NERD Polytechnic

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AirBNB – Great Success

From my personal experience there is three stages to traveling for work.. 1. Work is going to send me somewhere.. on a airplane!!! This is AWESOME! 2. I gotta go to Melbourne, this should be fun. 3. Going to Brisbane… sigh I am now in phase 3. I love to...

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Moving your blog to an Amazon EC2 Instance

AWS is the new hotness, and I am totally on the bandwagon.. so much so that I have been personally awarded this “cloud ninja” sticker from amazon.. A honour that I will tell my cat about. Amazon has a whole swag of services, of which I am interested in two...

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BYOD or Bust! Can we get rid of the corporate desktop

When I started in the IT industry computers had yet to reach default appliance status. Some family’s had a shared system but really most people would see their company issued desktop as their primary computing device. You might do a bit of web browsing at work, send that email to...

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Lecture – Village Telco and the Mesh Potato

Glen and I presented the Mesh Potato to the Manly Warringah Radio Society this week. If your not following, the Mesh Potato a wifi router / telephone ATA used as a building block for the village telco project. The Village Telco is an initiative to build low-cost community telephone network...

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International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend 2012

With lighthouse weekend behind us for another year I can confidently say the weekend was a great success. Once again the Chase Alive team helped us gain access to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse and it’s keepers cottage. This was a huge bonus as it allowed us to comfortably run multiple stations  from the elements, which this year...

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Work / Life Balance – What’s in it for the shareholders?

The demands modern businesses place on their employees is continually expanding, yet the methodology many organisations utilise for how their staff should carry out and deliver their work remains largely unchanged. This failure to meet employee needs means the average worker now changes role 12 times during their career, seeking...

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Beefcake no more.. kinda.. sorta..

Since as long as I can remember I have wanted to know how things work. Everything needed to be understood. To give you an idea of how long I have been this way, as a 4 year old I would run and hide if the power went out, not for...

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How to visit a Cat Cafe.. like a boss.

Normally in a cafe you expect to see nothing more than a menu made up of tasty treats and cakes you wouldn’t tell your doctor about, but this is no ordinary cafe. Cat Cafe’s or as they are called in Japan Neko Cafe’s started in Korea and spread into Japan...

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Why your Windows Foo doesn’t impress the grim reaper

Some of my ranty previous posts have mentioned cloud computing in various ways, and reading back I think it’s funny how much more I know about cloud now. I have spent countless hours researching the topic, working with vendors and resellers and now developing plans for resellers to go to...

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Cloud stuff..

If I had a jolt cola for every time I have been asked to define cloud computing I would  be on dialysis by now. As I ranted in a previous bleary eyed travel rage infused post cloud computing seems to be the “new hotness”, but is it really and should...

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Monitoring your Apple Airport with Cacti

Spent the last few hours messing around with my Apple Airport Extereme and Cacti. Like any self respecting nerd I have alot of IP connected devices, and so I use cacti to keep an eye on things. Cacti is a great network monitoring tool that allows you to use SNMP...

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Dealing with the one who is full of zeal

/ˈzɛl.ət/, “one who is zealous, one who is full of zeal for his own specific beliefs or objectives, usually in the negative sense of being too passionate; a fanatic” Zealots are boring. Like really boring. It does my head in to watch people in glass houses throw stones and today I met the stone thrower. Whilst...

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Zen and the art of Virtualised Infrastructure….

The IT Industry is probably the most reactive industry on the planet. Sure there is a lot of innovation, but much of that innovation simply fixes one problem whilst creating a new one. Whilst that statement comes across as a cynical view, I think it it is just an abridged...

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Switzerland or bust

I guess its been a long time coming, so despite spending 20 hours in the air I didn’t quite feel like I was on a month long trip around Europe. The trip is brutal, despite the efforts of  Singapore Airlines. Actually on that point, has anyone else noticed that Singapore...