python and Db2 a couple times before. Recently, the question has been popping up again more frequently. From my view, the increased security with mandatory SSL/TLS encryption and the use of Python-based Jupyter notebooks for data science and AI / ML projects are the drivers behind that increase. Moreover, there is Db2 on-premises and the Db2 on Cloud / Db2 Warehouse on Cloud plus container-based offerings. Today, I am trying to sort this out and answer that question. Again.... :)