Archive for the ‘technology’ Category

On my first day with Bryan Cantrill he did a wonderful (and very amusing) presentation on Debugging Microservices in Production on the containers track at QCon SF. On my second day with Bryan Cantrill we talked about Containers, Unikernels, Linux, Triton, Illumos, Virtualization and Node.js – it was something of a geekfest[1]. On my third day with Bryan […]


Southern Railway recently upgraded their train ticket buying website. The new user interface (UI) is very pretty, and I would guess it’s an easier place to buy train tickets online if you’ve never done that before. If you buy tickets frequently, and particularly if you need receipts for expenses then it’s a user experience (UX) […]


After all of the noise surrounding Apple’s special relationship with Intel when it first launched the Macbook Air the IT press have been strangely quiet about it ending[1]. Intel’s 6th generation ‘Skylake‘ Core CPUs have been out for a few weeks now, and it seems like the only machines you can buy them in come […]


I’ve been noticing that lots of the services I use online have been getting worse. My friends have been complaining too. I think I know why. A/B testing is a great way for product managers to make decisions based on data (rather than their own gut feel). But what happens when A/B testing meets the […]


TV Cable Tidy

08Nov15

TL;DR If you’re putting a TV on a modern open stand then the ancillaries and cables can make a real mess and spoil the overall look. I put a board onto the VESA mount on the back of my TV to hold everything, which then let me arrange the cables into one tidy trunk running […]


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 Anybody wanting a high spec laptop that isn’t from Apple is probably getting a low end model with small RAM and HDD and upgrading themselves to big RAM and SSD. This skews the sales data, so the OEMs see a market where nobody buys big RAM and SSD, from which they incorrectly infer that nobody […]


The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has introduced ‘software security requirements’ obliging WiFi device manufacturers to “ensure that only properly authenticated software is loaded and operating the device”. The document specifically calls out the DD-WRT open source router project, but clearly also applies to other popular distributions such as OpenWRT. This could become an […]


TL;DR Apple and Google have both launched laptops in the past few days that are both amazing and seriously flawed. If only somebody could make a machine that has the best of both worlds. MacBook The leaks were pretty much spot on, so in the end the new MacBook brought few surprises. I really want […]


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 […]