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Talk like a pirate day

In honour of International talk like a pirate day  -

What’s a pirate’s favourite programming language?



What’s a pirate’s favourite load balancer?



= Application Request Routing -  see


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What you don’t know


This article - – started me thinking about the times I’ve worked on big projects.


One of the things we’d do was discuss things that could become problems. Knowledge falls into three groups:

- things you know

- things you don’t know – you know that X is a thing but you don’t know its value

- things you don’t know you don’t know


The last is the one that hurts. Its the things that you don’t know you don’t know that cause the surprises – for example the sudden realisation at 2am that application A won’t install if application B is install. Its not documented and you didn’t know you didn’t know that fact. Now you have to rethink your whole approach.


How do we get round this?


One way is experience – you remember what’s caused problems in the past and you check for those things. Its often said that good judgement comes from experience which comes from bad judgement!


The other way is research. Too many times I’ve seen people assume that something will work because something similar worked in the past. Some bad examples are around treating a new version of Windows the same as the current version or even worse the version you started with 10 years ago.


IT is constantly evolving. One of the things with being a professional (IT pro) is keeping up with your subject. Have you? What don’t you know you don’t know?


Continuing education is going to be a must do activity for IT pros going forward with automation & devops related skills being top of the must learn pile.

Kindle Fire extinction

Today my Kindle Fire tablet finally stopped working. Its been more than temperamental for the last 12 months – freezing at least once or twice a day, not responding to touch input, not downloading content but today it finally stopped.


Will I buy another one?


No. The whole raft of problems with it freezing seemed to start when Amazon started updating the OS. None of the updates have fixed the problem.


I’ll either revert to my old Kindle that just keeps on working or get something else.


Come on Amazon – you had a great product. It isn’t anymore. Solve the problems and you might get some custom


Been testing things for my container talk at the Summit and opened Internet Explorer on my Server 2012 R2 machine to be greeted by


“Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10”


Forget Server 2016 guys all you need is Windows 10  Smile

MVP renewal

April 1st comes round again and its time for the MVP renewals. I received my renewal email this afternoon – I feel highly honoured that Microsoft have bestowed an MVP award for 8 straight years.


Thank you

1,000,000 hits on this blog this year

Yesterday this blog alone went over the 1,000,000 hits for the year – if you include its mirror sites that comes to over 1,240,000 in total for this year


Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my posts

1,000,000 hits

This blog and its mirrors have reached the 1,000,000 hits for the year to date. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my postings


The conversion of this blog to Word press has replaced the category names with numbers.  I'm slowly getting the names back but it will take some time. Please bear with me during this process. is down

My mirror blog on is down – as is the rest of the site.  It is being worked on. In the meantime transfer here

Kindle app for Windows 8

I’ve written unfavourably on the Kindle app in the past but I stumbled on an piece of functionality in the app that makes me take a lot of my comments back – search.

If you are in the Kindle app and bring up the charms you can get into search. This means you can search for books within your cloud store – this is especially useful fro me when I have hundreds of books most of which aren’t downloaded onto my Windows device at any one time.