My ramblings on the stuff that holds it all together
That was 2010 so what next
I’m a bit late to the Internets with this post but happy new year to all my readers – and judging by my WordPress stats there are a lot of you! over 400k visitors this year!
So – what happened in 2010? for me, it was a strange year, I knew from the start of the year that I had chosen to leave the relative comfort of the position that I had held at ioko for the previous 10 years to do “something new” – and that it was that stark, a long notice period and nothing definite lined up so I took a bit of a leap of faith and it worked out as I joined VMware the day after I left.
However, there were plenty of projects to complete before I left ioko and I also cracked on with my blog in my limited spare time whilst also juggling a new-born baby and assortment of home DIY projects
- Presented several times at the London VMware User Group (VMUG) ok – I presented at *all* of the London VMUG’s in 2010
- Took the VMware Enterprise Administrator (VI3) Exam
- Took the VMware Design (VI3 Exam)
- Submitted my VCDX application package (fingers crossed)
- undertook lots of late-night development work on the vTARDIS
- The vTARDIS won the best of show award at VMworld Europe
- The vTARDIS travelled to BriForum and a bit of a US-tour
- I bemoaned the end of SpinVox and started using voxsci – which is almost exactly the same and slightly more accurate.
- I worked on a reasonably big vSphere 4 design for a customer project using HP’s new Flex10 technology – mostly went ok in the end and I posted the resources here
- I mused about the usefulness of vApps and some management problems they could pose if you take the traditional approach to guest management and don’t adapt your processes.
- I used an iPad to solve all my domestic scheduling problems
- I really wanted emulators for everything (come on vendors, get with the programme!)
- I complained about VMware’s licensing if you want to do “cloud”, some of these complaints still stand today (watch this space!)
- I wrote about how the computing super-powers were plotting to take over the world
- I did some interesting experiments with some solid-state storage for VMs
- I swapped from a Windows laptop to a Mac with OS X and quickly uninstalled Office 2011 and am using Office 2010 in a Fusion VM; heretic? meh.
So, what’s next…?
This year I would like to focus on the following;
- New layout and look for vinf.net – the default WP theme is getting a bit tired.
- Spend more time bridging development and infrastructure; these are two traditionally separate camps, and particularly with “cloud” there needs to be a much better integration across the two, devops is particularly of interest to me.
- Working with an “upcoming product” to unify the two camps for the cloud (see what I did there? ).
- Learn to program again, it’s been a long time since I did any real hands-on development and its going to be very helpful in enabling this inf/dev bridge.
- Keep developing the vTARDIS and do not talk about fight-club
- Keep up with the presenting at user groups, conferences etc.
- Learn to play bass guitar properly at least a little bit
- Complete my VCDX on VI3 or VI4.
- Blog at least once a week, I’ve found twitter has replaced some of my “look at this, this is cool” type blog posts that I used to enjoy writing – but it’s hard to get any kind of objective opinion into 140 chars – so I’m going back to blog basics.
- Manage twitter distractions better, i.e close TweetDeck.
- London – Brighton bike ride with a better time than the heavily jet-lagged one I put in this year, and not to walk the beacon.
- London – Paris bike ride (either the 24hr race or 3 day ride)
- At least 1,500 miles cycled (oh and upgrade my road-bike, again..)
- Spend less of my own money on my home lab (donations accepted )…
Have a good one!