Automating secure access to AWS services

Every so often I need to open up access to an AWS service to my home IP address. Unfortunately, my IP address is liable to change when my broadband router reconnects, so I wanted to automate the process of adding my local IP to the AWS security group. I created the following shell script to do this. It will retrieve your externally presenting IP address, and then add a new rule to the security group opening inbound connections to the specified port range. If the script has been run previously, the script will first delete the previously added rule.

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So much time has gone by

I can’t believe that so much time has gone by since I last updated my blog. It feels like the blink of an eye, but I can see that it was last updated in November 2022. In that time I feel like the world has changed. OpenAI launched ChatGPT at the end of November 2022. Nowadays, I can’t imagine coding or problem-solving without the help of an A.I. chatbot. It seems like just as significant a development as the advent of the internet or the mobile phone.

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