Requested an Invite to Google Inbox

I just sent an email to inbox@google.com for an invitation to newly minted Google Inbox. I really would like to write a review of it. We’ll see how soon will I get it. I heard it’s hard to get by. Google is touting Inbox as a trend that will change email forever. It’s a way of organizing and prioritizing with important and relevant email. I would love to get my hands on it.

My Next Phone Is?

My phone contract is coming up this month. It’s time to think about the next phone. There are many choices to consider. There is Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus along with its Apple Pay. Then there’s the new Google’s Nexus 6 and the slightly older Nexus 5 model from last year. One thing I am seriously considering is lowering my monthly payments to affordable levels. I’m targeting perhaps around $50 for monthly payments. The only way I can achieve this is to purchase an unlocked phone to go along with T-Mobile’s prepaid plans. So, the iPhone 6 is definitely out of the question. The Nexus 6 is very tempting, but the price tag of $650 is both disappointing and discouraging. So, that leaves me with last year’s Nexus 5. An unlocked Nexus sells for $399. This might be my next phone. I’m still looking around for other options. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

Spin a AWS server from a disk image

I was able to successfully create an AMI (Amazon Mirror Image) of the Laravel server that I just created. I launched it and it worked perfectly. Creating an image from a running instance is quite easy. Just go the EC2 Dashboard. Select Instances and choose the Instance you want to clone. Go to Actions and select Create Image. It takes several minutes to create an image. Once the AMI is created, you can launch another instance using the AMI that you just created. It took close to 3-5 minutes before the server was able to serve Laravel page that was recently installed. In the future, if I want to launch a clean Laravel install, I can just launch an instance based on the AMI I just created.

Install LAMP using TaskSel

An alternative way to install a LAMP server in Ubuntu is to use the Tasksel utility. Make sure Tasksel is installed by installing it first via apt-get. Once tasksel is installed, you can then install the lamp-server.

# install tasksel
sudo apt-get -y install tasksel
# install lamp server
sudo tasksel install lamp-server

iPad Mini 3

Will you get the latest iPad mini 3? A few experts are saying to not bother! The argument is basically, it’s the same device as last year’s iPad mini 2, with just one notable exception. It has additional hardware for Apple Pay. Other than that, it’s the same hardware as last year, the same design, the same screen and the same cameras. It’s not any thinner or any lighter. It has the same graphic and processor chips. However, it’s available in gold! If gold fancies you, then spend the extra $100. Last year’s iPad mini 2 is now selling starting at $299. The iPad mini 3 retails starting at $399.