Posts Tagged ‘review’



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 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 […]

TL;DR This is the best gadget I’ve bought in ages. It’s quick, fuss free, and comes with an excellent software bundle. Background I’ve had a bunch of flatbed scanners over the years. Earlier ones succumbed to a lack of driver support as I upgraded my desktop OS, but I’ve been using a CanoScan N670U for […]

I had some fun last year putting CohesiveFT’s VNS3 cloud networking solution onto Raspberry Pi. It gave us something to demo on at trade shows, and we could also give away Pis as part of promotions. The Pis were like geek catnip. I’ll be using Pis again for Cloud Expo Europe later this month, but […]

It’s almost 3 years since I got my HP Microserver – time for a change. 8GB wasn’t enough RAM for all the VMs I want to run, and even with an unofficial upgrade to 16GB I was running out of room. The NL40 processor was starting to show some strain too. The time had come […]

TL;DR The S4 mini is a fantastic piece of kit. The size is right, the screen is vibrant, the battery lasts, it works fine as a phone. The *only* thing I might ask for as an improvement would be a higher resolution screen. Dual SIM is very nice too. Background 2 years is too long […]

I first came across the BeagleBone when Roger Monk presented at OSHUG #18 in April 2012. It was easy at the time to write it off  as too expensive and too underpowered – the Raspberry Pi was finally shipping and the lucky first 2000 already had their $35 computers whilst the rest of us waited for […]