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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

So, what’s next…?

This year I would like to focus on the following;

  • New layout and look for – 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? Winking smile).
  • 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 Smile)…


Have a good one!