SLES on Azure

This is a reminder for myself mainly. The update servers for SLES 11 SP3 on Azure changed – and there is a pretty well managed process to change the update repos.

Raspberry Pi

Finally it arrived. Unboxed; find all of the bits needed (Micro USB power supply, USB keyboard, 2GB SD card); download the beta bits; boot and it worked. I’ve not done anything beyond this – just checking the darn thing worked.

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate

The process and change control for the build/rebuild is pretty straight-forward now. Updated the main archive server from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate. Looks great – some nice features – and it seems to be faster than the previous version. Also this blog is hosted as a SUSE Linux web […]

.. the more things stay the same

Back to self hosting. The blog has moved from home, to hosting at GoDaddy and up to Azure. All had advantages – all had downsides. It’s the private cloud/public cloud conversation in a nutshell. Ultimately GoDaddy performance let it down – especially for the database – was unacceptable. Their support was also pretty poor. As […]

Picking up the blogging again

Firstly – it’s been too long without posting here. Lots of reasons, lots of excuses – mainly workload and not having anything public to blog about. Secondly – I’ve changes roles inside Microsoft – moving from Business Development (where nothing is public or bloggable) and into customer facing enterprise strategy. The role is a great […]

Uploading mysql dumps to GoDaddy

Strictly a console guy – I’ve been struggling to get the big blog database dumps up to the new hosting. phpMyAdmin claims to support zipped dumps – but that doesn’t work. There are also timeouts in the console for the upload and import. I finally fixed it by using scp to move the non-compressed dump […]

WordPress filesystem abstraction – and automatic updates

Way back in the not-so-distant past the only way to update WordPress was to download (wget/ftp) updates, plugins and themes, unpack them and perform the update/install. It is possible to pull the latest builds from subversion – but that’s really focused on the core hacker. New in WP 2.7 was the ability to update automatically. […]

Change control: SLES 10 updates

Planned upgrades this weekend SLES 10 SP1 –> SP2 for both x86 and x64   How-to: Local update: Release notes:

WordPress 2.6

WordPress 2.6 is live; I just updated from 2.6 RC1 to 2.6 live here. Download from Main highlights: post differencing support for Google Gears There’s an offical blog post about it here: – with a great video overview.