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June 2020


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. […]

I mentioned Swift Playgrounds in my Learning to Code post a few years back, but at that time I didn’t have a new enough iPad to try it for myself. That changed when I recently got an iPad Mini 5[1], so I’ve been running through the Learn to Code modules. It’s like a puzzle game, […]

Life with a better Outlook People frequently send me ‘invites’ with attached Internet Calendaring and Scheduling (.ics) files. This is problematic, as I don’t use (fat client) Outlook, and web/mobile Outlook might be able to open those files (sometimes), but can’t do anything useful with them[1]. To make matters worse, it’s pretty common for the […]

Skills development and training is a huge part of driving an organisation forward into the future, and so it’s something that I spend a lot of time and energy on. I’ve seen a bunch of stuff over the past year that leads me to expect a revolution in training. Katacoda I first came across Katacoda at […]

Silent PC


TL;DR I’ve been very happy with the silence of my passively cooled NUC for the past 4 years, but it was starting to perform poorly. So when I came across a good looking recipe for a silent PC with higher performance I put one together for myself. Background I’ve been running my NUC in an […]

#2 of jobs that should exist but don’t in most IT departments (#1 was The Application Portfolio Manager). What’s a constraint? From Wikipedia: The theory of constraints (TOC)[1] is an overall management philosophy introduced by Eliyahu M. Goldratt in his 1984 book titled The Goal It’s the idea that in a manufacturing process there will […]