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I've been hiding at the Hotel Aurora, Lake Como
I had a really brilliant week away! Louisa and I stayed at the Hotel Aurora on beautiful Lake Como in Northern Italy. Now I have to say that this place has to be one of the prettiest places on earth, yes seriously and we can’t wait to go again next year. Go again? Why? Well this has got to be one of the best places to water-ski and wake-board which my wife and I are nuts about. The setting is stunning but more importantly the water is clean, flat and warm, which as you can imagine is very important. ......

Posted On Sunday, July 31, 2005 11:20 AM

Windows Vista ... not impressed by the new name for Longhorn
Go away for the week and the world goes mad! So the Windows operating system previously called ‘Longhorn’ has gone thought the marketing mincer at Microsoft and is now called Windows Vista . Hmmm, I’m not sure about this name at all, it doesn’t make me feel all excited or inspired and get my imaginative juices going. Even the picture on the official website is an ugly cityscape. When you hear the word ‘Vista’ what images does that bring up? Mountain ranges? Rolling ......

Posted On Saturday, July 30, 2005 4:18 PM

Whats is a SAN? ... answered

John G has answered my question of 'what is a SAN?'

Read his explanation here.

Thanks John!

Posted On Wednesday, July 20, 2005 5:41 PM

Female Centric Geek Meet
Sarah’s is trying to positively sexual discriminate!Let me explain, Sarah Blow of WaterBaby blog fame is trying to put together a female centric ‘Geek meet’, geek males can come as long as they are accompanied by a geek female.Her reasons are simple, she wants to get to know other females in the I.T. industry.See her site for more details.It doesn’t take a whole raft of statistics to show that I.T. isn’t exactly awash with the fairer-sex. I know that many put this down ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 20, 2005 5:33 PM

Web Services Contract-First Utility
Right, we all 'get-it' that we should be moving to using web service and SOA (well you could've got the hint by now if you've been reading this blog for any length of time), but taking the first step is difficult, so where do you start? All the SOA articles on ‘how-to start’ advise that you should begin with the contact … and I’m not disagreeing. Thinktecture are developing a great new free utility for .Net that will allow you to do just that and can be found here. Enjoy ......

Posted On Monday, July 18, 2005 6:43 PM

Next UK Developer Day Announced
Craig Murphy has announced the next UK Developer Day. So, make a note on the calendar for Saturday 22nd October 2005, Microsoft Thames Valley Park, Reading. The event website is here, details will soon be available. Contact Craig if you want to present a session (hint Sarah). ......

Posted On Monday, July 18, 2005 10:40 AM

Team System Rocks .com !
Yep, it didn't take long! A Team System Fan Site at the aptly named Now, I get Team System, but for my mind I still have to use it a bit more before I decide whether it rocks or not. I'll keep you posted! Oh but I so do Love the idea! ......

Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2005 8:01 PM

How do you make the login process in the morning quicker?
My old mate Dave Caddick has written about something that is a pain in the neck for everyone in I.T. How do you make the log-in first thing in the morning quicker? Email this article on to your techie guys … revolutionary stuff Dave ......

Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2005 7:49 PM

Get well Martin Fowler!

Martin I hope you are back on your feet soon.

Posted On Wednesday, July 13, 2005 6:56 PM

The cure for GeekBlock

Recently, I have suffered from GeekBlock.

Fortunately, I found an answer here.

Posted On Thursday, July 7, 2005 10:39 PM

The Storageman cometh!
John Grove, a friend of mine, has started blogging here at Geeks. John is going to cover subjects relating to some serious server room toys. Now I believe John has a niche area here, I can't actually find all that many blogs or even websites that cover his subject area in all that greater depth. So, John I would like to recommend that you put together a range of tutorial posts for us newbies. What's a SAN? ......

Posted On Thursday, July 7, 2005 9:44 PM

SOA Anti-patterns
In this post we will introduce the concept of SOA anti-patterns. Like any architecture there is a right and a wrong way to do it. SOA is no exception. Silo ServicesService Orientation is more than just a distributed technology it is a decentralised technology. Enterprises are complex and in terms of IT are not often controllable from a central point, much less through a single technical architecture. As such the tendency for business units to develop services in line with local demands should be ......

Posted On Thursday, July 7, 2005 9:18 PM

We won't let them win.
My message is short, but clear. Britain's will wake up tomorrow and continue their lives as before. Yes some schools will be closed and the tube will be shut, but we will find a way and we will continue. We will not be bullied or terrorised. Africa and Climate change will still be on top of the agenda at G8. Terriorism will not. Our message is clear ... terrorists you will NOT win. Violence has won you nothing. ......

Posted On Thursday, July 7, 2005 9:03 PM

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