Hello! I’m Daniel. Last year, I left my cushy job at Amazon to work for myself. Since then I’ve been using this site to share what I’m doing and to document my pursuit of lifelong satisfaction and peace of mind. You can also find me on Twitter and a few other places, or you can also reach me on email.
Almost everything I know about AWS, packed into a short digital book.
This is not your typical reference book. It doesn’t cover all of AWS or all its quirks. Instead, it helps you realize which AWS features you’d be foolish not to use. Features for which you almost never need to consider alternatives.
This is a book I co-wrote with Josh Pschorr. Between us, we have worked with AWS for 15 years, including 11 years working inside AWS. We have worked on all sorts of web applications, from small projects to massive web services running on thousands of servers. We have been using AWS since it was just three services without a web console, and we even got to help build a small part of AWS itself.
If this interests you, it would be an honor for us to have you read it.
Things I Wrote
- Only Intrinsic Motivation Lasts
Why I left a $500K job at Amazon to work for myself.
- Freedom from Success
How I take risks without consequential harm from uncertainty.
- From Employee to Bootstrapper
How I prepared my finances before bootstrapping.
- Financial Independence
What if passive income isn’t necessary?
- Being a Tech Employee
How I tried to be a good one and keep my sanity.
- Emerging From The Unknown
My first 100 days working for myself.
Things I’m Making
A backend for frontend developers.
Things I Made
- The Good Parts of AWS
Almost everything I know about AWS, packed into a single short book.
- S3 Benchmark
Measure Amazon S3’s performance from any location.
- Bootstrapping Calculator
Do you have enough savings to fund your business?
Platforms I Use
My favorite platform and where I tell it like I see it.
Where I share any code worth sharing.
- Stack Overflow
My tiny contribution to this vast knowledge base.
I repost all my articles for people who prefer to engage through this platform.
- Hacker News
Where I get feedback from the hacker community.
Where I discuss things relevant to my work and other random topics.
I occasionally answer questions related to the topics I write about.
My boring professional profile.
- Indie Hackers
Where I get to talk with other independent software makers like me.
- Product Hunt
Where I submit some of the things I make.