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6 Months Later…

Okay, so I’m not very good about keeping my promises to post on here more often!! Hopefully that’s about to change, and more about that in a few minutes.

Quite a bit has happened since I last posted. Most particularly of note would be the delivery of my nice shiny new car on 20th May, closely followed by me and it being #3 in a 4 car sandwich no less than 20 days and 1046 miles later. As I write this post, the car is still with the repairers, and I’ve now been driving the courtesy car for as many days as I’ve driven the Mercedes!  I haven’t gotten around to taking some nice pictures of the new car yet either.

My PLEX Library is now up to over 480 films, and more than 2000 episodes of 110 different TV Series’.  I’m working my way through my DVD’s slowly, but I’ve not found a way to Rip them that’s totally to my liking as yet; my current process is fairly slow, and results in files that are rather larger than I would like!

Anyway, I’ve decided to try and re-boot my technical interest once again. I made the decision some years ago that I’d allow myself to be drawn in to the world of Management rather than being a tecchie, and while I don’t necessarily regret that decision, I have found of late that I feel as though I’m loosing some of the technical skills which allow me to add my particular value in the role that I currently hold, so I’ve signed up for a year’s licence for Cisco’s VIRL programme, so that I can play with, and brush up on some of the newer solutions that I’ve missed out on in recent years, including NX-OS, and IOS-XE, as well as allowing me to play with F5’s, and Palo Alto firewalls in their virtual flavours.  I’ll endeavour to report back here on my findings, and any useful technical blurb that I find, in the hope that at some point, someone might find it useful.

So, following hot on the heels of this post will be my first technical issue, identified while preparing to set up VIRL under VMWare Workstation for the first time.

 

April Already?

This evening while faffing about with Websites and things, I realised that it’s April already, and that I’ve not updated this site with any new content Since January!

I really must make more of a conscious effort to update my witterings here, even if they are seldom read by anyone other than myself!

So… what’s new?  Probably not much!

  • I’ve driven nearly 18,000 miles in my (no longer quite so new) car in the last 9 months!
  • I’m getting to know the road between Home and Chichester extremely well indeed!  (for Work!)
  • I’m still working too hard!
  • I’m still just as much of a geek as ever!

I think this year is going to see some interesting changes for me in a number of areas.  I expect that in January next year, I’ll look back on this post and think – Yes, I was right!   Watch this space!

So I’ve refreshed this site with a new theme!  I expect I’ll be buggering about with it for a while!

I’ve helped my cousin and her man launch a new Website for their business.  Why not pay a visit to www.heathmorgan.co.uk and have a gander?

Now I really MUST make sure that I find some new content to put on this website more often!

A New Look!

I’ve resolved to try and start to update this Website a little more frequently! 

And in that spirit, I’ve settled on a new theme which I think is quite clean and tidy, and retains all the functions I’m after.  I think it looks quite good, but will give it a week or so before deciding finally. 

In other news, it’s the last episode of Game of Thrones tonight on Sky.  I fervently hope this gets picked up for a second season, as it’s most definitely new and innovative Fantasy/Scifi Television, not another remake or reimagining which we seem to see so many of just at the moment.

Being the regular reader that I am, I am so painfully aware that there are ample quality works out there that would translate well to modern television, so why oh why do Film & Television studios insist on Remaking older works.  I cite recent works such as “V”, the aborted attempt to remake “Dune” (even though SciFi Channel already did that), the recent Star Trek film, and we’re close to seeing the third “reboot” for Superman, to name but a few.

Game of Thrones is based on the book A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R R Martin. 

I think the relative successes of Sky’s attempts to bring Terry Pratchett’s work to life on screen prove that there’s an appetite out there for the content, and so there’s no need to try and appeal to an existing fan base for a previous incarnation, provided of course that the work is done to a certain quality standard in the first place. 

MPLS Cheat Sheet

Good old

Upgrade Delight

Hmm, ok, so I upgraded to WordPress 2.7 and it was so smooth it’s almost unbelievable.
Only problem I can see is the Twitter whatsit is still complaining about a Twitter API Key, and I can’t seem to figure out why!