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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

Five families own more than 20% of the UK do? Rubbish
Tim Worstall, 20 Mar 10:03

Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Online retailers might slurp your data but they still don't know jack
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Mar 11:27

Object Storage suppliers: Bikers? Dentists? Or Biker Dentists?

Blocks and Files These rebels need to find a cause, says the Sage of Storage
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Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 08:28

Will the blighters pay this time? Betting big on developers

Comment After lying in a deathlike slumber for years, the developer market is twitching
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Michael Coté, 07 Mar 14:46

How AGILE DIPLOMACY will spike PUTIN'S GUNS

¡Bong! While Crimea teeters on the edge, a plan is being hatched in Shoreditch...
Steve Bong, 07 Mar 12:57

Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Blow me a fuse, darlin’, I got 499 more where that came from
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Mar 10:59

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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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I survived Spiceworld 2013, heat and all: Here's how I did it

My second Spiceworld has wrapped up. I've safely returned home to Edmonton, trading the smothering humidity and overwhelming heat for a far more civilized 15cm of snow. This year's Spiceworld has some differences from the last; the biggest change being that it has moved into the Austin convention center. In many other ways …
Trevor Pott, 06 Nov 2013
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Hey, how'd that guy get to be a BAZILLIONAIRE?

Ready to hear about the next IT startup niche? It's an emerging market called "host-based caching", and you might wish to pay attention if you'd like to understand how a few people got stupidly rich a few years from now. The Cliff's notes version of host-based caching is that it turns flash drives inside your virtual hosts into …
Trevor Pott, 18 Oct 2013

How many apps does it take to back up your data?

What is the better approach to backups: a single service that can back up everything on your network or a collection of applications for backing up different items? Over the course of my career I have been on both sides of this argument and I am still not convinced either is right. Now a pending network upgrade has forced me to …
Trevor Pott, 23 Sep 2013
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Cloud storage: Is the convenience worth the extra expense?

Judging by my inbox, quite a few businesses have taken to heart my warnings about the legal issues that arise when you allow your data to be exposed to US jurisdiction. Companies outside the US sense a gap in the market and are pouring in. Within a few years I suspect I will be perfectly comfortable with recommending nation- …
Trevor Pott, 17 Sep 2013
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How do you choose your vendors?

Part of ranking vendors (and their products) involves attaching a certain level of priority to the different categories you judge them on. Everyone is going to value different elements of a supplier relationship differently, so the items on my list should be considered to be "in no particular order." I leave it as an exercise …
Trevor Pott, 17 Sep 2013

It's now or never for old sysadmins to learn new tricks

In most fields of human endeavour the complete invalidation of a person's formal training and skillset generally takes decades, if not generations. Within IT the tools, applications, operating systems and cloud services learned at the beginning of a bachelor's degree can already be defunct before that degree is completed. I …
Trevor Pott, 09 Aug 2013