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Optimal sizing in Azure

More a personal note. Regular website sizing (normal traffic, fronted with CloudFlare and Azure) compared with active use (voting/ballots and interaction).

The website is all WordPress on LAMP – so RAM and disk writes are key for the voting.

Normal use: B2ms – 2 vCPU, 8GB RAM

Surge use: E16s_v3 – 16 vCPU, 128GB RAM

Planning around this – and it’s a few extra dollars per month.

COVID week 42 – Dec 28 – Jan 3

New Year and weekend – entering the New Year with some hope that the multiple vaccines will slow and eventually eradicate the pandemic. All signs from the US are that distribution is being botched.

Weekend numbers from The Seattle Times – cases have decreased (yay!) and deaths seem to have peaked. Hospital beds are >85% utilised which is a big concern.

Thursday – looking back at the first year of Coronavirus: 83M reported, positive cases, 1.8M deaths. That curve isn’t slowing down. Data from JHU


US data shows a more pronounced jump since November. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year…


Wednesday – vaccination is slow in the US.

Tuesday – When the history of Covid and 2020-202? is written, there will be a lot said about how the US responded. Reading today that 40M+ Americans are behind in mortgage, car and credit card payments. Those payments all become due in mid 2021.

Monday – Already writing about 2021 – soon this will be a full year of working from home, school from home. The disruption to normal life has been immense. The loss of life, livelihoods and the elimination of societal norms will be here for a long time. UK, US and around the globe new cases are reaching new peaks. 41,385 new positive cases in the UK, NHS warns of collapse.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
28 Dec here here
29 Dec here here
30 Dec here here
31 Dec here here
1 Jan here here
2 Jan here here
3 Jan here here

COVID week 41 of lockdown – Dec 21 – Dec 27

Christmas and Weekend – The UK mutation is everywhere; reported by the UK because of good virus genomics teams. Some delays in reporting new numbers because of Christmas and the weekend – but Washington State continues to look bleak. Graphics from The Seattle Times.

Thursday – Call for whole of England to move into Tier 4 immediately. Almost 40k daily cases in the UK. Lots of breaking the travel ban happening.

Wednesday – 1M vaccines given in US so far.

Tuesday – UK positive cases up by 18k!


Monday – slight dip in WA case numbers – which is encouraging. Massive spikes in the UK. More vaccines arriving.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
21 Dec here here
22 Dec here here
23 Dec here here
24 Dec here here
25 Dec here
26 Dec here here
27 Dec here here

COVID week 40 of lockdown – Dec 14 – Dec 20

Weekend – UK U-turns into severe lockdown for London and SE. I can’t find the words to understand the last minute “escape from London” mentality – as folk try and beat the deadline.

Numbers from The Seattle Times again – format changed up a little.

 Starting on Dec. 21, we will not have this daily COVID-19 graphic in our Monday print edition, as the state Department of Health will no longer be reporting coronavirus data on Sundays. Data on Mondays will now incorporate the case and hospitalization counts from the previous day.

Friday – UK looks to be in the grip of a more transmissible mutation. Rt increases. Hoping the vaccines still effective – but runaway cases.

Thursday – Oh UK – your cases and hospitalisation is picking up again. From The Guardian.


Wednesday – UK reporting COVID mutation, with unknown results against the various vaccines. WA changes guidance on school re-opening – perhaps January/February?

Tuesday – NHS under extreme pressure. UK cases pick up again, after peaking and declining. First vaccines in Seattle given at UW. This certainly feels like the end of the beginning.


Monday – first vaccines have been given in the US. It’ll be a year and more to vaccinate the US or the UK. Sandra Lindsay will be the answer to a trivia question in the future.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
14 Dec here here
15 Dec here here
16 Dec here here
17 Dec here here
18 Dec here here
19 Dec here here
20 Dec here here

COVID week 39 of lockdown – Dec 7 – Dec 13

Weekend – it’s Saturday and the graph from The Seattle Times is grim reading. Average number of positive cases >3000 per day for a few days. Positive cases >12.5%. We were doing so well. Is this “mask and isolation and lockdown” fatigue – or just the follow on from Thanksgiving where it seemed like everyone travelled.

Friday – Hanukkah, Christmas – following on from Thanksgiving. Flu season. Lots to be really concerned about. Vaccines are being approved. Vaccines are being withdrawn for more testing.

Thursday – US recordbreaking deaths – 3000 in one 24 hour period.

Wednesday – The US cumulative cases curve isn’t slowing down..


Tuesday – UK starts vaccinations. The beginning of the end? Perhaps. More closures and restrictions to come. Margaret Keenan, William Shakespeare first and second on the NHS.

Monday – week 39. Is this still “lockdown” – yes. It’s been nine months of social distancing, working from home, near zero normal social activity (football, movies, eating out). What we have done has been just us, masks on, six+ feet apart.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
7 Dec here here
8 Dec here here
9 Dec here here
10 Dec here here
11 Dec here here
12 Dec here here
13 Dec here