Amazon EC2 provides a great way to rent processing power in the cloud and Spot Pricing gets you great pricing by bidding on spare capacity in the cloud. Quite often I find myself wanting to run some processing load but find it hard to immediately see which region is cheapest at that given time. So I knocked up a quick script to give me the info in a handy table.
You can see the current cheapest Amazon EC2 spot prices here
No sooner had I released my reCaptcha plugin for YOURLS than somebody asked me to add support for Solve Media captchas. I hadn’t heard of this before but it’s a captcha combined with advertising which means you get paid for users completing captchas.
I have now updated my plugin to support Solve Media and you can get it from the GitHub downloads page.
YOURLS is a great little PHP script for running your own short URL service like bit.ly or tinuyrl.
Unfortunately public YOURLS installations are a prime target for spammers looking for a way to cloak their spammy links and make them harder for other sites to recognise as spam. Out of the box (and by design) YOURLS doesn’t have any spam protection as the developers prefer to focus on the core functions and leave extra functions to the rather excellent plugin architecture.
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