New York is one of the cities which has been at the top of my ‘must visit’ list for years. I was recently lucky enough to get a free trip there for 3 days… I say free, I spent a day in a data centre building our my $dayjob’s New York POP, but essentially free! What an awesome city! I was staying on Wall Street just by ground-zero. Its a very powerful site! Below are a bunch of snaps I took with my point-and-shoot (Between belts of rain!).
I was recently lucky enough to obtain a ticket to the British Grand Prix 2011 qualifying at Silverstone. Massive thanks to Karl Dyson who gave myself and Alex tickets to go! What a cracking day out. Saw some F1, GP2/3 and Porsche cup cars. Weather held out for most of the day so that we could see some spectacular sights!
I currently drive an 2006 BMW E90 325i M-Sport… but its a pretty soleless car… After having my Golf MK4 Anniversary which was great fun to drive I miss the VAG scene… So on Saturday I pickup a 2007 Audi S3. More to come as it happens.
Today was a pretty historic event for the internet. Today was the day a number of large providers (Including Facebook, Google, Yahoo! and the BBC) enabled IPv6 on their customer facing websites as a test flight for the next generation internet. Sadly the company I work for wasn’t one of these who could make it to World IPv6 day, but my team are busy enabling our global backbone for IPv6… For providers above a certain size its actually a pretty lengthy process to weed out all of the old technology such as that last Cisco CSS load balancer or local director you are still using (or 100′s in our case) and move onto technology which supports things from the last century! Even things like contacting all of your IPv4 peers (We have 800+ peering sessions – and thats not a large number) to ask them to setup a IPv6 session too… and your transits… thankfully our friends at Level3 and Abovenet are fully native (now) so thats all good. There are thankfully other helpful providers out there like Hurricane Electric who are trying very hard to get everyone going with IPv6.
Thankfully days like today are adding enough weight to the case. People are listening and starting to realise that just because they have plenty of IPv4 left, it doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t do something about IPv6 too! I’ve read many posts relating to $large_cable_provider_in_uk who say they have enough IPv4 addresses and so won’t worry for now thanks. Thats a pretty daft attitude to the situation… but then maybe thats just me. I’ve been IPv6 native at home for the last couple of years (Thanks to a combination of Goscomb Technologies and Andrews & Arnold), and my public facing web servers for longer (Thanks to Poundhost). This blog infact is IPv6 native every day… not just on World IPv6 day!
I was kindly donated a pair of tickets for this last weekends GT1 at Silverstone. What a brilliant day out. Some fantastic cars, my first look at the new Silverstone pits and brilliant weather (if not a little windy!)
Until August last year, I was the proud owner of a Golf 25th Anniversary Edition… Number 1498. I then stupidly sold it and bought a BMW e90 325i M-Sport… This in itself isn’t a problem, as the BMW is a lovely car… its pretty poor on Fuel, but thats to be expected when you have a glorious 6-pot up front… but its just not the same as my Golf. I’ll be a golf owner again. That’s a fact.
Not long back from a cracking weekend of camping for the 4th Annual CharrettFest. This was our first time attending, with a bunch of collegues and friends of friends at Buddens Farm in Dorset for Alex’s Birthday. Cracking weekend of camping, BBQ and beer (well, Cider)!
A couple of days ago I upgraded from a Mac Mini with 2x 22″ Samsungs, to the latest Mac Pro 5.1 with a Quad Core 2.8Ghz Processor and 2x 27″ Dell Ultrasharp U2711 screens. WOW. This thing is very impressive! More to follow on that subject I’m sure.
It’s been quite some time since i’ve had a blog. So here I am again, thinking of things to write… My aim is to blog about technology bits and bobs I come across in my work as a Network Engineer for a large enterprise. Its more of a place to store information for me… if you find it useful, then thats a bonus too!