Today I was in Paris. I travelled on Eurostar – leaving from London Waterloo to Paris Gare du Nord. I arrived – and there were no taxis available – and a queue of several hundred people waiting. I resorted to diving into the Metro to travel across to the Novell office in the west of […]

London Taxis

Getting a taxi can be hit and miss anywhere across the globe. Too many times I have been let down by missing cars, breakdowns, rude and sometimes downright dangerous driving. I needed to get a cab this morning at the ungodly hour of 0430. That’s way too early for me. I booked a cab through […]

Wireless routers – it’s all about positioning

I wrote yesterday about the terrible bandwidth problems I’m having in London – tonight my wireless signal in the house was dreadful. I’m used to the attenuating effect of Victorian masonry (we lived in an old house when we were in England) – but surely it was never this bad. It was almost like having […]

Bandwidth – it’s all relative!

I just arrived in London at the start of a week of customer visits. I am staying with Granias family for a day or so (saves on expenses – and it’s also really good to see them!) Grandpa has wireless internet – and it’s good and fast – it’s just not fast enough. Latency is […]

Product Management naming

My team solved the ‘what are we called’ dilemma. “Identity Products Business Team” – that encompasses the variety of skills and strengths within the team.

Product Management roles

For the last few months I’ve been focussed on a slightly different role – Outbound Product Management for Novell ZENworks and now for the entire Identity and Access Management product lines. One challenge is defining and naming the team roles. There are many nomeclatures in use for defining inbound and outbound roles – Product Management, […]

Befuddling Tivo

Everytime family come and visit they befuddle the Tivo. What do I mean? I mean that two weeks of [insert favoured family viewing] really confuses our preferences. Instead of Pingu, Thomas, foreign language films and BBC crime dramas – we end up with US cop shows, WWII documentaries, romantic comedies and the weather channel.

Snow, I15, Gin and Cranberry

First real winter storm of the year. I was working in Provo at strategy meetings until late; I didn’t leave the office until 6pm. I-15 was a nightmare. My usual thirty minute commute took almost two hours. Several inches of freezing snow on the freeway and the usual bad Utah driving. Got home, cleared some […]

ZENworks and UK National Health Service

Talk about time to value: Novell’s desktop software distribution products have been licensed enterprise wide in this deal, enabling the move to a pervasive managed desktop environment with a lower total cost of ownership throughout the NHS. Novell will create ‘appliance-like’ solutions using their ZenWorks technology that can be deployed across an NHS organisation in […]

Mail, spam and viruses

Sigh. I keep tweaking and tightening my anti-spam rules for my mail server – but the amount of inbound spam is getting crazy. I’m catching about 95% of bad mail – and getting all viruses – but I’m looking at switching to a dedicated inbound mail filter. I’m probably going to run SpamAssassin and ClamAV […]