Rise of The Robots

Collective bargaining, a degree and an engineering skill set just don't cut it any more, if you're competing with a robot that can produce more widgets, more quickly, with higher quality and lower cost. Some of the traditional views about how you protect jobs in a capitalist economy just don't apply to this threat. Nedd Ludd would be spinning in his grave.

Coworking and Mental Health, plus Nottingham Co-Working Spaces

There's a great article here on the benefits of co-working, and how it can transform what can be a lonely and difficult struggle for some people working at home, into an energising and supporting environment. I've found it's becoming more and more important to me too, now in my 10th year of working at home … Continue reading Coworking and Mental Health, plus Nottingham Co-Working Spaces

Glastonbury Ticket Site Update

Three years ago I wrote a detailed post with observations and advice on the Glastonbury Festival ticket sale, and how their website appears to work. Again, I was involved in the big refresh this year, trying to buy tickets for friends and family. I wasn't successful in purchasing tickets this year, although my sister was … Continue reading Glastonbury Ticket Site Update

Install a Babun (Cygwin) Shell and Ansible for Windows

Update: You might find this thread useful if you have issues getting ansible to work in babun/cygwin  - thanks mcfo for the comments. Update2: Another option is to run ansible inside a docker container using Docker for Windows.  This way you are actually using Linux to run ansible in, so are likely to have less problems. … Continue reading Install a Babun (Cygwin) Shell and Ansible for Windows

Off to Hudl

After almost 10 years at Servelec-Corelogic I'll be starting in a new position at Hudl on 1st June. I'm excited and nervous about the change and looking forward to meeting my new colleagues and learning about how they do things over there!  Some of the things to look forward to are their open-minded approach to technology, working … Continue reading Off to Hudl

Some Thoughts on Almost 9 Years of Remote Working

Since I started working for Corelogic in 2005, I only spent the first year working in the office every day.  I lived in London for that year, within walking distance of the office, in a nice, albeit small 1 bed flat.  That flat probably cost around the same price as our 4 bed semi in Nottinghamshire … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Almost 9 Years of Remote Working

Sysdig – A general purpose system capture and analysis tool

I've just been looking at a nice new tool called sysdig, which seems to be really useful for analysing and troubleshooting on production systems.  There's a great blog post by Gianluca Borello, detailing how he set up a number of honey-pot servers with poor passwords, and then captured system activity with sysdig, showing exactly how … Continue reading Sysdig – A general purpose system capture and analysis tool

Active Directory to OpenLDAP Sync with LSC

I have recently had to sync accounts and groups from Activc Directory to OpenLDAP, for a requirement for a directory server in the DMZ.  A DMZ (De-millitarised zone) is an area of the network open to the internet.  It's supposed to be separate from the rest of your LAN, so you can have services running … Continue reading Active Directory to OpenLDAP Sync with LSC

HTTP 2.0 Is Coming

It's been almost 15 years since the last standard of HTTP was ratified. HTTP is the protocol which transports web pages across the internet.  It's a brilliantly thought out and quite simple protocol.  It's beginning to show it's age though, especially with the rise of many requests across multiple web servers. AJAX and newer technologies … Continue reading HTTP 2.0 Is Coming