• Simple Food

    IMAG0946The days are long and challenging but fun, so cooking in the evening can be relaxing when I have the time. It’s also good to do something simple and just what I fancy so tonight was no different, fancied a bit of cajun chicken in a wrap or two.

    Things have got to be simple for me to cook that is for sure and you can’t go wrong with something like this :) Not sure about tomorrow night though see what the day brings.


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  • Annoying Tesco car parking

    So what is it about so many UK drivers that they just don’t know how to park a car? When I park in a supermarket car park such as Tesco I always park further away from the door where there are plenty of spaces so that no one is parked next to me and therefore no chance of anyone scratching the car. Great in theory but so often when I come out of the shop some numpty has decided it would be a great idea to park next to me, why when there are so many free spaces nearby?

    So when in France last week and as normal do the same in a car park, where there are plenty of spaces. Come back at the end of skiing and what do I find? Yep some numpty has parked next to me and there are still loads of spaces nearby and what makes it worse is that it is a UK driver! Same happened another day.

    Grrrrr rant over :)

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  • Synology

    Recently my IOMega NAS drive gave up the ghost and stopped working. It’s the second one to give up in four years, very disappointing and will be the last time I go for one of those. The Buffalo drive continues to hum along nicely though. Repair work on the IOMega didn’t bring it back to life. So time to get something more reliable and so the hunt started.


    I know a few people who have Synology drives and after spending time looking through the various options I went for the Synology DS214+ with 2 * 3TB drives. Having had the drive for the past few weeks I am annoyed that I didn’t give one a try a long time ago. They are excellent. Really well made, small and incredibly quiet. I set my drives up as Raid 1 and now have most of the things on there I need. Performance is brilliant and you can see the difference in the speed on the network. It has 2 USB 3 ports on the back and if you plug an external USB drive in there you can copy from the NAS to the USB at exceptional speeds. They come with built in management software which is very extensive, easy to use and well featured. All I have to do now is get the remote access working through the router, that is proving easier said than done though.

    So if you need a NAS device it is well worth spending the extra money and going for something like the Synology.

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  • 2013: The year we all went ‘mobile’

    2013 has certainly seen a huge step forward with mobile technology and the greater acceptance from people that you can do almost anything on the move. The BBC published this article (from where I got the title) earlier this week and they make quite a few good points but only lightly touch on some of the key challenges. Everywhere you turn now you see people using tablet devices or just their mobiles to either continue working outside of the traditional office or just keep up to date with the latest gossip.

    There are many aspects of modern world which lend themselves perfectly to mobile devices and working on the move or remotely at home. The mobile workforce will be something that continues to increase over the coming years. The volume of data created on a daily basis is now just unimaginable. However the article only touches on one of the major challenges, security.

    There is a lot of talk about Bring Your Own Device, BYOD, and again there are many pluses and minuses for this approach and it largely depends on what you are trying to do. People are still the weakest link in any security setup. Corporately how do you manage and control the data which is out there? Samsung introduced KNOX to try and cater for the need for a secure device while still allowing the users the freedom of using their own device. This solves one aspect of the challenge but there is some work which you have to do from an office or secure location. There are also the times when nothing beats a face to face meeting with a white board.

    Companies want to know how they can ensure their data and applications are secure in the ‘cloud’ and this is going to a long time for companies to fully trust this approach. Will large corporates be happy to host their data on a server in a country somewhere out there, what about government data? Brings into questions all sorts of questions about the data ownership as well.

    Even with a powerful mobile and powerful tablet I still find myself doing most of my work from a laptop. Now if I had decent Internet coverage in any part of the country I visit that would mean I could seriously become part of the mobile workforce…

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  • Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, Nobody

    These just appealed and so true at times…

    Team Four



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  • Windows 8 first thoughts

    Upgraded my laptop a few weeks ago and as with all of them it now comes with Windows 8 by default. I tried an early copy of Windows 8 last year and had my reservations then if you were to use it just for a laptop and not touch screen. I have used Windows 7 for a long time and that was a very good and welcome change.

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  • World War Z

    Last night went to the cinema with Natasha to watch World War Z. When she asked to go and see it I wasn’t sure as I am not particularly into Zombie movies. However I came out thinking that this one was not the norm and definitely worth seeing.

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  • ERSA Coaching Day

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  • Start of the ERSA race season

    So the first couple of regional races have taken place and both have been a very good success. On the 21st April it was the first summer league at Welwyn and with 231 racers registered it was the highest number we have had for a race in a long time, amazing really to think how well the races have been supported at the start of the season. The schools race had 286 registered racers and we still turned away at least another 30 on top of that! Both days at Welwyn we had excellent weather which certainly helped make for an excellent time.

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  • SyncIpswich

    On Thursday evening I attended the first SyncIpswich at the Eastern Enterprise Hub. It follows on from the very successful SyncNorwich and the first one focused on ‘Building and Testing software at Google Scale’. Considering the event as the first one to be held in Ipswich it was amazing the number of people who were in attendance, fantastic turnout and very well organised in a great location.

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