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Flexible working

About five months ago I left my old job and started my own [http://bitcube.co.uk Linux infrastructure consultancy]. It’s been a nice ride, the freedom and control is fabulous. One benefit I particularly like is the ability to be really flexible with my hours. Whilst I used to take the odd hour out to cook a [...]

Dumbing down and choices

Or perhaps more contentiously, “Why Mark Shuttleworth is wrong”. Before I get flamed to death, I should point out the “[http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/03/why-mark-shuttleworth-is-right-ubuntu.html Mark Shuttleworth is right]” post. I believe that what he says is actually correct – there is too much [http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bikeshedding bikeshedding] – having a strong leadership is a good thing, even if they occasionally [...]

Sanity restored

I’ve just bought a new toy – a Canon Pixma 250 MFP (Multi Function Peripheral). Basically a colour inkjet printer/scanner/photocopier. £35 from Argos which seemed pretty good, I had to wait a whole minute or two for it to arrive after I ordered it – very impressive. I did some research and found that new [...]

Scripting, dying?

I read way too much, sadly I came across a post this morning about data storage technologies that [http://www.enterprisestorageforum.com/management/features/article.php/3867506/Top-10-Data-Storage-Technologies-That-Coul will die]. Most of those I think are fairly obvious, however some are just wrong and some lack an explanation. I’ll start with the biggest error: Scripts Firstly, scripts aren’t anything to do with data storage [...]

Every cloud has a Linux lining

The last few days I’ve spent playing with [http://open.eucalyptus.com Eucalyptus] – the open source [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_EC2 EC2] equivalent. Several times I’ve been tearing my hair out – particularly with some image issues (why oh why can’t it use an external database rather than the noddy internal one – that way when it’s confused I can fix [...]

Google streethawk

Finally Google Streetview has gone nationwide. I can even see my [http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=so53+4lz&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Eastleigh,+Hampshire+SO53+4LZ,+United+Kingdom&ll=50.97999,-1.407146&spn=0.002432,0.005043&z=18&layer=c&cbll=50.979988,-1.407019&panoid=IYEVQuVVJgIutZh9fpinvQ&cbp=12,204.94,,1,1.79 first house] down in Chandlers Ford when I worked at IBM Hursley, ah, fond memories. I was just telling my dad how I use streetview when visiting new places – I generally take a look the day before, then on the day I [...]