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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Like chillax, Dabbsy-o
Alistair Dabbs, 27 Sep 08:00

Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

Comment Hey you, get off of our cloud
Frank Jennings, 23 Sep 09:01

Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone

Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Gareth Corfield, 21 Sep 14:40

Poverty? Pah. That doesn't REALLY exist any more

Worstall @ the Weekend We do have inequality, but that's not quite the same thing
Tim Worstall, 21 Sep 11:00

THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

Crawling from the Wreckage Fags and booze to the rescue
John Watkinson, 21 Sep 08:01

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Trevor Pott

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Trevor Pott is a full-time nerd from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He splits his time between systems administration, technology writing, and consulting. As a consultant he helps Silicon Valley start-ups better understand systems administrators and how to sell to them.
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Concerning VMware’s vCloud Air: It's all about choice

Cloud computing comes in many flavours, but the victor of the next few years will be the company that successfully sells its vision of the "hybrid cloud". If public cloud computing is putting your workloads in someone else's datacenter and private cloud computing is running them in your own, hybrid cloud computing is supposed to …
Trevor Pott, 11 Sep 2014

What's the point of the Internet of Things?

Smart-homes are not designed for the young, fit 20-something. Instead, smart-homes have been absorbed into the Internet of Things (IoT), a broader form of connectivity worship that seemingly aims to unify fridge and washing machine, automobile and heart monitor. The purpose of all of this technology isn't readily apparent those …
Trevor Pott, 05 Aug 2014
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If you like slipping your hand into Puppets, look for these certified types

Puppet Labs is rolling out what it calls the Puppet Supported Program, which pushes gear that's been tested and certified to work with its automation software Puppet. Swift uptake by many big-name vendors in the program comes on the heels of a $40m funding announcement. If you had any remaining doubts that DevOps is a thing, and …
Trevor Pott, 24 Jun 2014
Windsurfer mid-flight (3CX logo in sail)

3CX WebMeeting: Not bad for a 1.0 product – just keep my phones out of the cloud

3CX has released its newest thing: WebMeeting. As I still had the virtual machines from my testing of its software PBX rattling around my lab, trying this latest offering seemed like a good plan. After some fits and starts it tested out well, better than I'd expect from a 1.0 product. Unified communications is a space where I …
Trevor Pott, 16 Jun 2014

DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

What do you do when a critical Word document won’t open? Even in today’s world of versioned documents, it is entirely possible for corruption to squeak in and go unnoticed, wrecking your entire version history. But all is not lost. My wife had this happen to her; here’s how we solved it. Real world example In my case, Word …
Trevor Pott, 09 Jun 2014
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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

In response to a previous article, a number of readers have submitted their views on essential systems administration tools. A few responses stand out from the rest. Michael Wilkinson rightly rebukes me for not including hardware tools in the discussion, with the BOFH's signature cattleprod being first to mind. Malle-herbert …
Trevor Pott, 28 May 2014