Any container will do

The technology world has a long history of format battles (often referred to as “another VHS vs Betamax”). Container technology was lining up to be another one. Containers are fundamental to deployment of applications and micro-services in cloud environments. They are taking over from virtual machines (wasteful of resources, harder to cooperatively manage). The dominate player is Docker. Open container project brings together the major players to offer a common standard that will support portability Read more […]Like this:Like Loading…

Learning to drive – again

I completed the first day of a two day Advanced Driving, Handling and Skid Experience course yesterday, with Ride Drive. I have some time to practice now before my second day. Taking driving instruction so many years after passing my test made me very nervous in advance of the experience itself, and having a heavy cold did not help much either. However, the day itself was great, as was the instructor (Andrew, a retired policemen, advanced driver, and keen golfer). It was somewhat worrying that Read more […]Like this:Like Loading…

My first Audi

I thought, back in November, that I had found the right car when I returned to the old style Mercedes S-Class. Several months on an I found myself taking a contract that required me to travel over the Brecon Beacons every week. One trip with Lucy convinced us we did not have the right car. This time, we decided to go for both some luxury and fantastic driving capability able to handle with ease very windy roads and adverse weather conditions. After trying not a lot of cars, we came to an Read more […]Like this:Like Loading…

No deal on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Nearly bought a Note 4 today. I have a Note 3 and had a scratch to itch, but fortunately, none of the stores I visited in Telford could offer me a deal I found attractive. Actually, I’d prefer a Note 4 Edge, but they are even more expensive and I expect will not be well supported. Carphone Warehouse wanted £600 for an unlocked sim free Note 4. Phew! They still wanted that much after I told them about the EE deal. Vodafone were pretty clear they do not sell their phones outright unlocked. EE do Read more […]Like this:Like Loading…

Mac or PC for students

I posted the reply below to a student looking for advice. I do not envy you making a choice on limited funds. I have two daughters, both of whom graduated from university last year, and got through two cheap laptops each. Those two laptops were cheaper (together) than a comparable Apple Mac. I had to provide a considerable amount of support to them over their three years on securing their laptops, making repairs, carrying out rebuilds, sorting out configuration issues. They used several low cost Read more […]Like this:Like Loading…

Selling our home

I knew this day would come. The day when I reached a certain age, the kids had grown up and left home, and I wanted to consider working less and having more fun. Time to DOWNSIZE. A large farmhouse style property with 7 bedrooms is clearly too much for a late-middle-age couple. So, it is time to sell the house and move into something more humble. You can’t just slap up a for sale sign these days and have the estate agent pop your details into their window. No. Nowadays you have to prepare Read more […]Like this:Like Loading…

Back to old style Mercedes

I have just bought a 1993 Mercedes S-Class LWB S500 W140, with 85,000 miles on the clock. Cost me £2800 ($4372). It was a joy to look out of my bedroom window the following morning and see it sat at the back of the rest of the family vehicles. A great trick of perspective makes it look smaller than the other cars, until you start to adjust and notice its size against the large double garage I parked it next to. This is my second W140. I had a later model SWB S280 around 10 years ago that I Read more […]Like this:Like Loading…