IoT Components relationships

Adventures in IoT – Part I

I’ve been greatly amused by Cisco’s attempts at thought leadership in the Internet of Things (IoT) space, especially as (so far) they’ve contributed nothing to it. The Internet of things is not the Internet of big things; in a post- Raspberry Pi world, it small sensors matched to simple electronics, controlled by cloud services using open(ish) APIs. None of which, as far as I can tell, have anything to do with Cisco. Continue reading

8 Elements to NAILING Your Plot & Owning NaNo

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Attack of the Killer Plot Bunny. That rabbit is DYNAMITE! Attack of the Killer Plot Bunny. That rabbit is DYNAMITE!

I promised not to leave you guys hanging with my last post. Now that I have a lot of you beating your shields ready for NaNo, I’m going to give you battle tactics to come out victorious (or maybe at least alive).

Sure, NaNo is great to just learn to turn off the Inner Editor and get those 50,000 words DOWN. But, if in the end, all we have is a gelatinous ooze that eats people and attacks the city? They call in the National Guard to take out our WIP, because no revision can tame it.

What to do? This post is incredibly redacted, but it’s a blog. So roll with it 😉 .

These tips will work for any novel, but they are SUPER important in NaNo, lest we write ourselves into the Corner of NO Escape by…

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The path to SDN, or the Cloud

From the inbox – What are the steps to SDN ?

I was recently approached by a consultancy looking for Software Defined Networking (SDN) migration case studies. I was unable to provide much help; in H2 2014, precious few organisations claim to use SDN in production. However an interesting question was raised, What are the steps to an SDN Migration?

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Hotel Sirenis Ibiza Pool

Hotel Review – Sirenis Aura Ibiza

For the first time in over a year, and since changing jobs, I took some leave with my family. We didn’t get an opportunity to give feedback, so I wrote a little thing which to post on travel sites. It being one of the first things I completed since I reading “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser, I thought I share it.


As a family we almost expect to be disappointed when we eat out; vegetarians are seldom well catered for. This was not the case at the Sirenis Aura Ibiza. Every lunch and dinner, clear effort had been made to produce at least two vegetarian dishes; there was always an ample selection amongst the regular accompaniments. This meant that we always had a choice of what to eat; we never felt short changed or compelled to find alternative catering. The food was always fresh, and nothing sat around for long.

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Internet Distractions

Working from home – Anti-distraction techniques

I’d be lying if I said I found it easy to focus for long periods, especially when working from home.

One things I have found that help enormously is dealing with my phone, and treating it like, you know a phone..

I don’t have that many apps on my phone, but I’ve notice that I’m getting about 20 notifications an hour from twitter, linkedin, G+, not to mention about 3 mail accounts. This is about 160 times a day my already fragile concentration is broken.

So: I put my phone on charge in the next room. I can still hear the ringer if someone actually rings me. Most of the notifications I also get on my laptop anyway, but I’m not tempted to pointlessly acknowledge the same e-mail outlook notified me about 10 seconds earlier.

So there you go. Now stop hooning about on the Internet and do some work!

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