Sudden Popularity

Hi All,

Sorry for not posting for a while first off, I had what can only be described as a MENTAL weekend.

OK. So I am either being spammed or have suddenly developed my own fan-base because my views on LinkedIn have sky rocketed and I am getting messaged no end; it’s a very positive step but I just hope it doesn’t get out of control. Check the graph:

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One hell of a jump! Almost 77.3% of my entire views were accumulated in the week beginning the 14th… I’m… Trending?

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Boston Bombings: Justice is Served Thanks to Big Data

Boston Boming Suspects

Boston Bombing Suspects

The sheer speed at which the American authorities found the terrorists responsible for this attack was all thanks to “Big Data”, the pictures we take on our mobile devices, the videos we share on social network sites etc. All being collated to one place and analysed – put through facial recognition algorithms and geographical analysis tools and so on. Posts on

An interesting prediction from the E-Commerce Times highlights the trend in Big Data from a Government standpoint, and this tragedy and it’s relatively swift resolution highlights it’s uses in the same industry.

“E-Commerce Times recently reported that average annual big data budgets for government agencies will grow from $5.7 billion in 2014 to more than $7 billion by 2017, according to a study by Deltek.”

Those figures are astonishing, it’s a big budget as it is, but I don’t think further investment is a bad idea by any stretch.

 

 

 

Love, peace and swift justice,

Howard

A Prosperous Start; Sudden Dread

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So… I am in talks with a couple of companies about opportunities in Sweden, both seem very eager to chat and have so far been very pleasant to talk to – I am even noticing that the recruitment process is slightly more laid back, this is not what preconceptions have led me to believe about Sweden; a pleasant surprise.

Unlike back at the UK, I am not being sharked by ruthless agencies treating me like a skill set and I genuinely feel like these people want to know me as much as they want to know what I do. As to not jeopardise my position I won’t use any names but will explain my experience with the 2.

Company 1:

Now these guys are cool! After doing my research they have this real friendly “Google-esque” vibe going on, they have a belief that if you focus on employee happiness the results look after themselves – an entertaining video of the generic IT nerd (AKA: Myself) being turned into a suit by a company and consequently hating his job felt almost as if it was written exactly for me! I almost thought the video was an autobiography.

I am not one to believe generic hype in any form, but they either spent millions on fantastic actors or the employees they placed in these videos really are having a great time and are loving what they do.

So what about the person I am talking to in HR? After a short browse of their LinkedIn I can tell you I am feeling a little intimidated (http://howiebm.com/2013/04/16/work-in-sweden-top-5-observations/ – see points 1,2 and 3) – not to say she hasn’t made me feel comfortable, just tweaked my insecurities a little – but nothing I don’t think anyone goes through in the job hunting stage!

I am quite excited about this one and dates are being planned for a meeting! I can only hope I manage to impress…

Company 2:

Now these guys are familiar and safe! After doing my research I can confidently predict this company will be instantly familiar to me as something I have done before, this is neither a good or a bad thing and I think it has it’s advantages – I certainly feel less intimidated by this posting. I have a real passion for information management and client systems, WCF services and developing a piece of software that goes above and beyond the expectations of a customer and I can see clearly that is what these guys do; they do it cleanly; they do it quickly and there is something to be admired about that.

As such there is no hype, no immediately visible personable qualities – it’s cold hard business and there is definitely a place for that in the world. Especially in the sector these guys operate in.

So the person I ended up speaking to was the MD directly, quite a funny guy and again spoke to me on a personal level – contradictory to what the website would have me believe about the company, based on that alone I am starting to think that maybe this company isn’t the cold hard shell their online presence shows them to be and they just have a bad/business centric webmaster. Hire me… I’ll sort it out Winking smile.

So why the dread? I have suddenly realised that I know very little about the Swedish recruitment process, I can tell it’s different already… I am prepared to answer questions employers in the UK would ask, about UK businesses and UK affairs; Sweden operates bigger than that and I know it! I am going to have to expand culturally and fast I feel, so immediately I find myself subscribed to World News – perhaps at least now I might be able to avoid the 1 million articles a minute about Maggie Thatcher and read something that will tell me there is a world across the pond…

Love, Peace and all things Awesome!

Howard

VPC to Hyper-V Migration

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Microsoft’s Hyper-V Logo for roll-out with Windows 8

As any business who is beginning to use Windows 8 will notice, it isn’t QUITE at the epitome of it’s excellence at the moment, but despite the downfall of it’s design, it’s function is leagues ahead of it’s predecessors (once you finally find where that function is).

As a developer that has experience in both form and function I can appreciate it is difficult to bridge the gap, so rather focusing on the negative I will say this: Microsoft got it right with Hyper-V! What a lovely surprise it was to find the difficult to manage VPC had been replaced by something as familiar to me as Hyper-V is, and with completely the same interface. If a developer is reading this I don’t have to tell you how much easier it is to manage your various environments in this Hyper-V console!

Migration however, wasn’t without it’s harsh lessons, so I have decided to post my experience here in order to help those in the same position. “Virtual Machine additions can only be uninstalled from within a virtual machine”, and of course Hyper-V integration features cannot be installed without first removing Virtual Machine Additions….An impasse we have reached Hmmm?

So knowing a little about MSI technology I had a feeling that all that was stopping me was a PreCondition function, something that makes assessments on whether you can install/remove/repair or generally USE the MSI before it actually bothers doing anything; annoying in the fact that I often found installers that didn’t recognize Windows 8 as a valid OS but when the check was taken out the software ran great.

Unfortunately I have no VM’s left to demonstrate this on so the pictures step-by-step are cut short, but for those familiar with ORCA this should be a breeze, so let’s go hack this out shall we?

Step 0.5: Download Orca (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255905/en-us)

Installer Folder (Step 1)

Installer Folder (Step 1)

1. Find your installer folder (generally %windir%\Installer)

Title to Explorer (Step 2)

Title to Explorer (Step 2)

2. Add the title column to explorer

3. Search for the MSI responsible for the VM Additions

4. Open it in Orca and find the table called InstallExecuteSequence

5. Delete the entries CA_CheckForRunningInsideAVirtualMachine and Error_CheckForRunningInsideAVirtualMachine

6. Save the MSI and try the uninstallation again.

In all fairness to Microsoft it does state in the migration instructions to uninstall the additions BEFORE migration. Just another bad case of the techie not reading the manual…

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The quite clear instructions from Microsoft on their migration help document.

BAD TECHIE!

Love, peace and all things good,
Howard