Archive for September, 2013


Monday, September 30th, 2013



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Old Photo Archive – Sony Glasstron Glasses

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

After receiving an email from a friend, asking for a larger resolution photograph of him from the 1991!

I thought I would go back through the back catalog of unpublished photographs

Sony Glasstron Glasses

Sony Glasstron Glasses

Sony Glasstron Glasses

Sony Glasstron Glasses

These pictures were taken in 1999, these are Sony Glasstron Glasses, which projects a large cinema screen in front of the viewers eyes, I used them to watch DVDs on my portable DVD player, whilst community to clients site on the train. On two separate occasions whilst sitting in First Class on the train to Edinburgh, watching a DVD, a GNER Ticket Inspector interrupted me, and asked “which stop are you departing the train, so I can help you, Sir” – he thought I was blind!

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cloudHQ – Backup and sync data between Cloud Storage providers

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Do you find yourself with half a dozen cloud storage providers?

I’ve currently got storage accounts with

  • Dropbox, Wuala, Box, Google Drive, Microsoft Skydrive and Evernote

I needed to get some files onto my Microsoft Surface RT tablet yesterday, unfortunately there seems to be an issue with Dropbox with the Surface RT and syncing to the cloud, the Surface RT uses Skydrive.

But how do I get my data from Dropbox to Skydrive?

Use cloudHQ, this cloud based application will continuously sync all your files between different cloud services: in real-time

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It took me five minutes to complete the easy drag and drop configuration to sync files and data between Dropbox and Microsoft Skydrive!

You can also Backup all your emails from Gmail to Dropbox!

Brilliant use of the Cloud, Excellent Product, I also like the ability to browse current cloud storage vendors using the cloudHQ website!

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Virtualisation Snapshot Hell!

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Whatever you call them in VMware circles, they are known as “Snapshots”, in Microsoft circles, Hyper-V they are known as “Checkpoints”.

Snapshots are evil things, I wrote an Article last year on Experts Exchange called – HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient,

the following two clients, clearly had not read my article, but they have now!

VMware vSphere Exchange Virtual Machine with two snapshots, one snapshot size of 250GB, with a parent disk of 500GB

VMware vSphere Exchange Virtual Machine with two snapshots, one snapshot size of 250GB, with a parent disk of 500GB. Exchange performance would have been poor, this snapshot has been present for many months, and eventually took 33 hours to delete, ,merge and commit the snapshot, with 33 hours of Exchange downtime!

Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Machine

Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Machine, with 9 nested snapshots, totally 170GB, more of an issue, performance is poor, and deleting these snapshots will cause issues, and delay!

The one thing you need to know about Snapshots, is if you use them, or find a virtual machine using one is Be Patient, if you decide to delete them!!!

or Ask an Expert First!!!!

It can take a very long time, for the process to complete and merge the child (delta) disk into the parent disk.

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Pure Gold – All jarred up!

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Honey is now all jarred up into 12oz hexagonal jars, waiting for the labels to be printed, and then ready for sale!


So if you want to purchase any rural rustic cottage wild flower honey from the Yorkshire Wolds, let me know…

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