Posts Tagged ‘Miscellaneous’

VMworld US, Here I Come!

August 21, 2010

That’s right folks, this time next week I’ll be en route to San Francisco! I hope to meet many of you in person, and will be at the following social events during the week – if you are at any of these and want to shake hands (or punch me in the face), please seek me out! I’ll be sporting a vinternals t-shirt at the VMunderground and VMworld parties for easy identification (yes, I have 2 of them :)).

Saturday 28th
7pm onwards : vBeers San Francisco

Sunday 29th
7pm onwards : VMunderground Party

Monday 30th
4 – 7pm : VMworld Welcome Reception
9pm onwards : VMworld 2010 Tweetup

Tuesday 31st
5:30pm onwards (probably, but not necessarily in this order)
NetApp Virtualisation Community Party
EMC Customer Appreciation Party
Veeam Partay

Wednesday 1st
5:30 – 7:30pm : vExpert Party
7:30pm onwards : VMworld Party

Thursday 2nd
8pm onwards : v0dgeball (go vSquirrels! :D)

Really looking forward to meeting all the vFriends I have made over the years in person!


Holidays… YAY!

June 25, 2010

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any quieter around here, I go on holidays! I won’t be away for long, unless Great Whites are frequenting the Adriatic these days… in which case I may or may not return in one piece :D. See y’all when I’m back.

VMware "Cost Per Application" – A Swing, and A Miss…

March 25, 2009

The aim of this post is not to rubbish the guys who put together VMware’s recently announced “Cost Per Application Calculator”. I can only imagine the amount of effort that would have gone into producing such a tool. But although a good job has been done I can’t imagine why anyone would find it useful, irrespective of how accurate or inaccurate it may be. (more…)

Welcome to the New!

February 15, 2009

Still a little rough around the edges, but we’ll get there… the import feature worked a treat although I guess any direct links to imported posts will be gone forever. Oh well, c’est la vie!

Interpol Release Travel Advisory for Cannes in Late Feb

February 4, 2009

That’s right, in an uncanny (and unfortunate for VMware) coincidence, Interpol have issued a travel advisory for anyone in the Cote d’Azur region in late February. All travelers and residents are advised to be on the lookout for 2 males apparently involved in an ongoing London-based criminal enterprise. One male is described as 186cm, shaved head, blue eyes, dashing good looks and a strange accent. The other is described as even taller, of Indian descent, and speaking only in the near unintelligible Jafaican slang that is native to East London.

Well that’s just bloody typical. Only yesterday did Shyam and I get our travel approval for VMworld Europe 2009, and this happens.

Next London VMUG – March 10th

January 30, 2009

As announced by Al Davies and reported by others, the next London VMware User Group meet will be on March 10th.

Come along to hopefully learn something, and say hi to some of the big names in the Virtual blogosphere such as Mike “RTFM or STFU” Laverick, Alan “Oui Oui, Poo Poo” Renouf, and the lads from Xtravirt. There’s always the chance of Tom Howarth dropping by, as well as any number of people from VMware UK. The “bloggers attempting to get fame by association” from vinternals, Shyam and I, will also be there.

And if none of that interests you, then the pub session afterwards should. Pint of Peroni, thanks!

VMworld Europe 2009 – Boche Will Be There, Will You?

January 7, 2009

Hot in off the intertubes – bench pressing maniac Jason Boche, who also has a popular virtualisation blog (that’s right people, it’s spelled with an ‘s’. Sometimes I wonder where the “English” in “US English” went) has announced he will be attending VMware Europe 2009. This is great news, because it’s more likely that my as yet unannounced ‘US vs EU Bloggers Sumo Challenge’ will go ahead if more US bloggers actually get to the event 🙂

Oh, those lowly bloggers from vinternals will be there as well, but who cares.

UPDATE Legendary Scott Herold will also be there to represent Team USA! Thank god Oglesby doesn’t blog!

VMware 2009 Product Lineup

January 7, 2009

I was under the impression that some of these products were still in super secret squirrel status, but as they’re now appearing on the VMware Products homepage, I guess that’s no longer the case!

Since you’re all going to go and check out the VMware spiel anyways, I won’t bother repeating it here.

What I will say though is that I’m not sure how wise it is for VMware to simultaneously spread themselves even thinner by releasing more products, and eat into the opportunities for ISV’s. 2009 is going to be a tough year for everyone, and a healthy ISV market is good for a software company. The last thing VMware should be doing is try and offer everything themselves, thus driving ISV’s like Veeam, Quest and the many others into Microsoft’s camp where they will no doubt be welcomed with open arms!

… and have a Happy New Year!

December 30, 2008

Well thankfully I’ve returned from my stint over 200 clicks north of the arctic circle with all my fingers and toes! Mind you, we were lucky to catch some unseasonably warm weather – the coldest it got was a toasty -3 (celsius) instead of the average -20 at this time of year.

Anyhou, I’ve been working on a bit of a special rant philosophical post to end the year, so I’ll get my well wishes out of the way now.

I hope you’ve had a great 2008. I had almost zero expectations when I started this blog back in January, and have been completely blown away at the level of readership and attention in the community that I have received. So to that end, thanks everyone for reading, thanks to the guys in the community I talk to / know (they’re listed in the “linkage” section down the right there). Thanks to John Troyer at VMware for helping to get me on the map and for being so tolerant with the profanity ;-), and thanks to all the other people at VMware who have helped along the way… Lance, Carter, Steve, the account team that handles my company (you think I give VMware a hard time as a blogger… that’s nothing compared to what I put them through as a customer). And a special shout out to all those who took the time to email me over the year – I really appreciate the time anyone takes to give me their angle or experiences with regards to a post, keep it coming.

In the new year I’ll be moving to dedicated hosting, so hopefully I can start doing some more stuff like hosting a few whitepapers and small utilities / scripts. And get a bit more of a custom theme going (the green ain’t going nowhere though ;-).

The coming year is going to be interesting for many people on many fronts, and I don’t expect it will be an easy one. But as Albert Einstein said, “In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity”. Here’s wishing that you all make the most of those opportunities should they arise, and have a great 2009.

Boche, Lowe – You Got It All Wrong!

December 15, 2008

About this Mohamed Fawzi bloke. He’s talking about _music_ fellas, more specifically para-metal. I don’t mind the odd bit of thrash, maybe I can find some of these Hyper Wii’s (or whatever they’re called) on iTunes.