WordPress 2.0 is live

Time to test and upgrade all the blogs methinks.

Looks like a lot of new features – for me (the admin) and for everyone who posts. Nice work chaps.

WordPress themes

I’m working on switching my WordPress installation to version 2.0 and updating my theme to something fresh for the New Year.

I’ve found a cool resource for some nice looking themes – wpthemes.info.

Ski boots

Sigh – I’ve been looking for ski boots again – and nothing fits.

I’ve tried rentals before – and I’ve always had a really painful few hours with cold, cramped, uncomfortable toes. I’ve tried buying – and nothing seems to work for me.

If anyone knows of any good Utah based ski boot shops that will fit to strange, large feet and calves – let me know!

Google Zeitgeist

Looking at the Google Zeitgeist for 2005 and there is one really interesting piece:

Whose News
When news is reported instantaneously, and more people than ever expect to get their news online, which sources do people consult – and for which stories? We took a look at three major news organizations which have come to new prominence for a global Internet audience.

BBC vs CNN vs Al Jazeera

This shows that BBC is outpacing CNN for online news.

Buying ITIL books in London

As I was in central London I made a special visit to The Stationery Office Bookshop near Holborn.

TSO is a strange beast; formerly HMSO (Her Majestys Stationery Office), now the Office of Public Sector Information – it is the official publishing arm for the UK Government. Everything from Government papers, reports of debates in Parliament to ITIL, Prince and other documents are published.

The TSO bookshop is a veritable hideout of really specialist, non-overlapping information.

I was buying books on ITIL – the IT Infrastructure Library – for my team. Useful and required reading in todays IT world.

On the train again

Today is Friday. I am back in the UK -and on the train again. This time heading north from London to Leeds on GNER.

On the positive side – it’s a nice fast journey up to Leeds – no hassle of flights, getting to and from the airport and all of the checkin hassle. It’s also a lot lot faster than driving (probably four hours each way – which would hurt). There is also free Wifi on the train (woo!) – which is actually useful (sync of mail and get some research complete).

On the negative side – the value is questionable. While less than flying – it still hurts to pay so much for a flexible ticket.

Oil fires.

Late posting this – but hopefully interesting.

We landed at Heathrow on Sunday morning – and saw a massive black smoke cloud as we were landing. Only after we arrived did we realise that one of Europes largest fires was burning on our flight path.

On Sunday afternoon we all went to the park – the sky was very strange; a wintery sky with a huge black cloud blocking out the northern part of the sky. Very eery.



On the train on Monday I saw the fires more closely. An enormous pillar of smoke covered the sky:




Another day in Europe. Today Hamburg, Germany.

Every time I have visited customers in Hamburg it has rained. Drizzle or heavy rain – it always seems to be raining in Hamburg. When I was last visiting customers a Novell account manager told me that was why people from Hamburg had an affinity for English people – they are all used to the rain!

The highlight of the day was visiting Airbus – and seeing the Airbus 380 fabrication building. The scale of infrastructure that has been put in place to build this plane is incredible. There are no superlatives left. Wings are assembled in the UK, fuselage in France, the whole thing is assembled in Hamburg. Seeing the A380 up close was humbling.

Travel back from Airbus is always fun – taking the ferry from the customer site, across the Elbe and then on to the airport by taxi.