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Career

Sam Johnston becomes a Chartered Manager

LONDON (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has awarded Sam Johnston his Chartered Manager status having completed his Chartered Manager accreditation. Sam Johnston, an Australian technology executive and serial entrepreneur, is currently director of labs at DXC Technology. He has previously worked for Silicon Valley start-ups and scale-ups including Google, Equinix, and […]

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Future

2020

My choice of PANTONE’s Colour of the Year of 2020 for the site refresh is very deliberate, recognising our “New Normal” just around the corner. Pantone’s selection was announced in December 2019 just prior to the advent of Coronavirus, with the ironic claim that “it’s a colour that anticipates what’s going to happen next”. In […]

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Future

Leaving Equinix

It’s been three years to the day since my last post — a side effect of my being completely immersed in my job at Equinix (where I was, until last week, Director of Cloud & IT Services). I’ve been based in Zürich and working ostensibly in London for the past 5 years (having spent the last decade in Europe, […]

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Internet Standards

HTTP2 Expression of Interest

Here’s my (rather rushed) personal submission to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in response to their Call for Expressions of Interest in new work around HTTP; specifically, a new wire-level protocol for the semantics of HTTP (i.e., what will become HTTP/2.0), and new HTTP authentication schemes. You can also review the submissions of Facebook, Firefox, Google, Microsoft, […]

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Internet

Goodbye Google+

Ironically many Google employees have even given up on Google+ (though plenty still post annoying “Moved to Google+” profile pics on other social networks) One of those sneaky tweets that links to Google+ just tricked me into wading back into the swamp that it’s become, hopefully for the last time (I say “hopefully” because in […]

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Cloud Lab

Getting started with OpenStack in your lab

Having recently finished building my new home lab I wanted to put the second server to good use by installing OpenStack (the first is running VMware ESXi 5.0 with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8 Server and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS virtual machines). I figured many of you would benefit from a detailed walkthrough so here […]

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Mobile Security

Is carrying an iPhone worth the risk?

Update: It appears that Apple have resolved the issue with the September launch of IOS 7, essentially by implementing what I suggested below (highlighted): Yesterday I was robbed of my brand new iPhone (S/N: DNPGQ4RDDTDM IMEI: 013032008785006 ) for the second time, in public, in Paris. While I’m still a little shaken, angry and disappointed, I’m glad […]

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Cloud

Simplifying cloud: Reliability

The original Google server rack Reliability in cloud computing is a very simple concept which I’ve explained in many presentations but never actually documented: Traditional legacy IT systems consist of relatively unreliable software (Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, Oracle, etc.) running on relatively reliable hardware (Dell, HP, IBM servers, Cisco networking, etc.). Unreliable software is not […]

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Cloud

Cloud computing’s concealed complexity

James Urquhart claims Cloud is complex—deal with it, adding that “If you are looking to cloud computing to simplify your IT environment, I’m afraid I have bad news for you” and citing his earlier CNET post drawing analogies to a recent flash crash. Cloud computing systems are complex, in the same way that nuclear power stations […]

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Internet Security

Flash/Silverlight: How much business can you afford to turn away?

Tim Anderson was asking about the future of Silverlight on Twitter today so here are my thoughts on the subject, in the context of earlier posts on the future of Flash:2009: Why Adobe Flash penetration is more like 50% than 99% 2010: Face it Flash, your days are numbered. 2011: RIP Adobe Flash (1996-2011) – […]