13 Mar '12, 7pm
Rail Spikes: Deploying Rails on EC2:
I signed up with RightScale (and burned up 45 minutes of machine time, sorry guys!), but couldn’t do anything with the machine unfortunately. The “open SSH client” link advertised in the introductory video is actually not available, and reading the FAQ it turns out it’s only available for “direct” users (who already have an ECC account). I tried using Putty with the private key provided on the website (boy, did that involve a lot of copying and pasting!), made sure it looked exactly the same as described on Amazon’s ‘getting started’ pages, but Putty can’t parse that format; I struggled with Puttygen to make it accept and convert the private key file, to no avail (“Couldn’t load private key”), so that has been fruitless overall. Reading the various message boards google turned up didn’t solve it – I did everything like adding a newline, etc. All in all, it was mildly disap...