Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Quirky Cordies

July 29, 2012 Comments off

Quirky Metal Cordies

I came across these in a well known stationary shop here in the US yesterday and being somewhat of a neat freak think they make an excellent job of tidying any desk area/home office. After taking a quick look at the website, the other similar products – Pivot Power, Plug Hub and Contort I feel also fit into this category.

Categories: Home Lab, Opinion

WordCamp Boston 2012

July 15, 2012 Comments off

WordCamp Boston 2012 After a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to Boston’s WordCamp last year I was looking forward to this year’s event. Although the quality of speakers was again consistently high, notable presentations this time included:

  • “Optimizing WordPress for Speed and Scale” from Ben Metcalfe – of for beginners and advanced users alike.
  • An introduction to responsive web design “Going Mobile: From 960 to 320” by Chris Cochran and
  • A frank discussion of “Enterprise-Class WordPress” by Jake Goldman.

Copies/links to all of the presentations made available can be found here.

Categories: #wcbos, Opinion, WordCamp

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

October 6, 2011 Comments off

Although in recent years my day to day work has taken me away from the front lines of supporting the Mac users of the company I work for, as a convert myself and former Editor of the apple_bites twitter feed and e-mail newsletter I was saddened to learn of Steve Job’s death yesterday.

Like all great maestro’s he commanded the Apple product launches with seemingly effortless ease and with his legendary “reality distortion field” fueled by his passion and apparent relentless attention to detail made us all forget just how much work was behind the “magic”.

Whilst others discuss and help solidify his place in history – as a kindred spirit and after a brush with death and having had to deal with a chronic medical condition myself I imagine the only thing worse than his initial diagnosis was the moment he realized he would no longer be able to continue in the role of CEO and everything that entailed; indeed the short amount of time since then and yesterday’s sad news suggest he hung onto that as long as could.

He will be missed..

WordCamp Boston 2011 – Day 2

July 24, 2011 Comments off

After a bumper schedule of sessions yesterday followed by the WordCamp reception event at the Microsoft NERD Center, today’s talks begin early this afternoon.

Highlights from today included the energetic “How Blogs Are The Core to Any Social Media Strategy” by Joselin Mane, “Getting Started with WordPress as a CMS” by Jake Goldman and the light-hearted but topical “You’re Doing It Wrong and It’s My Fault: Dissecting The Client Relationship” by Andrew Norcross.

As can be seen by the many #wcbos specific comments already on Twitter it seems that everybody (including myself) enjoyed themselves, learnt a lot and are already looking forward to next year’s event.

Categories: #wcbos, Opinion, WordCamp

WordCamp Boston 2011 – Day 1

July 23, 2011 Comments off

Although my first, today was the inaugural day of the second annual Boston WordCamp event for WordPress users. Hosted at the George Sherman Union building of Boston University – a WordPress user itself, it’s aim is to bring users of the blogging platform’s community  together to share and discuss a number of topics as well as meet one another.

Of the presentations today, highlights included “Customizing the Admin Interface” by Jake Rainis and Niki Brown, the standing-room only “Simplifying Your Life With WordPress Multisite” by Christina Dulude and after the formal presentations the Lightning Talk by C.C.Chapman which although short was entertaining.

Supported by an extremely well organized group of volunteers, a Mobile app for keeping track of the schedule and one of the most well designed attendee badges I have seen in a long time so far it has been well worth the modest attendance fee.

Categories: #wcbos, Opinion, WordCamp

My Take On The New MacBook Air..

October 22, 2010 Comments off

Having both used and supported the original MacBook Air in an enterprise environment I, like many, was keen to see what changes Apple had up its sleeves when it announced its most recent incarnation. Like others, I was disappointed to hear that it would continue to use at its heart an Intel Core 2 Duo processor but intrigued to hear that it would use flash based memory for primary storage purposes.

Given the fact that Apple is the primary NAND flash based memory buyer in the world and that such is its demand to support products such as the iPhone and iPad that it has repeatedly caused worldwide market shortages in the past, when coupled with the supplier agreements it has in place and taking into account the discounts such purchasing power enable it to demand is it naive to not think that one reason the company is and will continue to expand its market share is by the monopolistic holding of such components? Apple has always had a history of being innovative but given that Steve Jobs heralded the MacBook Air  “the next generation of MacBooks” it will be interesting to see how and if its competitors can respond.

Licensed To Kill

August 3, 2010 Comments off

The Monitor logoRead my latest article for The Monitor magazine – this time discussing the introduction of the OpenStack project.

Categories: Cloud Computing, Opinion