Hardware load-in

Early start this morning – head into Seattle to meet a truck and driver delivering a Perceptive Pixel 55” interactive touch screen for an event this evening.

The screen and PC are not too big – but they are fragile and expensive – so the shipping case is enormous! Over 1200 pounds (500kg) of wood, steel, wheels and hardware.WP_20140128_08_42_42_Pro

Delivery was an adventure; two hotels with similar sounding names within 100 yards of each other; narrow alleys; rubbish collection; cyclists and bad drivers.


Eventually the box was unloaded and we went for an unescorted trip through the back offices of a large hotel. Guaranteed to get security interested and come find you 😀

PHP settings

Every time I move blog server I need to tweak PHP settings.

For my own sanity – here are the main ones:


memory_limit = 512MB

max_execution_time = 300

post_max_size = 32M

upload_max_filesize = 512M

Back to 5K

Starting back up the training for a 5K later in the Spring.

Foggy and cold this last few days.

Slow – but every day is an improvement.



Novell layoffs

Sad to see Novell do another, seemingly fatal, round of layoffs.

The few good people left seem to be gone; those that are left pretty much bare bones product maintenance. Looks like the entire legacy Attachmate product line and the legacy Novell product lines have been merged under a single management structure.

From what I hear it’s “do less, with less” – which is a sad whimper to end with.

Best wishes to those that got let go; it’s a different world outside. Almost six years since I walked away.

To the cloud!

The never ending saga of running infrastructure has gone full circle. All of my self-hosted blogs and websites have moved from a Hyper-V server in my garage and up to Microsoft Windows Azure.

I spent a decade (2001-2011) self-hosting. Running both email and website on platforms as diverse as NetWare through RedHat, SUSE and finally Windows Server. In early 2011 I decided to get out of the hosting game and move the blogs to GoDaddy and the mail to Exchange Online (then BPOS, now Office 365).

GoDaddy really frustrated me. Poor performance, poor logging, strange “go slows” and unexpected disconnects of SSH. Understandably “I got what I paid for” – but frustrating none the less.

It has taken eighteen months – but slowly the various blogs and websites have been culled and archived, moved back to self-host and now up to Azure.

Windows Azure has really improved over the past two years – I started by evaluating the Platform as a Service capabilities back in November 2011. Functional – but missing some capabilities that I needed to run the photo blogs (all written for the LAMP stack).

More recently as the Infrastructure as a Service capabilities have moved from preview to production I tested this blog running on Azure. Performance and uptime have been great. The blog is running a SLES 11 SP3 platform on Azure – and it’s as functional as running on bare metal or any hypervisor.

I finally took the time to move the family blogs and business website to the platform over the last week or so. The migration of WordPress blogs and Gallery photo sites is pretty simple now.