Just installed SLES 11 x64 on top of my Windows 2008 R2 hyper-v test box.

Best installation of SLES yet – clean, fast – no major problems.

Microsoft Web Platform

Take a look at this:

Single click install and deployment for IIS and the associated components.

I’m going to kick the tyres a little – but both Gallery and WordPress seem to be supported – and it looks like using MS SQL server too.

Maybe time to retire the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and move to Windows 2008 ..

Hugin 0.8 beta

I’ve been using hugin for a long while – since Nat tipped me off.

Good to see progress since the release of 0.7 last autumn; some of the Google Summer of Code projects are starting to get aggregated.

Hugin 0.8 beta is available; there’s a pretty decent Windows version at Allard Katans site.

One year on

A year ago I wrote a blog post – “So long – and thanks for all the fish” – it announced that I was leaving Novell.

It’s been a strange year with much change. Not only have I changed jobs; but also moved from Utah to Washington and sold and bought a house.

I’m still in touch with many ex-colleagues from Novell; it is strange that technologies such as twitter, facebook, LinkedIn, skype and even email have made communication so much easier than ever before. During the year I’ve seen a lot of good friends move on from Novell too. 2008 seems to have been a year of change for many.

Kano model – an example

During ITIL v2 Managers Certificate training and during my ITIL v3 Expert bridge there was a lot of discussion of using Kano models to evaluate real vs. perceived needs.

I mentioned airline surveys usually included such examples to really only factor in results from ‘those that read the questions’ – too many times you see people tick ‘satisfied’ for everything.

Here’s an example from United – notice how there are pairs of similar questions that drive to a common result.