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Maximum number of Acronyms

IT is littered with acronyms – many of which you can’t remember what it means. This has been explained by recent research that shows there is a maximum number of acronyms that it is possible for one person to remember.

Once you’ve reached your maximum number of acronyms as soon as you try to remember a new one then one of the existing ones will be erased from you memory. The acronym to be erased seems to be selected at random though recent computer models lead researchers to suspect that its inversely proportional to your age and directly proportional to the number of different technologies you’re currently working with.

Your maximum number of acronyms seems to be hardwired on an individual basis and no amount of training seems to be able to modify this number.

If you suspect that you’re reaching your maximum number of acronyms all you can do is make sure that you have a cheat sheet available to use to look up their meaning.

Many IT vendors are actively aiding research in this area as their ability to generate incomprehensible documentation littered with acronyms is severely hindered by this new discovery.

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


Normal service may be resumed quite soon

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


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