Hacking in the Country – Hacklands

This weekend I headed out into the Kent countryside, together with my eldest son, with a boot piled full of tech gadgets, a couple of tents, sleeping bags, a groundsheet and some blankets (it is summer in England after all). I wasn’t at all sure what to expect, but I knew there would be some familiar faces there, and lots to learn –… Read more →

Partner Keynote, Oracle Keynote, Moscone North, Hall D

Chambers Bows Out

So, John Chambers is now a half-time “wing man”. As Josh Brown tweeted, “Fun Fact: $CSCO’s been a 22 dollar stock since Justin Bieber was born.” but it hasn’t always been that way. I joined Cisco when it was small, very small, and had quite a few direct encounters with Chambers. I stay with the company until around the time it became… Read more →


Windows 10 – Key Take Aways

Yesterday I joined a group of developers at Microsoft’s offices for the launch of Windows 10. It is big stakes for Microsoft, as they attempt to restart the Windows upgrade cycle. While I have been a very happy Windows 8 user since the earliest preview release, both corporate IT and home users have given it a bit of a mixed reception,… Read more →

I Have a Dream

Today, in the US, is Martin Luther King,  Jr.  day. Almost 52 years on from his landmark speech, over half a century, his words still ring out: “But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of… Read more →

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Moving a WordPress blog between hosts

This is a tech post, so if that isn’t your thing, feel free to move along! I’ve been using WordPress for websites and blogs since it’s earliest days, and in earnest since about 2004. In that time I’ve had to move blogs from server to server every so often, as I’ve gone through different hosting companies, our own servers and cloud… Read more →