Just upgraded to Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS

Was remarkably easy to upgrade over SSH (which is good as I am not in the Linux command line world as often these days!) https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/ReleaseNotes Have also applied many of the hardening steps at: https://blog.ubuntu.com/2018/07/30/national-cyber-security-centre-publish-ubuntu-18-04-lts-security-guide Well worth a read if you are running Ubuntu and want to improve security. Not mentioned on there (probably as […]

Fix bugs before adding features applies to projects not just code…

The 12 rules of the Joel Test served me well when I was a developer and development manager. In particular the principle of fixing bugs before writing new code. I will be honest though and say that at times to be pragmatic this had to be fix bugs whilst developing new features! But the bugs could not be over […]

The importance of being courageous in IT; balancing between strategy and responsive delivery

Disclaimer – this doesn’t really describe a single organisation that I have worked at – it’s a collective summary of my experience of working in IT (and that of present and former colleagues) working in medium and large sized organisations. Also the core message probably applies to many other business areas and not just IT […]

Its been a while – 2013 is here and the Cronk family grows larger!

Been ages since I last posted and suspect it will be while before I post again – new job, kids and the fact that twitter is easier! Have added a Strava widget to the right as have now seriously got into road cycling – have signed up for a few sportives this year including a […]

Windows 8 will drop the start menu – is this the beginning of the end for MS OS dominance?

So Microsoft is dropping the start button from Windows in v8… I think this is a silly move – surely one of the things that keep people tied to Windows is the fact that they know how to use it. If they (badly) copy Mac / Linux and force people to re-learn how to navigate […]

Streaming HD content to your TV via a PS3 from a Linux Server (or Windows PC)

Quick post – caveat haven’t had a chance to proof read this one and its late so it will have to do for now! You may not be aware that you can use a Playstation 3 to act as a media streaming/playback client using a system called DNLA (also known as uPNP). This allows you […]

Is “big bang” IT dying? Replaced with iterative approaches and best of breed Open Source?

This is an article I have been stewing on for a while and having recently changed from a consultancy largely working on public sector IT projects back to a private sector IT department its given me several different view points. I also recently attended the excellent Zapthink SOA and Cloud course in Amsterdam – so […]