I really should blog more. But Twitter and LinkedIn make it so much easier than blogging. Then again I do need to rekindle my love of tech. And doing consulting in Australia is a lot more boring than a Startup in China. On the other hand, my diet, exercise and stress levels are much better.
It’s been a long while between posts.
In the interim the following has happened:
- Gone through a public company’s voluntary administration and subsequent exit
- Started consulting more and bringing some up to date Infrastructure and Linux love to Australia
- Bought a house
- www.skaffold.com went live! Check it out.
I will get back into this now that things start to settle down. A bit to also talk about in China and most importantly now that I am in Australia. I am gaining a better understanding of China as I can compare and contrast. A whole new insight so to speak.
I have been going through my thoughts of my past 6 months of working in Australia as well as looking at discussion topics on various Australia LinkedIn groups. And I have come to an unsettling realisation…
Most “IT Pro’s” in Australia actually have little to none creative or developmental capacity.
Looking over assets listings for a client I see countless line items for software, where tens of thousands of dollars have been spent on software that have better Open Source or SaaS alternatives available.
I am involved in a lot of conversations about China, the world, the global economy and where it is all headed.
I have had a bit of a time adjusting to the laid back approach to work in Australia and then the subsequent outrage if people’s “Shoulds” are interfered with (the soft western should fetish).
I encountered two forms of it today. First was the suggestion that the reasonable’s man understanding of COB was 5PM. Yet I feel that it is at least 6PM and would not be happy if staff left before 6.
The second was a contractor in for a few weeks work and he packed his bag and left his daily work on the desk of the person that he reports to. This is at 5:20 PM mind you – while everyone else is still working….
He walks past this person whom he reports to that is sitting elsewhere and mentions that his work is on her desk. She asks if she can “go through it with him?”
His response and behaviour was nothing short of astonishing!
Had a good tour of the EQUNIX facility in Sydney today. Been to a few (EQUINIX Locations) around the world and yet again the structure, layout and operation procedures are identical to all.
The McDonalds of IDC’s?
I mean that in a good way. I can see why they offer such a compelling IDC choice for many companies. From being carrier neutral, easy cross connects, standardised security and operational procedures – heck even the free wifi is based on the same docket printing and login system.
Who didn’t see this one coming?
Maybe a few “China Consultants” who are out busy trying to sell their expertise (cough) on Guanxi and gan bei? But the rest of you I am sure will be dragging out the #conplete_shock hash tag right about now, right?
In any case, it is now not the case that a business can register a domain name. Get this. Businesses are NOT ALLOWED to own .CN domain names. ONLY INDIVIDUALS. I’ll let you all ponder why that may be the case. It is about as hard as figuring out why BBQ’s attract flies.
This issue has bugged me for well over 5 years. VMWARE has some weird issue – mainly with Linux hosts where the keyoard goes crazy and a single key press cause a million entries to appear. Much like the stoned virus of circa 1989 that really got to me when it ruined my Wing Commander install!
Anyway – this problem gets worse with the distributed IDC/Cloud. So just add this little line to the advnced properties of any (read all) hosts.
keyboard.typematicMinDelay = 2000000
While one normally uses SSH or RDP to get to remote machines – when boot strapping, or post cloning and need to change a mac address binding or any other of small thing, this keyboard bug will drive you nuts. Especially when a 30 second downtime blows out. And all you want to do is edit 2 or 3 characters.
Breath…. please take this all and be happy as I am now.
There seems to be a lot of confusion and old information floating around about what is or isn’t an ICP may be and what is needed to get one and then as announced today – additional steps needed during the actual application process.
All the relevant information is summarised here. ICP like all regulations in China is an opaque topic and can’t be summarised into a bullet point list. So please read the links below to become fully educated.
Please note that this is a notice about the application PROCEDURE. Not about the eligibility or style of ICP. Please see these posts for that information:
ICP Application Procedure and Specifications