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Resisting the San Francisco siren call…

Summer is in full swing (in the northern hemisphere), and that means that it’s almost time for the VMworld US conference. I’m hearing the San Franciso siren call. Must resist this year! I love San Francisco and have been to a lot of events there. Several Apple Developer Conferences, a few MacWorld conferences, and VMworld. I was there so often from 2006 to 2012 that the staff in the Courtyard Marriott on 2nd Street recognised me and knew my favourite drink in the bar!

San Francisco skyline from the end of the peer at Aquatic Cove
Cupid's Span sculpture on The Embarcadero
The Golden Gate Bridge

VMworld is the technical, networking, and socialising highlight of the year for everyone interested in all forms of virtualisation, hybrid-cloud, multi-cloud, modern application deployment, intelligent storage, and more. With over 20,000 IT professionals in attendance, along with all the important IT vendors, a week at VMworld delivers a fire hose of industry innovation and best practice that it’s hard to get in such a pure form anywhere else.

Pyramid Building in Financial District
Gateway to Chinatown
Coit Tower

The 2019 event returns to the Moscone Convention Centre in San Francisco and will occupy Moscone North, South, and West in the SOMA district of the city. So, in addition to the full-on technical and business information available, there is ample opportunity for extracurricular activities. From craft beers in the Thirsty Bear near Moscone South, strolls along The Embarcadero from the Oakland-Bay Bridge. Past Pier 39 to Fisherman’s Wharf, then on to Fort Mason and the Golden Gate Bridge. With many more city delights like dinner in Chinatown, a week at VMworld in San Francisco is not to be missed. I’ll maybe go to another one in the future…

VMware has a Convince Your Boss page if you are looking to justify attending. Some advice: plan to wear layers, bring a hat, and wear comfortable shoes!

Those flanneled fools…

I’ve decided to start playing cricket again this summer. I stopped in 2003 when I had surgery for TC. I did play one game towards the end of 2004 but got side tracked after that. Time to go back. Hoping to get fit enough to work up a reasonable head of steam when bowling from the city end at Stormont

Looking forward to it πŸ™‚

Deleted Xcode from my Mac

I deleted Xcode from my Mac. The two version I had installed were using 20GB of space on the hard disk. I haven’t used them for months. I just don’t have the skill or inclination to write software that I would be able to put on the Mac or iOS stores. I’ve enjoyed tinkering in the past just so I know what people are talking about in relation to Apple platform development. Other things interest me more now though. I’ll still keep REAL Studio on my Mac for the times I want to bang out a simple program for my own use. I’ll still keep up to date with GUI issues on the mac and iOS devices. So I’ll still be reading books about this. Like the excellent Tapworthy.

I guess this means I won’t be going to WWDC this year. I could justify it in the past but not now I think. Given the lack of Mac OS X Server content last time and the fact the Xserve is no more. Which may, or may not mean the death of Mac OS X Server as a viable server platform (let us run it in VMware vSphere!). It’s unlikely that the 2011 WWDC will have much enterprise ICT content to justify attendance for non-developers.

This means I may not spend at least a week in San Francisco in 2011. Yikes. Of course I have enough Marriott Hotel points and BA miles to go for a weeks holiday. Could even go WWDC week and sit in the sun to read & write during the day and have a few beers and concerts at night…

Always been an atheist

In response to the blog post by Dad Who Writes, about his journey from Catholicism to atheism I thought I would post here what I said in the comments to his blog post.

I don’t have a similar journey to share. I’ve always been an atheist. My parents were not religious. They did force me to go to Sunday School for a few months (so I would see what it was about) but I didn’t buy into any of the God stuff. This was a Church of Ireland protestant Sunday School. I have a brother 12 years older than me so when I was growing up I was reading his science and engineering books. I think I started to tell people I didn’t believe in God from around the age of 8 or so.

Real Formula 1 gaming?

I was recently slagging of Formula 1 as boring on Twitter. And it is. Watching it is so repetitive. But what would be really interesting would be to combine the GPS data from real races and F1 games, like that shown in the Playstation 3 trailer shown here, to allow you to compete in races that have just been completed. Take the Monaco grand prix last weekend. If the games companies and the F1 organisation made all the data for the race available as an in game download, via a subscription model, then gamers could rerun the race and try to beat the real drivers. The real drivers cars in the game would go round the track and pit etc., as they did in the real race. Using the GPS and other data that is collected during the race. I think that would be cool. And much more interesting that the real thing πŸ™‚ There would need to be logic built in to allow the other cars to avoid you on the track and stuff. But that shouldn’t be too difficult to build in.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Who’d be female under Islamic law?

Sometimes I despair. I really do. The content in the article by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown in The Independent has made me despair today. Especially the bit quoted. Read the rest via the link below. Or maybe not. Do something to make yourself happy instead.

Iranian painter Delara Darabi, only 22 and in prison since she was 17, accused of murdering an elderly relative, was hanged last week even though she had been given a temporary stay of execution by the chief justice of the country. She phoned her mother on the day of her hanging to beg for help and the phone was snatched by a prison official who told them: “We will easily execute your daughter and there’s nothing you can do about it.” Her paintings reveal the cruelty to which she was subjected.

Read More: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Who’d be female under Islamic law? – Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Commentators – The Independent

6 years after…

It was 6 years ago today that I had an appointment with a Urologist in the Ulster Hospital to get a check-up for what looked like testicular cancer. It was. Now 6 years later I’m 50% deficient in the bollock department [the other one still works πŸ˜‰ ] but still here to annoy people. Which is good.