Monthly Archives: November 2010

Frank Herbert was wrong

Frank Herbert, in Dune, wrote: Fear is the mind-killer Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there… Read More »

13 traits of a great consultant

There’s a misapprehension that in order to be a successful consultant (regardless of field), you have to be über-intelligent, certified to the hilt and trained to the nth degree. In fact, when I say “misapprehension”, what I actually mean is “nothing could be further from the truth”. That’s not to say that a great consultant… Read More »

A letter to Deborah O'Neill regarding same sex marriage

Federal politicians in Australia have been asked by Parliament to poll their electorates to find out the current opinion on same sex marriage. As you can imagine, I have an opinion on this, and here’s what I wrote to my local minister, Deborah O’Neill: Dear Deborah, I have been in a same-sex relationship for over… Read More »

Are blades worth it?

I’d like to understand why companies feel that blade servers are worthwhile investments. I recognise the arguments for higher density computing within standard rack enclosures, and moving “profiles” between enclosures, etc. These arguments aren’t much different from those used to justify virtualisation – and for what it’s worth, I completely agree with those arguments. Where… Read More »

Show me the coffee

Periodically I need to travel for work – either in visiting head office in Auckland, or – more recently – to other cities for customer work. As time goes on and I push toward our goal of moving to Melbourne, travel is probably going to re-enter my work life as a more regular event. Yet,… Read More »