Archive for the ‘technology’ Category

September 2020

30Sep20

As the family has gone back to school September seems to have whizzed by, with fewer interesting things to report on as life settles back to a weekly routine. I’ve mentioned the punctuations of comedy nights and online whisky tastings before, so there’s little new to report… Frontline Live My amazing friend Katz Kiely set […]


August 2020

29Aug20

ICYMI It’s been something of a busy month for blogging, with posts on Cloud Migration, Java, the UK exam fiasco, Hugo. and RIP Dougal. BBQ The new Kamado Joe that I mentioned last month got its first run, which looked good, but ended up being a little dry: Hawksmore @ Home The Hawksmore at Home […]


Which Java?

14Aug20

Or should that be: TL;DR Practices for installing and maintaining Java have evolved over time, which can lead to tension between teams who are set in a particular way, and other teams who see that as backward. The present state of the art is not to have Java on hosts at all, and to containerise […]


July 2020

31Jul20

Another month has rolled by. These were the highlights. Hot tub We’ve always enjoyed a hot tub in rented holiday places, which led to some discussion on whether to get one at home. I’ve not been keen due to cost, hassle and environment concerns; but on a sweltering hot day $wife came home and ordered […]


The Front Row

15Jul20

This seems important enough not to just be a note in my July 2020 post when it comes. I’ve seen a new interaction model emerge for virtual events, which I think maps into Fred Wilson’s 100/10/1[1] “rule of thumb” with social services: 1% will create content 10% will engage with it 100% will consume it […]


June 2020

28Jun20

As another month comes to an end, a quick digest of things that June brought… Black Lives Matter June seems to have been another one of those months full of “there are weeks where decades happen”. As a family we spent one of those weeks educating ourselves a little. Starting out with the BBC’s ‘Sitting […]


TL;DR The DS420j is one of my more boring tech purchases. It does exactly the same stuff as my old DS411j from nine years ago. But has enough CPU and memory to do it with ease rather than being stretched to the limit. Background I bought a Synology DS411j Network Attached Storage (NAS) box in […]


TL;DR Modern Apps use Platforms, Continuous Delivery, and Modern Languages. Or more specifically, Modern Apps are written in Modern Languages, get deployed onto Platforms, and that deployment process is Continuous Delivery (as these things are all interconnected). Background ‘Modern Apps’ seems to be a hot topic right now. Some of my DXC colleagues are getting […]


I hear these words a lot. They’re a shield for ignorance. A statement that the details don’t matter (when they really do). Learning has stopped. Submission to the people in the conversation who are technical – it’s your problem now, “I wash my hands of it”. A power play, “I care about the business, you’re just […]


This is the blog version of a Twitter conversation with my colleague Graham Chastney. Huawei, and the war on trade POTUS #45 has been pursuing a ‘trade war’ with China, as this appears to be popular with his base, even though it makes stuff more expensive for them and will ultimately harm the US economy. […]