“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” Abraham Lincoln
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Mentoring was always something someone else was lucky enough to be involved with. I was fortunate enough to be able to answer the call when I was asked.
Everyone want DevOps. Great things are promised and some companies even think they’re doing it because they have called one of their teams the DevOps Team. N...
Everyone says ‘its not what you know, its who you know’, while true in a sense, its the ‘what’ that’ll get you in the game.
“The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy.” and other perspectives gained by learning and failing at various things in Information Technology.
A brief look at why AWS cost management can be a pain in the youknowwhere and why you shouldn’t underestimate it!
Have you been going along happily in cyberspace and then unexpectedly get a bill for things you aren’t using? No? Here, listen to my story anyway.
COVID-19 Level 4 Lockdown in New Zealand saw a lot of technology implementations and usage explode all over the internet (as well as the pandemic anxiety of ...
Lock-down is the perfect time to form some new habits or re-kindle old ones, cos what better time for this than now? And what better opportunity than the fac...
When the planning and preparation is all done. There’s nothing left to it, but to do it. And afterwards, figure out if it was all worth it.
Ive never had any life-long desire to work with kids, or teach anyone IT. That soon changed when I realised I had to do something about the lack of Pacific I...
Leadership, like a fine wine, can get you drunk on power, abusive and not much fun for all involved. Some thoughts on leadership.
Taking responsibility for your IT skills if you want to be effective in your job, open up more options and future proof your career.
“There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” - Derek Jeter.
The planning phase is over and you have your sights set on the things you want. The thing to derail it now is fear, ego and pride. Your mind is a powerful we...
Discipline equal freedom! barks Jocko Willink- and he makes a good point. Taking stock of my goal status at this point in time, I can’t help but attest to th...
When you’ve been in the game as long as I have, and seen a few things, a tech talk sounds like a reasonable thing to do to give back to the community and sha...
To be able to ‘Bring Your Whole Self to Work’, to me, sounds like a key characteristic in a happy and healthy team and workplace.
2020 felt like a long year, like a really long-ass year. As I look ahead to 2021 and what it holds, some planning and clarity around goals should make this a...
Checking Your Privilege: An Exercise in Not Lying to Yourself About How You Got to Where You Are Now.
Its hard to admit we wouldn’t be where we are without the privilege in our lives- yes, even me. But how good is it to be able to look inward, do some work, a...
With AI platforms in the cloud so readily available, I wanted to dive in and try it out. But I needed a project. So a twitter bot that can impersonate anyone...
Every journey has its up’s and down’s and also a few questions marks. But its best to write it all down anyway. We don’t know how this ends yet!
Pushing through the slow weeks (coding wise), and working your brain on other areas of the venture that needs some answers. Like markets and marketing. Reall...
Trying to figure out what to work on that would be profitable might lead you to start learning new things, which is not necessarily a bad things. But at leas...
You only regret the things you don’t do. So not starting something you want to do, for whatever reason, in the long-run, is setting yourself up for regret. I...
The promise of the cloud world comes with a price, and its not just the often difficult pricing models of the providers. It’s the cost of revolutionizing you...
Projects are hard. There’s a lot of moving pieces. Most of the time they’re done badly, but they don’t have to be.
Working on projects, with people, to deliver, a project that every person can be happy with. Or at least that’s the goal right?
While its a brave new world, dealing with legacy systems is very much a reality. What is it? Why it is and what we can do about it.
Rant: New Technology and Devops Is Useless If We Keep Applying the Same Thinking and Mindset That Devops Came to Save.
Its a brave new world, but the same flawed execution. Missing the mark, only faster and costlier.
“I have all the tools and gadgets. I tell my son, who’s a producer, ‘You never work for the machine; the machine works for you.’ Quincy Jones”
“The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools - Confucius”
Buying into the world of voice-activated assistants and what they bring into your world (and your house).
Contracting through the holidays, you make a choice between work and spending time with family. Often times working through makes more sense. But what else d...
New Year, New Me? Or let’s just get on with the year? Sometimes the start of year ritual is old hat, but there’s plenty we shoud still consider during this p...
The skills that set you apart from the pack and how understanding them better may change the way you do it.
Most people know what the soft skills are that make them ‘good’ workers, but I dont think many people understand WHY this is, and how this understanding can ...
My thoughts on why we’re going in the wrong direction on work life balance. How its not even the conversation we should be having.
How patience and perseverance (or lack of) have impacted my life and career path.
Usually its the company saying this. As a contractor, this is now your line too.
The origin story of working as a devops engineer on projects and project teams and why you shouldn’t leave DevOps Engineers to their own devices.
Dealing with the stress of delivering a project is hard, but understanding where this pressure comes from and who much is really warranted goes some way to m...
“You can’t help being young, but it’s past time that you stopped being stupid.” - Scott Lynch.
Egotism is the anesthetic which nature gives us to deaden the pain of being a fool. - Dr. Herbert Shofield.
To make real progress in creative thinking, problem solving, or other knowledge work, we need to keep out interruptions