The YubiKey is a great OpenGPG smart card compatible hardware device. I use my YubiKey to store my private GnuPG key and for authenticating SSH connections. A few applications, however, don’t work with the OpenGPG card and require a file containing the key per default; Sequel Pro is one of them.
Luckily I stumbled upon an older issue at GitHub with a neat workaround using Automator in macOS.
Together with the latest GPG Suite for macOS, the configuration is not more complex than adding a line to your
This tells your SSH application to use the GPG Agent for any authentication requests. So when you run
ssh user@host, a prompt will ask you for your smart card pin instead. Awesome!
Use Automator in macOS to create a new application and configure Automator to run a shell script containing the following lines:
/Applications/Sequel\ Pro.app/Contents/MacOS/Sequel\ Pro
This post is mostly a reminder for my future self how to setup macOS, Sequel Pro, and a YubiKey to access MySQL databases using an SSH tunnel.
If you love software workflows as much as I do, you should check out my basics for deploying NPM packages using TypeScript, CircleCI v2, and GitHub Releases.
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AWS Lambda functions together with an Amazon Kinesis Stream offer a great way to process continuous information. I created an example project called Serverless Analytics to demonstrate this. You can use this as the starting point to create your very own Google Analytics clone and run it serverless and hopefully maintenance-free on Amazon.
Since a few days, Amazon provides a native way to enable Auto Scaling for DynamoDB tables! Luckily the settings can be configured using CloudFormation templates, and so I wrote a plugin for serverless to easily configure Auto Scaling without having to write the whole CloudFormation configuration.
When you use a serverless environment for your service (and you should!), chances are high you might be using the Serverless framework and may end up in a situation like me with the need to process the AWS CloudFormation Stack Output after deploying the service.
Have you ever wondered how to process messages from SQS without maintaining infrastructure? Amazon Web Services perfectly support SNS as a trigger for AWS Lambda functions, but with SQS you have to find a custom solution. This tutorial will show an experimental setup using Serverless to read messages from an SQS queue and build auto-scaling worker processes.
If you read my first article about Amazon Alexa and AWS Lambda, you already know how to deploy a custom Alexa skill using Apex. With this article, you will learn how to use the Serverless framework to deploy a function to AWS Lambda and invoke it with your Amazon Echo using voice commands.