Fifteen years ago I would spend six weeks writing the incorrect year on every cheque I wrote. In 2013 I’ll be lucky to write a cheque during the year.


I’ve been a long time user and supporter of Firefox – through all of the pains and memory hogging years. Before that I swore by Netscape Navigator. I dabbled for a short time with Rockmelt – good idea – but didn’t seem to have the execution and updates. I’m now back to trying Chrome. It’s […]


I just got reminded of this very cool demo tool. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897434.aspx ZoomIt is free – and lets you zoom into an area of the screen to highlight a piece of functionality or an area of interest. Great for demos.

Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012

Just loving Windows Server 2012 and the updated version of Hyper-V – it’s fast and furious on modern hardware. The updated Linux support is great too – multiple v-procs – and great aware drivers for SUSE Linux.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

There’s a lot to be said about ease of use – especially when it comes to extensive customisation. I’ve spent the weekend installing and building the “back office” for Grania’s business using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 – and it’s been pleasantly rewarding. No code, no SQL, no UI hacking – and I’ve got a really […]

The startup goes live

I’m the silent half of Grania’s business. The business process, policy and web monkey. I talk about marketing, lead generation, moving people through the funnel – she gets to teach pre-schoolers Music Together® classes. The best part of all – telling friends that the business had gone live – and watching the Apache logs to […]

Heat kills hard drives

It was hot this weekend – over 35°C (92°F) outside – and the home servers were suffering somewhat. Western Washington is pretty friendly for servers – it’s usually cool – but we do get occasional spikes. Normally I’ll add an extra fan to the rack – but this time I was away for the weekend. […]

Postfix, IPv6 and non-delivery

Interesting issue this week with Postfix and IPv6. The webserver was resolving MX records as usual for delivery of blog notification – and also looking up AAAA records for delivery via SMTP over IPv6. Without a functioning route from home to the far end these were obviously failing and not retrying with the (routable) IPv4. […]

Ekahau sitemapper

One of the major frustrations with wireless networking is the proliferation of noise from neighbours. When I got my first Wifi router – back in 1999 – there was practically zero interference. From our house in Nottingham I got a whopping 11Mb/s and mine was the only network in sight. I’m writing this sitting on […]