Computer science while washing the dishes 1: The Queue

Calvin and Hobbes said that there’s treasure everywhere.  For a sad geek like me, there’s also computer science everywhere.  Doing the washing up the old school way involves a metaphor for the computer science concept of queue, if you think of people collaborating around the draining board.  Quite a lot of this is a statement … Continue reading Computer science while washing the dishes 1: The Queue

An Introduction to building a CI/CD pipeline with Jenkins and Octopus

In this article I will give a high level overview of building a CI / CD pipeline using Jenkins and Octopus.  There are alternative tools, and also other ways to use Jenkins and Octopus – please treat this as just some suggestions.  I won’t try to answer all questions you might have about Jenkins or … Continue reading An Introduction to building a CI/CD pipeline with Jenkins and Octopus

How far away from here is the most distant bit of the UK?

I like visualisations, particularly map-based ones.  Done well, it’s as if they give you superpowers or a microscope or telescope – you can see something that normally is hidden from you.  They help you to understand something, and in business that often means they help you to make a decision.  Below is a visualisation that … Continue reading How far away from here is the most distant bit of the UK?

Security and a voice-controlled internet-connected cooker

I have seen adverts for a NEFF cooker that you can control with your voice via Alexa. This is spiffy, but I can also see potential security problems.  I’m not advocating attacking Alexa or a NEFF cooker – this article is a standard-issue discussion of security problems, to help people improve security.  I hope I’m … Continue reading Security and a voice-controlled internet-connected cooker

Blogging

A friend recently talked to me about blogging, and it got me navel gazing a bit.  I’ve not really thought about how or why I blog, and I guess it’s a good thing to be a reflective practitioner.  At the risk of being self-indulgent, this is an article about how and why I blog.  As … Continue reading Blogging