Metal Toad Blog

Learn more about the latest Media & Entertainment industry and AWS trends from the Metal Toad blog. If you prefer to browse by category, all of our posts are organized under the help section.

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What is Clubhouse?

By now you've probably heard about Clubhouse, the hot new social app. While I'm sure many of you are already on the inside, perhaps even hosting your own events, I've learned a few things since I joined that you might find…
Joaquin Lippincott
February 24th, 2021
AWS reInvent

Top 3 takeaways from AWS re:Invent 2020

Talk about going big—AWS re:Invent 2020 went virtual this year, proving just how exponentially things can scale when they happen in the
Corinna Gelster-Borgardt
February 24th, 2021
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How to Host a Website on AWS in 5 Minutes

For most casual website owners, it’s often easy to simply use a hosting provider with built in support for their CMS and integrating analytics.  However, for the curious and ambitious, hosting directly on cloud (AWS, Azure,…
Tony Rost
February 22nd, 2021
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What is Machine Learning?

Machine learning is a field of computer science where mathematical systems “learn” from massive data to adjust their internal models using linear algebra and statistics. It is not a new discipline; machine learning has…
Meghane Hardin
February 21st, 2021

Work from home forever

In March of 2020, as a joke on my Instagram I posted a photo of my dog saying he hoped nobody ever went back to work. Now almost 11 months later, it turns out that my dog may have been better at seeing into the future than I…
Joaquin Lippincott
February 18th, 2021

Difference between Defect, Error and Bug

In the testing world it is very common that Quality Engineers talk about defects, bugs and errors, during the software development life cycle. For anyone that is not into software development that much, these terms may seem…
Nadia Fornaro
February 16th, 2021
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The Year is 2031

Like many people, I woke up on January 1, 2021 ready for a reset. 2020 was a doozy, and I was ready to turn the page and get back to normal. Now almost a month into the year, the events in recent days—not only here in the U.…
Joaquin Lippincott
February 10th, 2021
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When should you use AWS Lambda?

The AWS re:Invent conference in 2020 spilled over from December into January. Originally planned for 3 weeks as a free, 100% virtual event, it ended up flowing into mid-January with more content than you could fit into a 3-…
Joaquin Lippincott
February 3rd, 2021
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Adaptability, Reinvention, and Media Security

Our CTO, Tony Rost, sat down with Senior Product Manager, Julie Scott, to talk about her key takeaways from this year’s re:Invent: organizational adaptability, Reinvention, and Media Security.
Julie Scott
January 30th, 2021
5 Things New Managers Should Know

5 Things New Managers Should Know

You're a boss! Now what? Before diving in the list, I'd like to make sure you're aware of something: just because you have an MBA or classes in management doesn't mean you are skilled enough to become an effective leader.
Marília Bedoya
January 23rd, 2021
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Consumer Electronics Show — CES 2021

We recently wrapped up the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021, and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. This was the first year we went all digital, with no in-person show or physical showroom floor. As someone who has…
Joaquin Lippincott
January 22nd, 2021

What is Quality Assurance?

If you have ever had a bad experience with a product, such as a new cell phone application or a bad food delivery, would you use that product or order for that food again? It is very common for users to uninstall an…
Nadia Fornaro
January 20th, 2021

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