Archive for the ‘review’ Category



TL;DR Accelerate is now my top book recommendation for people looking for practical guidance on how to do DevOps. It’s a quick read, actionable, and data driven. Background I’ve previously recommended the following books for DevOps: The Phoenix Project – Gene Kim’s respin of The Goal is an approachable tale of how manufacturing practices can […]

TL;DR The Planet Computers Gemini is a 6″ Android (and Linux) clamshell device with a keyboard by the same designer who did the Psion Series 5. The keyboard enables on the move productivity with things like SSH that just isn’t possible with just a touch screen. Background I was lucky enough to hear about the […]

I missed out on skiing last season as my daughter went with her school to Pila, so this was my first time back on the slopes since skiing in Andorra. Why Austria As with Andorra it was my neighbour John’s suggestion, and I went with it as it’s generally more fun to ski (and socialise) […]

I jumped into a thread on DXC Workplace[1] on the topic of headsets (for use with Skype [for Business]), which made me realise that it’s an important topic that I’ve not covered here before. Even a cheap headset is better than no headset The point made by the original author was that many people are […]

TL;DR The WiFi coverage in my house wasn’t as good as I’d like it to be, and I’ve heard lots of good stuff about Ubiquiti UniFi gear, so I’ve installed one of their Lite Access Points, and it seems to be working well. Background I first came across Ubiquiti kit as part of the bizarre […]

TL;DR I’ve been very happy with the X250 – it’s given me the same performance I got from my X230, but with better battery life, a smaller form factor and it seems more robust. Long term review I started writing this post in January not long after I got my X250, but I never got […]

The kind folk at Newark Element14 sent me a Gizmo2 dev board to try out. I’ve not been able to do much with it yet, so here are some first impressions. What is it? I’d completely missed the first generation Gizmo, and hadn’t heard of the new one until it was brought up by Brandon at Element14. […]

TL;DR I’ve been a fan of HP Microservers since the original NL36 model. When the newer Gen8 servers came to market they were a bit pricey, but the cost has come down, and cash back deals have returned. Faster CPUs, larger official memory capacity, dual NICs and remote console capabilities makes these ideal for a […]

TL;DR – The LinkIt ONE is an awesome Arduino, with a ton of great integrated peripherals, but I fear there’s too much of a gap between Arduino style development and building the next generation of connected things – though hopefully that gets covered by the forthcoming Eclipse based SDK. Introduction I was at the Web Summit in […]

I got my Lenovo X230 when I started with CohesiveFT almost 18 months ago. I’ve generally been very happy with it, but the cracks are starting to show – literally: Not as robust I’ve had a succession of ThinkPads – T20[1], T41, X60T, X201T, a loaner X220 from the good people at Bromium, and now my […]