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.

gaming

Google Stadia: The Cloud and the Client

My earliest network gaming experience was playing Netrek in a campus computer lab. The game was played on UNIX workstations with up to sixteen simultaneous players. It was incredibly fun. It was also terrible for the local…
Michael Ellis
November 26th, 2019
Half opened Laptop in dark

Building a AWS Headless CMS

This article is one of Metal Toad's Top 10 React JS Tips. Enjoy! Over the past several years, Metal Toad has launched several successful cloud-first web and mobile applications, often with hardware components. With each…
Tony Rost
November 26th, 2019
pc, phone, and headphone

How-to Solve for Your Windows Update Hanging/Failing

Since this is IT, first things first: Have you tried turning it off and on again? Ok, if you’ve already tried the basics and your Windows 10 or Server 2016 is still failing to update, these next steps might help you close…
Tyler Roberts
November 26th, 2019
watercolor paints

What does a day in the life of a Creative Director look like?

I recently had the opportunity to meet with a first year graphic design student and talk about what a day in the life of a Creative Director looks like. The goal of the conversation was to help give him context for his…
Corinna Gelster-Borgardt
November 26th, 2019
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Blacks in Tech:Initial Thoughts/Review

Blacks in Tech is a group that helps cultivate a community amongst African Americans within the Tech space as well bring about important conversations on diversity and inclusivity in the Tech industry. I had the opportunity…
Shaquille Sumner
November 25th, 2019
black shoes and orange arrow on the ground

Why Metal Toad is so Special for Interns

As an intern, what are you looking to gain? A better resume? Experience? A portfolio piece? More connections? Paid for your time?  To me, the most important thing was Experience. Working in a completely unfamiliar field…
Saki Niwayama
November 25th, 2019
NACV

How can the Internet of Things apply to the Trucking industry - I’m glad you asked...!!!

A colleague just recently attended the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) fleet technology show, and sent me pictures of the 2020 model commercial trucks. While it might surprise some folks given my role at Metal Toad…
Steve Lopez
November 23rd, 2019
Inside of Machine

Predictive Maintenance with Machine Learning and IoT

Maintenance of machinery is vital in all industries.  Not only does maintenance cost time and money, but improper maintenance could lead to inefficient performance or potentially be a safety hazard depending upon the purpose…
James Simshaw
November 22nd, 2019
Two hands typing laptop

How Insperity made Metal Toad's Remote-First Work Policy possible

Recently, Metal Toad announced its Remote-First Work Policy.  This idea of working remotely and sourcing staff from around the United States created some interesting challenges for Metal Toad which needed to be addressed…
Bob Fiorella
November 21st, 2019
Machine Learning

A love letter to Machine Learning

Machine learning changed my world, and it started with an Uber ride. I have air travel down to a science: laptop/tablet/smartphone in a separate bin from shoes and jacket, nothing in my pockets, 22 inch carry-on only for…
Julie Scott
November 20th, 2019
Los Angeles City skyline with palm trees

The Battle for Cloud dominance in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a massive metropolis.  While only #18 by population - with a mere 18.7 million people - Los Angeles is 3rd in the world in GDP with over a trillion of dollars produced annually. With numbers like that it's no…
Joaquin Lippincott
November 18th, 2019
Streaming fail

Lessons from Disney+ Launch

We have been waiting, like many people, for the launch of Disney+.  We were genuinely disappointed by the outages and management issues that were covered so widely in the press.   From our perspective, the outages could…
Nathan Wilkerson
November 15th, 2019

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