Deblogged and Lastposted

When I was a kid, my Dad was in the Royal Air Force. When he came home and said he’d got a posting, it meant we were going off to live in a foreign country for a few years. Of course, today, a posting is just something on a blog – rather like this one….

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Just Collecting Dust…

It’s Edinburgh Festival time again, and as usual they voted a winning joke. One of my favorite actors and stand-up comedians, Tim Vine, won it for the second time this year with a new one-liner: “I’m thinking of selling my vacuum cleaner. It’s just collecting dust.” Likewise, it seems I now have a large and…

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Do I R2, or Just 12?

We all know that hardware failures are not unheard of events, and – like most people – I try to cover for such eventualities. Many features of my network depend on a single server running a few Hyper-V machines, and so I have a cold-swap backup server all set up and configured to take over…

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More Wandering OOF

I’m not much of a gardener. Instead of green fingers, I have black fingers where the numbers rub off my laptop keyboard. What gardening I do mainly consists of chopping stuff down to a manageable height. I seem to spend all my garden-allocated time cutting grass, and attacking trees and bushes. My wife thinks I’ve got a pruner fetish….

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Wandering OOF

How can I not Wallaby in England while the weather is so fair? Though, looking at these three, dinner is obviously more important than worrying about the chances of rain.  Yep, it’s been “week vacation” time again and we’ve been wandering off to see some more of the sights and attractions here in our corner…

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Kitchen Music

I guess most people know what Garage Music is, but I reckon I just invented a new category: Kitchen Music. Though the definition is somewhat woolly and vague. Basically, its music that my wife wants to listen to when she’s in the kitchen. You could say that it’s a user-defined category. Some time ago I…

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Are Answers On The Menu?

Reading in the newspaper this week about the technological advances in political campaigning set my mind wondering about whether there is an ethics/success trade-off in most areas of work, as well as in life generally. I don’t mean cheating in order to win; it’s more about how you balance what you do, with what you…

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Semantically Speaking…

So I’ve temporarily escaped from Azure to lend a hand with, as Monty Python would say, something completely different. And it’s a bit like coming home again, because I’m back with the Enterprise Library team. Some of them even remembered me from last time (though I’m not sure that’s a huge advantage). Enterprise Library has…

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Six Buttons and a Volume Knob

Probably there’s not many people who can remember when TVs had just six buttons and a volume knob. You simply tuned each of the buttons to one of the five available channels (which were helpfully numbered 1 to 5), hopefully in the correct order so you knew which channel you were watching, and tuned the…

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General Cluster’s Probably Not Last Stand

I don’t know if General Custer ever made a last stand against the Apache, but I feel like I have. My Apache is, of course, the Hadoop one. Or, to be technically accurate, Microsoft Azure HDInsight. And, going on experience so far, this is unlikely to actually be the last time I do it. After…

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