I have a small, low-cost, VPS that I use for some "grey-beared-Unix-guy shell stuff": basically, hosting a Debian running a XMPP bot, keeping long lived shell sessions with tmux under intermittent connections, reading feeds with newsbeuter (so I can keep my reading synchronized between home and work machines without resorting to Google Reader, etc.), some random note-taking with vim, and tunnelling out some connections over SSH (I have sshd running on port 443 for this).
Since my subscription is about to expire, I'm thinking about migration this server to Amazon EC2 (as they have a free-tier now and I think I fit them).
- I have zero experience with Amazon services or EC2; Never used any of them.
- Can I run this environment on the VMs they provide?
- The "micro" instance seems to fit my needs, running full time and still in the free tier for a year. It this ok?
- Is there any hidden cost I failed to notice?
- Is there someone using this approach?